Sen. Vitter obeys the mitzvah of Gen. 1:28 …

Apparently his long-term affair with a prostitute (not the one from the Palfrey Escort Services) was blessed with issue.

“Be fruitful and multiply.”

I have some actual news to report, but first some commentary.

1. Yes, in general a politician’s sex life is his or her own business, meaning none of mine.

2. However, if a politician uses “the sanctity of marriage” as an excuse for gay-baiting, then he deserves to be taunted mercilessly if he ignored his own wedding vows.

3. Hiring the services of a prostitute may or may not be a sin, and God may or may not have forgiven David Vitter. (Apparently he has a direct line to Heaven, but I don’t.) But it’s certainly a crime. It’s bad for lawmakers to commit crimes.

4. If Sen. Vitter thinks that hiring prostitutes shouldn’t be a crime, does he plan to propose repealing the law? (Even under Home Rule, Congress has the power to change the laws in the District of Columbia.) If he thinks it should be a crime, does he plan to confess and plead guilty?

5. The Bush Administration is so fervently opposed to prostitution that it opposes providing HIV-prevention services to workers in the sex trade, putting them, their customers, and their customers’ spouses at risk of what remains an incurable disease. Does Sen. Vitter think he and his wife deserve to get AIDS from his interactions with prostitutes? If not, would he like to reconsider his support for that stupid and vicious policy?

6. It turns out that the escort or escorts Vitter hired from the Palfrey service weren’t his only experience with commercial sex. Vitter carried on an affair of several months’ duration with a prostitute &#8212 pardon me, that’s “sex worker” &#8212 from the French Quarter. (The lady’s surname sounds Hispanic; perhaps, as a friend suggested, Sen. Vitter’s fervent opposition to immigration reform reflected a general disposition to screw Latinas.)

So much is public. Now here’s the news.

It isn’t yet public, though apparently it’s widely known in Louisiana political circles, that Vitter’s commercial romance was blessed with issue. Reportedly his natural child now lives with her mother in Alexandria, VA. That they are receiving financial support from the Senator has not been shown.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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