"Hello, this is Joel DiGrado, Sen. [David] Vitter's Communications Director. The senator is on his way to a lunch with the [Louisiana] delegation, but I wanted to let you know that in the spirit of this week, Sen. Vitter announced that his 'dates' to today's delegation lunch would be Mary Landrieu and Cedric Richmond. I trust the press will applaud this for weeks since this is bipartisan and bicameral. Also, Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Richmond are from New Orleans, and Sen. Vitter is from Metairie. Some others in the delegation thought that's the same area, but Sen. Vitter explained it's actually opposite ends of the universe. This just shows what can happen when we're united by higher common goals ... like not getting caught in between Reps. (Charles) Boustany and (Jeff) Landry when the food fight over redistricting erupts." — DiGrado, posting on Vitter's Facebook page Jan. 26.
"You've managed to aggravate the White House and the president who appointed you, the environmental community and industry. So there is some hope that this report has found some sort of balance." — Sen. Mary Landrieu to former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Reilly and former Sen. Bob Graham, chairs of President Barack Obama's bipartisan National Oil Spill Commission. Reilly and Graham appeared in front of both chambers of Congress Jan. 26. Their report suggested the creation of a new independent agency under the aegis of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The new agency would be in charge of offshore drilling safety. Landrieu called that "a step in the right direction."