Senator Poses With Lots of Dead Alligators

David Vitter’s political fundraisers have gotten creative.

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Matt Berman
Sept. 11, 2013, 11:54 a.m.

One of the most miser­ably dull as­pects of life in the United States Con­gress is the nev­er-end­ing fun­drais­ing. But sup­port­ers of Louisi­ana’s Dav­id Vit­ter have found a way to make woo­ing donors a bit more in­ter­est­ing.

In May, a su­per PAC sup­port­ing Sen. Vit­ter (R) sent around an in­vite for a Septem­ber al­ligator hunt in the Louisi­ana bay­ou with the sen­at­or, at a cost of $5,000 a per­son. And over the week­end, Vit­ter pos­ted a photo on Face­book of the end res­ult:

(Dav­id Vit­ter/Face­book)

The Face­book com­ments on the photo ranged from “Shoot gat­ors NOT mis­siles in­to Syr­ia!” to “YUM YUM.”

Al­ligator hunt­ing is ac­tu­ally close to Vit­ter’s heart. In Au­gust 2012, Vit­ter got the Louisi­ana De­part­ment of Wild­life and Fish­er­ies (LD­WF) to provide ad­di­tion­al al­ligator hunt­ing tags after hear­ing from con­stitu­ents that al­ligator over­pop­u­la­tion was hurt­ing the fish­ing in­dustry. “There’s a simple solu­tion to help get rid of the al­ligator over­pop­u­la­tion dis­rupt­ing the fish­ing com­munity,” Vit­ter said in a state­ment. “And I’m very pleased that the Corps and the LD­WF worked with us to is­sue more hunt­ing tags.”

It ap­pears that Vit­ter is now tak­ing an even more act­ive role in elim­in­at­ing the al­ligator men­ace.


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