Clever Vitter opponents hope to ‘Draft Stormy’

February 9, 2009

By Jeff Crouere
New Orleans CityBusiness

Because of the financial crisis, Washington Mardi Gras was a more subdued affair this year. Nevertheless, politicians, lobbyists and other insiders gathered to talk politics and ponder future political campaigns.

It was also the perfect opportunity for a group called Draft Stormy to launch its “nonpartisan grassroots movement” to draft Baton Rouge native and adult movie star Stormy Daniels into the 2010 race against incumbent Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie.

Vitter is famous for his strong conservative positions and infamous for his involvement with the D.C. Madam call girl ring. While Vitter never divulged the exact specifics of his participation, he did admit to a “serious sin.”

The D.C. Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, committed suicide after she was found guilty of racketeering. In the trial, Vitter was not called as a witness.

At this point, it is doubtful that any more revelations will ever surface, but opponents hope to capitalize on the issue by recruiting the well-known porn star into the race against him.

A Web site, http://www.DraftStormy.com, has been launched and specialized beads were distributed at the Washington Mardi Gras.

It is unknown whether Daniels is interested in the race, but the effort has garnered some publicity for the organizers, who remain anonymous.

Last year, Canal Street Madam Jeanette Maier suggested she may enter the race against Vitter. In 2007, after the D.C. Madam story broke, Maier alleged Vitter was a client of her brothel in New Orleans.

Today, after a stint in rehab, Maier said she is “clean for the first time in years” and has no interest in running against Vitter. Yet, she did maintain that the Draft Stormy movement was “great.”

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