July 12, 2007
The statement by my friend and former colleague, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, was very disappointing. He admitted to a serious sin in a statement he released to the press on Monday, prior to news reports revealing that his phone number appeared on a long list of clients numbers of the now infamous DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey.
In the release David assumed complete responsibility for what he did and that he asked for and received forgiveness from God and [his] wife in confession and marriage counseling. These allegations first surfaced about 4 or 5 years ago when David was considering running for governor of Louisiana. He backed away from the race admitting to marital problems and he and his wife sought counseling. This public revelation coincides with that time frame.
While I commend him on assuming personal responsibility and working to make things whole in his life, I cannot defend Davids behavior. Adultery is a serious matter that affects not only the individuals involved but families and the well being of the entire community. Voters have the right to consider issues like this when they assess the character of an elected official.
Having said that, the American people have shown themselves to be very forgiving toward a public official who admits their failures and takes redemptive steps. And despite what some have said since he released his statement, so does God. Proverbs 24:16 reads For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity. I hope to see David back on his feet again.