July 16th, 2007
06:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Vitter says additional prostitute allegations not true

Sen. Vitter, left, with his wife, Wendy, addressed reporters Monday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. David Vitter, the Louisiana Republican who admitted last week to employing a D.C. escort service, indicated Monday he has no intentions of resigning his Senate post and said allegations that he visited other prostitutes in Louisiana are “not true.”

"Unfortunately, my admission has encouraged some long-time political enemies and those hoping to profit from the situation to spread falsehoods too, like those New Orleans stories in recent reporting,” Vitter said at a press conference with his wife, Wendy, at his side. “Those stories are not true.”

“For my part, I'll be helping finalize a crucial water resources bill to provide much better hurricane and flood protection,” Vitter added. “I'll be following up on our important defeat of a bad immigration bill by working for good border and workplace security.”

Vitter apologized to constituents last week for “a very serious sin in my past” after his number turned up in telephone records of the service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the “D.C. Madam” now facing money laundering and racketeering charges.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: David Vitter
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Justin, Gainesville, Florida

    Why isn't CNN reporting on Ms. Vitter's comments regarding Hillary? I mean other than the fact that the network is run by a bunch of incompetent morons?

    July 16, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. John

    What does Senator Vitter mean by a "very serious sin in my past"? This guy broke the law by his own admission!

    Look at his voting record and his speeches and ask yourself if he should live by his own "family values" and "Law and Order" values. This guy should be censored by the Senate for committing a crime and he should resign.

    July 16, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Jerry, LA, CA

    That hypocrite should resign along with many others.

    July 16, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. San Francisco, CA

    If you've ever worked in the adult business, you'd know that many prostitutes have patrons that are politicians and lobbyists as well. Politicians are known among people in the adult business to hire girls who are out of their working area generally and have them flown in or meet them elsewhere. Someone at the white house had porn stars flown up from the Las Vegas AVN convention last year for a dinner or event. I've worked in the biz for 7+ years.

    July 16, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Big Matty, New London, PA

    What comments did Wendy Vitter make? Did she mention her lust for cigars? Sen. Vitter might as well pack it in and start working with the rest of the Lousy-anna politicians like "Dollar" Bill...my bet is he becomes a wealthy lobbyist in 6 months. So much for a Rhodes Scholar!

    July 16, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Mo Latno San Francisco California

    It is too bad that Senator Vitter cannot come to terms with the real implications of his sexual indescretion. It is immoral to promote the "sanctity of marriage" on one hand, to chastise others for same sex marriage, all while employing prostitutes and engaging in extramarital affairs himself. I hope this story stays in the headlines long enough for the Senator to realize that his right to privacy in the bedroom is forfited by his hypocrisy.

    July 16, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. LeftyLosey

    Thats liberal incompetent morons Justin or Clinton News Network works too. The corruption is so obvious..

    July 16, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. A. S. Mathew, Ringgold, Georgia

    Sen. Vitter has to do a lot of public relations circus to clear himself from this mess. It is better for him and
    the Republican party that he may
    resign at this spot to avoid further

    July 16, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Roy, St.Paul, MN

    What a stark contradiction: Vitter attacking gays because they pose such a huge threat to the institution of marriage. Vitter must go!

    July 16, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Adam Engler, South Bend, IN

    Why no commentary about the Senator's previous statements regarding "family values" and his close relationship with the religious right.

    If one is to live by "family values"–one should die by them as well.

    July 16, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Oscar, Sarasota, FL

    Why isn't Vitter being charged with a crime in DC. Isn't it illegal to patronize a prostitute?

    July 16, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Mo Latno San Francisco California

    I Wish Lorena, ah, I mean Wendy Vitter would keep her word to all of us

    July 16, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Josey, Tampa, FL

    CNN is pretty worthless in their coverage.

    July 16, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. mike, chicago

    Tip of the iceberg.

    Sorry to say it but I see it getting worse.

    Now please excuse me while I go work on a
    crucial water resources bill.

    July 16, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Cab, Miami Beach Fl

    Why should I believe you, You lied to your kids and wife.

    Your nothin but a trick.

    July 16, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Ann, Troy, MI

    Tit for tat, huh? WHY are YOU worried about Hillary? THIS is ABOUT Vitter. Got it yet??

    July 16, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Shirley in Las Vegas, Nevada

    I agree, Justin–when will we see Wendy Vitter's apology for her comments about Hillary Clinton's decision to stay with Bill? Or is cheating on your wife with a professional less serious than shagging an intern?

    July 16, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Sean, Marshfield, MA

    Why doesn't someone ask her if she has pulled the Bobbit yet, as she said she was a lot more like Lorena Bobbit than Hillary Clinton. That question clearly must not show enough respect to a wife who obviously likes to jump into the political mix only when it is convenient, when it is not she hides behind a bunch of fake tears and very nice and private southern home.

    July 16, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Carol Fields, Ventura, CA

    It would be useful for news outlets like CNN to put stories like Vitter's in context. Vitter was a vociferous critic of Pres. Clinton during the Monica scandal. To have Vitter's wife speak at a press conference (which means that she should be asked questions by journalists, as well), saying this was a personal, family matter that shouldn't be politicized is extremely hypocritical, calling upon the media once again to do their job and put stories into context.

    July 16, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Rob A, Eden Prairie, MN

    Very serious sin in his past? Like yesterday?

    There is something especially hypocritical about these Republicans and their "family values" being caught with their pants down. How many millions did they spend to crucify Clinton for his indiscretion? And this Republican has the gall to insist he deserves to keep HIS job? Makes me want to puke.

    July 16, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I used to blame, judge & insult everyone - NOW I have repented
    from my sins

    Because he is NOT a preacher
    Because he is remorseful & sorry
    he SHOULD be forgiven

    July 16, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Liar, liar, pants on fire.

    July 16, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Anonymouse, Wake Forest, NC

    I am a conservative of the libertarian variety (i.e., low taxes, minimal regulation, social noninterference). Sentaor Vitter's brand of social "conservatism" is a fraud, perpetrated by a fringe cabal of theocrats, perverts, and voyeurs with an unhealthy interest in the deeply personal affairs conducted between consenting adults, and a misguided urge to regulate the relationship between Providence and humanity. For example, consider the failed Federal Marriage Amendment.

    Hopefully, the recent humiliation suffered by the distinguished gentleman from Louisiana has taught him modesty, humility, and his place. I do not curse Mr. Vitter for his fervent belief that marriage is a sacred, mutually-exclusive, life-long tripartite covenant between two people of opposite gender and God (even if his own actions have lately run contrary to this assertion); my Christian faith is identical. Besides his infidelity, Mr. Vitter's prime folly is his misplaced belief in government as some sort of providential enforcer.

    July 16, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Pam, Canton, Ohio

    Could it be that Wendy's comments were overlooked by the fact that the majority of married women in this country are embarresed by her actions?

    July 16, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Bob, New Orleans, Louisiana

    He needs to go ahead and send in his resignation. He campaigned all over the state about morals, including anti-woman morals as a positive, and how the family is the most important thing of all.

    Ah, c'est hypocrisie, non?

    And this isn't about Hillary. This is about David.

    July 16, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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