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California GOP consultant Rob Stutzman helped sink Vitter in Louisiana

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter, R-La., center, and his wife Wendy, left, are comforted by their supporters after announcing his defeat at his election night watch party in Kenner, La., Saturday. Vitter said he is not going to run again for the U.S. Senate after losing in an upset race for governor to Democrat John Bel Edwards.
Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter, R-La., center, and his wife Wendy, left, are comforted by their supporters after announcing his defeat at his election night watch party in Kenner, La., Saturday. Vitter said he is not going to run again for the U.S. Senate after losing in an upset race for governor to Democrat John Bel Edwards. AP

Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant based in Sacramento, played a key role in the defeat of Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s bid for the governorship of Louisiana last week.

Stutzman, according to an article published Tuesday in the National Journal, became part of a bipartisan team that fashioned three ads attacking Vitter on his involvement in a prostitution scandal. The ads were aired by a group called the Louisiana Water Coalition, financed by a Baton Rouge law firm.

Democrat John Bel Edwards defeated Vitter in what most political observers considered to be an upset.

Stutzman became involved in hopes of having another Republican win the primary, and stopped work after Vitter won the primary. But the theme he helped devise was used effectively against Vitter in his runoff with Edwards.

“My view is the herd should be thinned of our bad candidates,” Stutzman told the Journal, “and he (Vitter) might be one of the worst candidates we had anywhere in the country as an incumbent.”

Stutzman, in an interview with The Bee, said Tuesday that he’s gratified that not only did Vitter lose the governorship but announced that he won’t seek re-election to the Senate.

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