Vitter's campaign spokesman Luke Bolar provided the following statement: "This person works for a firm that we hired to do research, all within the bounds of the law. This includes John Bel Edwards’ business associate and major donor, and his relationship with the John Bel Edwards campaign. It has nothing to do with Newell Normand.”Not sure what the point would be of that distinction. In any case, the subject of this "research" project doesn't have to be one or the other. It's actually probably both.
Still, if you're wondering why Vitter might have so much interest in talking up Cummings's relationship to John Bel, get ready to hear him make a campaign issue out of "Edwards donor John Cummings's slavery museum" at some point. Probably right after he cuts another "murders not monuments" radio ad.