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Jul 1, 2010 7:40 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Vitters Long-Time Aide Resigns

After years of being overlooked, Senator Vitter's aide--Brent Furer's past finally caught up with him.

Furer resigned last week after ABC News released an investigative report, which revealed a long criminal history including a 2008 arrest for attacking his ex girlfriend with a knife, holding her hostage for ninety minutes, and an open warrant for his arrest.

Vitter said he knew about Furer’s 2008 criminal history.

Vitter's Democratic opponent Charlie Melancon posted a campaign yesterday on his YouTube account. The video features Louisiana women questioning why Vitter kept Furer working on women’s issues after the domestic violence assault conviction.

Furer's history of domestic abuse also bothers Lafayette women's advocacy groups.

Jody Harris, Community Outreach Coordinator for Faith House in Lafayette, said, "Naturally we would want somebody who didn't have a history of abuse."

She added that politicians play an important role as women’s advocates.

"We will keep a watchful eye and continue to watch the situation, “she said. ”We are absolutely interested in who assumes the position and look forward to working side by side with that person."

Furer resigned last Wednesday and Vitter has yet to comment on that resignation.

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