Republican Senator Vitter to run for Louisiana governor

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 11:23 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator David Vitter announced on Tuesday he plans to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015, saying he thinks he can help the people of his state more from the governor's office than from Capitol Hill.

Vitter, a conservative Republican, made his announcement in a YouTube video.

"I believe that as our next governor I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities that we face in Louisiana - helping us fully reach our full potential," Vitter said.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999. He moved to the Senate after 2004 elections and was re-elected in 2010, his website said. His current term expires in 2016.

In 2007, Vitter admitted to "a very serious sin" after he was linked to a Washington escort service and apologized for the sex scandal.

Vitter's phone number was found five times in phone records dating from 1999 to 2001 for "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who is accused of running a prostitution ring in Washington, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. Palfrey has said she operated a legal escort service.

(Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler)