I’m starting to get the feeling that at least part of Senator David Vitter’s motivation for frequenting prostitutes is he identifies with them. From Mother Jones:

So why is Vitter so sympathetic to the formaldehyde industry? Campaign finance records show that many of Louisiana’s big formaldehyde polluters happen to be—you guessed it—Vitter campaign donors. He’s received $9,000 from Dow Chemical’s PAC, $5,000 from Monsanto’s, $5,000 from ExxonMobil’s, and $2,500 from the American Forest and Paper Association’s. The American Forest and Paper Association is also a member of the Formaldehyde Council, an industry group whose views align with Vitter’s (it’s lobbied for an NAS review, too).

Okay, I find it hard to believe he’s into formaldehyde just for the $21,500 in campaign contributions.  I think YRHT is closer to the point:

When you ask connected politicos about Vitter, the person, you often get a reaction that begins with a deep, unsettling shudder, then a thoughtful pause, and then a statement along the lines of: “Remember the Conan the Barbarian movie where the evil priest Thursa Doom transforms into a serpent …”

(Photo credit: Mother Jones via dsb nola.  Note to Mother Jones: Is it too much to ask for a link?)

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Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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