VITTER PARSES THE MEANING OF ‘WOMEN’S ISSUES’…. Sen. David Vitter (R), the scandal-plagued Louisianan, seemed to get caught yesterday in a pretty damaging lie. Today, we’re starting to get a sense of just how thinly Vitter is trying to slice the truth.

At issue is Brent Furer, an aide Vitter kept on his taxpayer-financed payroll, despite Furer having held his ex-girlfriend hostage, threatening to kill her, and attacking her with a knife. The right-wing senator knew about this, and not only kept Furer on his staff, but tasked Furer with helping oversee women’s issues for his office.

Yesterday, Vitter was asked why Furer was assigned to cover women’s issues. The senator categorically denied it, insisting the issue has been “completely misreported.” But “numerous records and published accounts,” based exclusively on word from Vitter’s office, clearly showed when it came to staff assignments, Furer was Vitter’s legislative assistant on women’s issues.

Vitter was later asked specifically, what did Furer work on? “He handled issues including abortion issues, including several other issues,” Vitter said, “but not women’s affairs.”

For crying out loud.

According to Vitter, Furer worked on abortion rights and domestic violence legislation, but these aren’t women’s issues.

So, here’s the question: does the humiliated senator not know what the phrase “women’s issues” mean, or is David Vitter the clumsiest liar in Congress?

Steve Benen

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