David Vitter’s Faulty Claims On Guilty Legislative Aide.


Brent Furer, a legislative aide for David Vitter, plead guilty to attacking his girlfriend with a knife in 2008. No only did he stay on staff, David Vitter claims he didn’t work on the one issue it turns out he did work on–women’s issues.

via TPM.

Brent Furer pled guilty in 2008 to attacking his girlfriend with a knife, but was nonetheless retained in Vitter’s DC legislative office in the role of legislative assistant for women’s issues until the details of Furer’s crime were publicized in late June. He subsequently resigned. In Louisiana today, Vitter categorically denied that Furer worked on women’s issues in any way. But numerous records and published accounts prove otherwise.

Several DC-based information services publish detailed listings of staff assignments and contact information for Capitol Hill offices. And multiple directories, both online and in hard copy, name Furer as Vitter’s legislative assistant on women’s issues.

Either Vitter is clueless about what issues his staff works on (doubtful) or he just caught lying in an attempt to justify Furer’s continued employment. Also, Furer worked on legislation with Beth Meeks, the ED of Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence where they worked on DV legislation together and according to TPM she was personally informed that “Furer was Vitter’s point man on the issue.” Oh oops!

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  • Comrade Kevin

    Good Old Boys stick together, unfortunately. And in states where I grew up, the Good Old Boy network is alive and well.
    Southern politics is still very much indebted to these sorts of close ties and allegiances. People end up in positions of power not based on their merit or suitability for office, but on their ties to those already in power.

  • e-pro

    Vitter is scum. The fact that 10-15% of the population cannot find a job, yet this human santorum stain continues to earn a taxpayer-subsidized paycheck makes me wonder if Louisiana Republican voters have the ability count past 20 without having to get naked.
    Vitter is another replicant in the long line of “Family” “Values” Republicans that seeks to steal the freedoms from women and LGBT communities; all while conducting the very lifestyle they publicly admonish. It’s no surprise that he would ignore intimate-partner violence on his staff, considering he treated his own wife like trash.
    Senator Vitter regularly purchased the services of sex workers without consent of his wife (I apologize that the news story uses the “P” word).
    Of course, just like these other Republican “Christians” that cheated on their wives:
    -former Representative and current South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford
    -current Nevada Senator John Ensign
    -former Mississippi Representative Chip Pickering
    -former Indiana Representative Mark Souder;
    Vitter voted to impeach President Clinton for his own infidelities, and to convict him for High Crimes worthy of Removal from Office.
    Polls show that the Party of Hypocrisy, Plutocracy, Racism and Homophobia might re-take Congress.
    We have to get the Enlightened voters to the polls, or people like pro-abuse Senator Vitter will be in charge of our government.

  • IAmGopherrr

    Like the fox gaurding the hen house.

  • sixseventytwo

    Not surprised. Vitter is an asshole himself, who is consistently anti-woman. Ugh, love ya Louisiana! Wish the rest of you was like New Orleans =[