July 11th, 2007
10:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Flynt says he is motivated by hypocrisy

Larry Flynt said Wednesday he doesn’t want Vitter, above, “legislating for me.”

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hustler publisher Larry Flynt took credit Wednesday for exposing Sen. David Vitter as a client of a D.C. prostitute, saying he did so to uncover the Louisiana Republican’s hypocrisy.

“I very seldom get a chance to get a big one, and sometimes I have to go bottom feeding,” Flynt said at a late afternoon news conference. “We have a criteria, and that is if someone is living a life contrary to the way they are advocating - their personal life - than they become fair game.”

Vitter admitted Monday that his telephone number turned up in the phone records of an escort service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, though he did not say he had sex with a prostitute. The records date from before he won his Senate seat in 2004.

On Tuesday, Hustler magazine claimed credit for exposing Vitter's connection to the "D.C. Madam,” saying he confessed after a journalist reported finding the senator's number in the escort service's phone records.

In Wednesday’s press conference, Flynt said, “I don’t want a man like that legislating for me, especially in the areas of morality.”

Vitter heavily campaigned on social values in his 2004 Senate race and was one of the top backers of a failed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.

The Louisiana Republican issued a statement Monday night calling his contact with Palfrey a “very serious sin,” but has since not been seen in public.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: D.C. Madam • David Vitter
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Motivated by Hypocrisy? Exactly how many Democrats has Larry Flynt outed?? Ummm ZERO?

    Yes – hypocrisy is alive and well, Mr Flynt!

    July 11, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Neal, Dallas, TX

    I would hope his constituents would do the right thing and recall Senator Vitter from office for his shameful, hypocritical behavior.

    July 11, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    You state that Vitter wasn't a U.S. Senator at the time in question. However, Vitter served as a U.S. Represntative prior to being elected to the Senate. Did the events in question occur during his tenure in the House?

    July 11, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Aaron, Brooklyn NY

    What CNN does not tell you that he was serving in the House of Representatives in 2004.

    July 11, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Go Larry. You still rock.

    July 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Dwayne Barton, Denver CO

    Once again, we have a republican candidate attempting to legisalte morality. This is the medias job–to hold politicians accountable for their deeds and words–yet it takes Larry Flynt to expose sexual hypocrisy in the congress. US press do your job.

    Republicans stop wagging fingers at President Clinton when it somes to morality and start looking at your own "family values" party. There is no bigger hypocrisy than in the Republican party.

    July 11, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Ben Albuquerque New Mexico

    Larry Flynt for President!

    July 11, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Steve, Flagstaff Arizona

    Sounds typical...

    July 11, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Eddy Rio Linda, Ca

    And the parade of Republican hypocrites just keeps on coming!!

    July 11, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. JR Reinking, Woodinville, WAAA

    Bravo, Larry Flynt!

    You just got two votes from my spouse and I. Keep up the good work. Spotlight everyone of those sob's on that list.

    Good for you.

    J.R.Reinking

    July 11, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Alex R., Columbia, SC

    Vitter is definitely a hypocrite, but so is Flynt. But I guess it takes one to know one. I hate to break it to Flynt, but exposing someone else's faults doesn't magically make your own disappear.

    July 11, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. Bryan, Anchorage Alaska

    Larry Flynt should be the last person to be considered "motivated" by hypocricy. All one has to do is read his own daughter's book "Hustled" to understand what I'm talking about. Besides, even if the Senator was involved in a moment of immorality, who hasn't (Not just sexual immorality). And to his defence, it took place before his Senate Seat, and he's already stated that he has made ammends with his wife. So, to quote Larry Flynt, "I don't want a man like that (Larry Flynt) legislating for me, especially in the areas of hypocracy."

    July 11, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Ella Torintino

    Flint isn't a role model, by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I am glad he exposed Vitter. I am so sick of politicians and all of their hypocritical slime. The Republicans and the Democrats shame this country on a daily basis and point fingers at one another while they are cheating, lying, stealing, and behaving in ways the “common” American would never be able to get away with and still show their faces in public without shame. Politicians go to phony rehab or hide behind Jesus and all is well again in their world. Power breeds a whole new set of rules and sub-standards. We the people allow the rot to continue. Nothing will change in this country until we get truly sick and tired of the creeps we’ve voted into office. Hold the hypocrites accountable next election day!

    July 11, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Jason M. Chicago, IL

    I've never thought of Larry Flynt as righteous before now.

    July 11, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Nate, Tampa, Fl

    Keep up the good work Flynt. Pull he roaches out of the woodwork.

    July 11, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. George Carter, Phoenix, AZ

    Good for Larry Flint! I personally wrote to David Vitter and told him how happy I was that he was "outed" and let him know I was basking in his negative publicity, and that the entire situation is utterly delicious! David Vitter is a total hypocrite!

    July 11, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. rp south carolina

    I never thought that I would be proud of Larry Flynt, but this is fantastic. It is time that the hypocrisy of those in power is exposed.

    July 11, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Mrs. America

    I'm hardly a Flynt fan, but in this case I have to say to him, "You go, guy, and keep outing the self-righteous holier-than-thou liars and cheaters who are in office." How did Vitter miss the three fingers pointing back at himself? I hope that he doesn't resign so that the scandal of the hypocrites remains in the forefront of people's minds right up to election day. Bill Clinton keeps looking more and more like a saint who was done wrong by an "axis of evil" on Capitol Hill.

    July 11, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Bill Karam, New York City

    This Senator from my native state of Louisiana is a disgrace to the great state of La. and should resign immediately. He represents Allen Parish where I grew up.
    As a Catholic, he only knows hypocirsy.
    A moral leader, indeed.

    July 11, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    /grabs a bowl of popcorn and a box of milk duds

    Well this should make for an entertaining summer!

    July 11, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. John Nguyen, Atlanta GA

    I am glad that this hypocrite has been exposed. No doubt, there are probably more like him and it's his kind who makes people cynical and distrustful of their public officials. Sure, no one is perfect. However, to run on a "morality" platform and then cavorting with prostitutes smacks of hypocrisy and cynicism of the highest order.

    July 11, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Amy A. Welch, Washington, DC

    I agree with Flynt on this one, although this is probably the only thing I have in common with him. I do have respect for anyone who wants to call a spade a spade, and not be too easy on people who don't deserve it. I am sick and tired of the hypocrisy already. It is becoming so predictable in this town that I had the Senator's profile nailed before I knew anything about him. It was, "Oh let me guess...this is a Republican, Christian, with family values, who is a lector at his church....who wants us to believe that he lives a pure and charity-filled little life." I have seen the corruption and am no longer surprised.

    There are plenty of honest and sincere people with strong morals who are in line to serve in Congress. The morons who embarrass their constituents, family, and behave badly in DC need to go. As a 5th generation Washingtonian, I really take offense when political folks come from other states and act like they are in another dimension. This is a small town and word does get out! Most of these people in Congress live privileged lives and to see someone with such obvious ingratitude is sad. The pain and embarrassment he has caused his family is really regrettable.

    July 11, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. politicohispanico, U.S.A.

    “I don’t want a man like that legislating for me, especially in the areas of morality.” LOL! This comes from one of the most disgusting and despicable men on earth who relegates women to mere sexual objects for his own personal benefit. The funny thing is that while he sees the hypocrisy of the Senator, he doesn't see his own.

    July 11, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Free Speech, San Diego, Ca

    Larry Flint...I thought this guy was dead. Hey Larry we're human first than christians, muslims, jews etc. If you are looking for that "perfect" person, you'll need to look at Jesus. Oh wait.. You couldn't do that becuase that would interfere with YOUR life of sin. I get it... Make youself look better by making other look as bad as you. What a horses @3$!

    July 11, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Shauna Sacramento California

    Finally someone is doing something about these revolting hypocrites. Newt Gingrich anyone? I suppose his conservative base will grant him "forgiveness" that they were amazingly unable to find for Bill Clinton. "Social values" have become the fashionable smoke screen for these bottom-feeders. The next time I hear the ridiculous "family value" flag being waved, I will be sure to turn the other cheek.

    July 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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