Breitbart says Vitter vulnerable to blackmail

C.J. Ciaramella Contributor
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Andrew Breitbart said today Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has opened himself up to blackmail and extortion for his sexual escapades.

In a video taken at Netroots Nation, an annual conference for left-wing bloggers and activists, Breitbart took a momentary diversion from talking about recently-resigned New York Congressman Anthony Weiner to discuss Vitter and other scandal-ridden politicians.

Breitbart said he’s “not a fan” of Vitter or other politicians who he said abuse the public trust.

“I tend to think all these guys that behave this way are putting themselves in positions to be blackmailed,” Breitbart said about Vitter. “When you put yourself into an elected position and you’re going to, like, do the things that you don’t want the public to find out about, but then when you do it, you’re going to be extorted, you’re going to be blackmailed. It pisses me off.”

In 2007, Vitter found himself in hot water after his phone number was found in the directory of the “D.C. Madame,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Although he confessed to soliciting prostitutes, Vitter was re-elected to the Senate in 2010.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said she wishes conservatives and liberals were less forgiving of scandals that fall on their side of the aisle. (NOT OFFENDED: Breitbart ok with Alec Baldwin calling ‘d-bag-in-chief’)

“Mr. Vitter broke the law, and that‘s pretty clear. It’s hard to understand how somebody who solicits prostitutes can sit in the U.S. Senate,” Sloan said. “Mr. Breitbart seems to understand Vitter and Weiner are similar, and you would think that Eric Cantor, who was vocally calling for Mr. Weiner’s resignation, would be just as quick to call for Vitter’s.”

Vitter’s office was not immediately available for comment.