Posted: Jul 7, 2010 6:21 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Jul 7, 2010 6:44 PM
The first day of qualifying for Fall elections started off a little rocky for one candidate.
A trusted aide of Senator Vitter resigned this month after ABC news released an investigative report which looked into Brent Furer's past.
On Furer's rap sheet an arrest after police said he attacked his ex girlfriend with a knife and held her hostage for 90 minutes.
Also, an open warrant for his arrest.
When questioned about the scandal this is what Senator Vitter had to say--
Vitter said, "Well actually I have responded and I've answered every detailed question. I just think it's really desperate of Charlie Melancon to base so much of his campaign on something that was dealt with two years ago in terms of this incident."
Furer remained on Senator Vitter's payroll for the past two years, until he resigned two weeks ago.
When KATC pushed to find out why, he walked away in the middle of a question.
Democratic opponent, Charlie Melancon, also weighed in on the issue today as well.
Melancon said, "Here's a guy that attacked a woman. Figure it out-it's not that complicated and you don't just give a person four months paid vacation."
Melacon says his opinion doesn't matter---constitutes opinions are what matters.
"The decisions he made in his office-that will be up to people to make that judgment, but I think it's just part of a pattern out there," he explained.