Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 25 -The Louisiana Senate race is turning out to be a showdown between Democratic Representative Charlie Melancon and current Republican Senator David Vitter. The commercials that have been airing in Louisiana are getting brutal. The winner according to many polls is looking like it’s going to be David Vitter, according to the Huffington Post, but there are many reasons why Vitter should not be re-elected to his current post as senator. By electing him, it will be a great disservice to how far; we as a nation have come in the fight for women’s rights. David Vitter also stands for companies such as BP over the people of his own state.
When you turn on the TV anywhere in Louisiana, you are sure to see at least one commercial having to deal with the upcoming election. This Senate race is a knockdown, drag out, all out brawl for the position. Charlie Melancon is running ads that while they are disturbing, are not going to win him the senate seat. His ads focus on how Sen. David Vitter has employed a girlfriend beater, and even put him on the Women’s Issues post within his campaign. Vitter has also voted against laws giving equal pay for equal work, protections for women raped in the workplace, and coverage for mammograms. He also has his hand in a Washington D.C. prostitution ring scandal, according to Charliemelancon.com. All of these things are horrible, but that is not the issue that the majority of voters are concerned about, the economy is. People are so desperate for jobs right now that women’s rights issues have to take a back seat to finding Louisianans jobs.
Charlie Melancon has all the ammunition he needs to take down Vitter, but instead of using it in an ad which the whole state of Louisiana will see, he uses the women’s rights ad. The key to Melancon’s victory is using the fact that Vitter was more concerned about the senate limiting BP’s financial responsibility with the oil spill, according to The Hill. Vitter should have been concerned about the loss of jobs for Louisiana residents and their economic recovery, more than BP, and that is the kind of issue that is going to get people out to vote.
David Vitter’s ads are focused on the economy and blaming Melancon for all of President Obama’s missteps, according to Davidvitter.com. This is why Vitter is doing so much better in the polls. The country is more focused on the economy then with women’s rights. Vitter is going to take the victory in this race if Melancon doesn’t step up his ads to focus on the things that matter to voters right now. Yes, women’s rights are important, but that is not what the majority of the voters are concerned about.
This isn’t going to be a close race if Melancon doesn’t step up his ads and get the truth about David Vitter out to the people. When Election Day rolls around we will see who was triumphant, and it’s not going to be Charlie Melancon if he doesn’t regroup and reload.
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Huffpost Politics, “2010 Louisiana Senate General Election: David Vitter (R) vs. Charlie Melancon (D)” The Huffington Post
Sean J. Miller, “Sen. Vitter ad: Melancon huddling with ‘trial lawyers'” The Hill
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