President Donald Trump plans to nominate Wendy Vitter, the wife of former U.S. Sen. David Vitter, for a vacant federal judgeship in New Orleans, according to an email from the White House obtained by The Advocate. U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican, had recommended three people — including Wendy Vitter — for the position. A Tulane Law School graduate, Wendy Vitter has been the general counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans since 2012. She will have to undergo a background check and win Senate approval before she can take the bench.  Sen. Cassidy submits 3 names, including Wendy Vitter's, for federal judgeship U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has submitted three names to the White House for a vacant federal jud… Cassidy has taken the lead on the nomination, under an agreement between Cassidy and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, also a Republican. Her nomination could generate controversy given the potential appearance that Cassidy is returning a political favor. David Vitter played a decisive role in helping Cassidy win election to the Senate three years ago.  Vitter served two terms in the Senate before losing the 2015 governor’s race and then announcing he would not seek a third term in 2016. He is now a lawyer and lobbyist. It's not clear what sort of reception the nomination will get in the Senate, where Vitter was "one of the most disliked members," according to a 2015 Politico article. Wendy Vitter won respect while serving as the campaign manager for her husband’s three elections to the U.S. House and assisting in his two victorious Senate campaigns. Before that, from 1984-92, she worked in the office of Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick Sr., first as a law clerk and later as an assistant district attorney. During part of that time, she served as chief of felony trials and prosecuted more than 100 jury trials, specializing in homicide cases. Her most memorable turn in the public spotlight came in 2007 following the revelation that phone records showed her husband had made five calls to the “D.C. Madam” escort service. In his first public comments, Vitter said he had sought forgiveness from God and his wife for unspecified “past actions.” Stephanie Grace: