Vitter’s Victory: EPA Official Resigns During Investigation Over E-Mails

official-vitterA high-ranking EPA official, Region 8 Administrator James Martin, will resign after weeks of scrutiny over allegations that he used a personal email account to conduct “official business.” Martin was accused of using his private account to confirm a meeting with the general counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund. That would not appear a catastrophic event, but what truly interests me is the Senator who has been leading the charge: Louisiana Senator David Vitter. It was Vitter who used his official cellphone to arrange liaisons with prostitutes from the Senate floor. He first attacked reporters and witnesses as liars before reluctantly admitting the truth and claiming to have been forgiven for his sins. He then demanded to use campaign funds to pay for his legal fees. He was not only not charged but reelected to the Senate.

Vitter was quick to note that the resignation came after his demanding answers regarding the use of a private account for official business and noted that Martin had recently hired legal counsel. Presumably, unlike Vitter, Martin would have paid for such private counsel himself.

This is part of a larger email investigation that already claimed former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson who resigned in the middle of the investigation. There is clearly a violation of agency rules, but the GOP might have found a less problematic choice for the senator leading the charge.

Source: Senate Committee

43 thoughts on “Vitter’s Victory: EPA Official Resigns During Investigation Over E-Mails”

  1. Reminds me of one Jesus’ parables. The master forgives his servant and the servant turns around demanding punishment of someone beneath him. Religious Right Hypocrisy! Tell us, Senator Vitter, how do you like your diapers changed? You bad, naughty boy. I think I can guess why you feel such shame.

  2. “The woman was Sen Laxalt’s DAUGHTER. She was single and 24.”

    Daughter, wife? What’s the difference. Oh yeah, they both said it was a one night ‘mistake’ I guess that counts for extra points on the ‘I’m not really the sleazebag from hell’ scale.

  3. leej

    The woman was Sen Laxalt’s DAUGHTER. She was single and 24.

  4. Frankly, I totally agree with the thrust of you first point, and I’m still working on the second

  5. id707, I’m not quite sure how to respond to your elliptical, at least to me, questions. But I think you are basically passionate and sincere.

    I like this site, which is really hard to characterize, in part because it gives me the opportunity to test the edge of my own conviction — at a time when critique is still possible, but meaningful action seems much less so. I.e., does it even matter? That speaks for the negative side of my personality. Yeah, so I enjoy rolling ideas around in my head, but beside hearing myself think and talk, it’s more like pissing in the wind. (that would be describing me; none others implied).

  6. DonS – remember how steadfastly this administration stood behind Sharrod Brown when Andrew Dimbart took after her with a willfully edited clip designed to smear her? What did they wait, 5 minutes before tossing her overboard? And then a week later when the truth of that awful little mans plot became clear they couldn’t manage even a tiny bit of public regret or outrage.

    Yes, hypocrisy is alive and well in both parties but if you want to see where the difference is compare how this administration has treated people attacked on the flimsiest of trumped up BS to the last administration that fought for criminals caught red-handed in its midst. Even the outing of a CIA agent and the destruction of years of careful intelligence gathering couldn’t get them to dump their criminals.

  7. DonS

    What Dorothy says.

    So what’s new? Messpo shows that it has been around for decades (so how boring is that?). Others chime in with their bells in the same tune. Here is criticism enough that all can get a share other than Dorothy.

    Same o’ same o’ , other than my insistant requests that you look at a new horse, the agencies and the EPA man is a good example.

    Am I boring? Do be the first to tell me.
    Am I relevant?? Mostly, and definitely now. The rest are playing a game of pin the blame on a familiar donkey.

    Do I amuse you? Couldn’t care less. That I picked on you has with your apperent intelligence. Guess that I overestimated. Opinions. Not snarks.

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  10. Vitter got away with his misconduct because he is a FAMILY VALUES REPUBLICAN. They get away with everything.

  11. Paul, I have found here that most are equal opportunity critics of sleaze of either party. Repubs, in my observation, just seem to have a greater flair for it although I’ll admit, it’s a close call.

    And making excuses such as “we all have foibles” (don’t we know) doesn’t do much as an argument in support of a class of folks we are suppose to have trust in. And Congresscritters usually leave out no opportunity to say revering them is as it should be although, relatedly, I half think we are reaching the point where that sleaze will be so deep that the excuse de jour will be “hey we’re no better or worse” than the average shlump. (only you peons should continue to think so).

  12. Paul:

    “get off your high horse that repubs are dirty, they are all human and they all do things dumb and selfish on a more frequent basis than any of us would prefer.”


    That’s the excuse I used to hear from most every defendant I represented as court-appointed counsel. That cop is dirty; the prosecutor is dirty, and even the judge is dirty so why pick on me? Unfortunately my clients invariably found out that throwing mud at everyone made them not one bit cleaner. Tarring everyone else didn’t make them any less guilty either and it won’t help the Repubs this time around.

  13. Funny, the Repubs never seem to have any problem with the defense agencies. They must be perfect, I suppose.

  14. To those that talk about Repubs foibles, get a life! we are all human, left, right, center, upside down, inside out, there are dirty politicians of every stripe. So Vitter made calls from the senate floor, Barney had sex on the house floor. And he probably wasn’t the first. Anybody know of of the news about Jesse Jackson Jr? How about our ex Pres having oral sex in the oval office, and he probably wasn’t the first either.

    get off your high horse that repubs are dirty, they are all human and they all do things dumb and selfish on a more frequent basis than any of us would prefer.

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