October 2, 2010 – Incumbent Republican, David Vitter, faces heavy opposition in the upcoming election. While only two candidates stand out in the polls, some heavy hits have been made, including negative campaigning and an UFC-style cage match.
David Vitter, the Republican incumbent currently leads in the polls despite his controversial time spent in Washington. Accused by the Louisiana Democratic Party of having affairs with prostitutes, misusing expense accounts, and shamelessly promoting deep-water oil drilling due to personal stock investment interests, Vitter has run his campaign with an attack-and-conquer approach. His campaign sponsored negative ads displaying his “Obama- approving” rival, Charlie Melancon, supporting immigration issues and Wall Street bail outs. “Millionaires, illegals and Charlie Melancon are counting on you,” says a female narrator during the most recent Vitter ad. According to Vitter’s campaign website, he can be credited with significant accomplishments while in office. He recently passed new flood insurance legislation and voted against Senator Reid’s DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants up to age 35 to receive financial aid to go to college.
Charlie Melancon, a democrat, most recently served as the Louisiana State Representative for District 3. After trying the positive “get the facts straight” approach, he has also resorted to negative campaigning. His ad attacks Vitter’s decision to vote against mammogram coverage and equal pay for equal work legislation. He also addresses the fact that Vitter extended employment of a convicted felon who stabbed his girlfriend in the face.
William McShan is the Reform Party’s candidate. He is running as the “honest and accountable alternative to established politician, David Vitter.” Backed by some Tea Party groups, McShan is cast as the “good ‘ole boy” in the race.
Mike Spears is an independent candidate with a business background. He made state news when he challenged Vitter to a cage match. Yes, a fighting match that would take place in a cage. The 46- year old Spears is quoted saying, “You [Vitter] and other career politicians like yourself, hell-bent on ruining this nation, have blood on your hands.”
There are many other independent candidates running for Vitter’s senate seat. They are Michael Karlton Brown, R.A. “Skip” Galan, Milton Gordon, Tommy LaFargue, Bobby Lang, Sam Houston Melton Jr., and Ernest Wooton. All of these candidates are low key and haven’t been able to rally much statewide support. However, this election season has shown that people want a change of scenery in Washington, so it is anyone’s race.
Nick Wing: Huffington Post- Mike Spears Challenges David Vitter