Sheriff accuses Vitter of spying
GRETNA - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Tuesday he believes he was the main target of a private investigator working for David Vitter. The investigator, Robert Frenzel, is accused of videotaping a private conversation between Normand and his friends the day before the primary election on October 23rd.
The incident happened at a Metairie coffee shop. Normand said Frenzel was sitting at a different table but stuck a recording device between the sheriff and his friend as they spoke.
On Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Vitter called the incident "silly" and said nothing illegal happened. Normand said he was turning evidence over to the FBI.
In a statement, Vitter's campaign said the private investigator was recording another person sitting with Normand. They said that person is a business associate with Democrat John Bel Edwards and they've turned over their own evidence to federal investigators.
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