You can’t get away with everything in Sen. David Vitter’s (R-LA) office.
Conservatives have been frothing over a memo, written by staffers at the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, outlining an approach to immigration reform. Appearing today on Fox News, Vitter joined in to pile on.
“This approach is completely out of bounds,” Vitter said. “The fact that it’s being discussed within the Administration should concern everybody. If somebody on my staff was developing that sort of approach for legislation, they’d be fired.”
Vitter, you’ll recall, allowed one of his top aides to remain on staff for about two years after he attacked his girlfriend with a knife. Moreover, that aide was assigned to work on women’s issues.
Even the Fox anchor was willing to give the staffers the benefit of the doubt. “I mean it’s highly possible that a number of different scenarios were asked of the attorneys to kind of look into and figure how, different approaches. That would seem to me something that staffers might work on, different approaches. Doesn’t necessarily mean the Administration is standing behind it.”
That’s a bridge too far in Vitter’s office, though.
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