(Senator says he extended invitation to "fringe public housing group" to meet at his office)
Senator David Vitter says he's disappointed that a group that opposes his stand on public housing would protest at his home instead of meeting him at his office.
Vitter says he reached out to a group member and extended an invitation to meet at his office, but the invitation was ignored.
In a written statement released by his office, Vitter said:
"It is a shame that this group ignored my invitation to have a civilized discussion about the flawed public housing bill. Since they shrugged off the opportunity to engage in real political discourse, it is quite obvious they care less about the actual bill and more about creating a scene. I am disappointed that this group insisted on making a scene at my home. As a public official, I respect the right of citizens to protest, but this planned action will unfairly disturb the lives of my neighbors and their families."
The group supports a proposal by Senator Mary Landrieu to require a one-for-one replacement ratio for public housing units that are to be demolished in New Orleans.