Senator Calls Harry Reid A 'Mafia Thug'
(National Review) The Congressional Leadership Empire decided to strike back at
Vitter. Politico reported that several Democratic senators have asked staff to
draft legislation that would deny federal health subsidies to anyone who votes
for the Vitter plan, even if Vitter’s plan doesn’t become law.
An even more spiteful draft bill would bar subsidies to any lawmaker or aide found by a congressional ethics committee to have “engaged in the solicitation of prostitution.”
In 2007, Vitter's phone number was found in the records of the "D.C. Madam," the owner of a high-end prostitution ring. Back then, Vitter held a news conference with his wife standing next to him and apologized for a "serious sin" that he refused to discuss further. He was reelected with 57 percent of the vote in 2010.
Vitter isn’t taking the attempts to strong-arm him quietly. "Harry Reid is acting like an old-time Vegas mafia thug, and a desperate one at that," he said in a statement to Politico.
He also wrote a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee demanding an investigation of Reid and Democratic senator Barbara Boxer of California. "Threatening to take away their colleagues’ health care coverage subsidy if they do not vote a certain way, at worst constitutes bribery and a quid pro quo arrangement, and at best amounts to improper conduct," he wrote. Senator Reid’s office responded by calling Vitter's charges "absurd and baseless."
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