Saturday, October 25, 2008

Why didn't David Vitter or Bobby Jindal help Peter Gomez*?

If you live in the New Orleans area, you've probably seen the commercial about Peter Gomez, the WWII veteran whose lost combat medals were lost during Hurricane Betsy. If not, you can see the ad on Scalise's website. For forty years, Peter Gomez unsuccessfully fought the bureaucracy to get replacements for his lost medals. Unsuccessfully, until Steve Scalise intervened on Gomez' behalf this Fall. In other words, for forty years, Bob Livingston, David Vitter, and Bobby Jindal all failed to get replacement medals for Gomez when Louisiana's 1st Congressional District was a safe Republican seat. In fairness, the same could be said of F. Edward Hebert when it was a safe Democratic seat; it makes you wonder how a freshman congressman was able to do what his more influential predecessors couldn't. Suddenly, for the first time in forty years, the incumbent faces a real re-election challenge and Gomez gets his medals back. Go figure.

Update: Now he has a commercial that touts his association with Sarah Palin.

*t.c. from the anemic "Another example of why Louisiana needs a strong Democratic Party."

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