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Bridget Johnson


January 21, 2014 - 10:38 am


Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is bucking to replace Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal when the 42-year-old chief executive is term-limited out of office.

“I believe that as our next governor I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities that we face in Louisiana,” Vitter said in a video announcing his candidacy, promising it will be his “last political job, elected or appointed. Period.”

He wouldn’t have to run for his Senate seat again until fall 2016, which means he can concentrate on a 2015 gubernatorial campaign without forfeiting his seat.

Vitter’s Senate career survived a 2007 sex scandal after he was revealed to be one of the D.C. Madam’s clients. He won his 2010 re-election campaign with 57 percent of the vote.

The 52-year-old senator is currently the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Potential challenger’s for Jindal’s seat include Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I am curious if Vitter wins, if he appoints Jindal to his seat for the remainder of his term.
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