WASHINGTON -- Andrew Breitbart says he is "not a fan" of Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) for the same reason he doesn't like ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner: Both led sleazy secret lives that could have compromised the public trust.
Speaking freely with a wine glass in hand, the conservative online publisher whose work helped bring down Weiner told a Netroots Nation activist over the weekend that the problem is that such men are vulnerable to extortion.
Weiner sent lewd photos to women over Twitter, then lied about it. Vitter admitted in 2007 he was on the client list of a D.C. madam.
"I tend to think all these guys who behave this way put themselves in a position to be blackmailed," said Breitbart in a phone video recording of his chat.
He also mentioned former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), ex-Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) as politicians who could have been extorted.
Ensign admitted to an affair with an aide and quit amid an FBI probe into whether her husband was steered work to help cover it up. Sanford was censured after he was caught flying to South America to cheat on his wife. Foley quit after sending suggestive emails to congressional pages.
"I'm not a fan [of Vitter],” Breitbart said. "I'm not a fan of Ensign. I'm not a fan of Mark Sanford. I'm not a fan of Mark Foley. The guys who put themselves in these positions -- if they're Republicans or they're Democrats -- I don't like them."
But unlike Weiner, Ensign, Foley and Sanford, Vitter remains in his position of authority, although some conservatives are calling for him to quit in the wake of the Weiner resignation, which takes effect at midnight, June 21.
"I don't like Republicans or Democrats that behave this way with the public trust, including Vitter," Breitbart added.