Brutal ad says Vitter 'chose prostitutes over patriots'

The race for governor in Louisiana took an ugly turn Friday with the release of a television ad that brought up Sen. David Vitter's 2007 prostitution scandal.

It started during a debate this week when fellow gubernatorial candidate Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle brought up Vitter's past use of prostitutes.

The mention was followed by Democratic State Representative John Bel Edwards' decision to release his latest campaign video. The ad claims Vitter "answered a prostitute's call minutes after he skipped a vote honoring 28 soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our freedom."

Edwards is running for governor against Vitter. In September, the two were tied at 24 percent, but in recent polls Edwards has sported a double-digit lead.