My memory about the events in 2002 [Vitter's withdrawal from the governor's race] was jogged while reviewing James Gill's T-P column from 7/11, which discusses how Vitter's enemies are enjoying his current discomfort. One of those enemies is Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee:
Lee has been waiting for this moment for years, and has indeed more than once threatened to reveal dark secrets about Vitter, although never following through. Lee pulled back at the last minute, for instance, after threatening to expose Vitter for nameless sins when he first ran for Bob Livingston's old U.S. House seat in 1999.
Didn't Harry Lee also threaten to "reveal dark secrets about Vitter" again in 2002? If memory serves, didn't Lee either schedule or threaten to schedule a press conference in May of 2002, just prior to Vitter's announcement that he would "put family first" and opt out of the Governor's race? Like the calls from Hustler and Time magazine, did Sheriff Lee have something to do with Vitter's decision in 2002? Actual reporting and commentary on this is scant, so please feel free to send any confirmations or refutations about this recollection in the comments or to YRHT contact email.
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photo: Wendy Vitter chastises reporters for reporting on her husband's extramarital activities.
EXTRA: Allegedly Wendy Cortez Yow (alleged Vitter hooker):