As a member of the US Senate, David Vitter is one of the most powerful men in the country. And this is how he behaves:

According to an HOH tipster who witnessed the scene, the Louisiana Republican arrived Thursday evening at his United Airlines gate 20 minutes before the plane was scheduled to depart, only to find the gate had already been closed. Undeterred, Vitter opened the door, setting off a security alarm and prompting an airline worker to warn him that entering the gate was forbidden.

Vitter, our spy said, gave the airline worker an earful, employing the timeworn “do-you-know-who-I-am” tirade that apparently grew quite heated.

"Sorry sir, I didn’t recognize you without the diaper and the whore," said the airline worker.

OK, I made that last part up.

But, it does make Vitter the perfect spokesman for the anti-Employee Free Choice efforts. It shows just how full of shit these people are when they say they’re acting out of "concern" for workers to "save" a secret ballot that the bill doesn’t threaten. No matter what he might say, Vitter is a rich guy with no respect for working people. He’s up for re-election in 2010, and his polling numbers show he’s vulnerable.

If you’re from Louisiana and you’d like to write a letter to local papers letting them know that Vitter’s behavior typifies the opposition to Employee Free Choice, you can do it here.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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