Sen. Vitter Throws Tantrum at DC Airport

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 2:34 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Sen. David Vitter, perhaps best known for admitting to patronizing a prostitute, had a very public meltdown at Washington’s Dulles Airport last week after arriving late for a flight, Roll Call reports. Finding the gate already closed when he arrived to board, the Louisiana Republican opened the door anyway, setting off alarms and sparking a confrontation with airline personnel.

Sources said Vitter employed the “do-you-know-who-I-am” line of argument, but when an airline staffer moved to call security, Vitter left the gate.  A Vitter spokesman had no comment.