July 16th, 2007
06:43 PM ET
4 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


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  1. Dale, Atlanta, GA

    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) first got his start in Congress after replacing former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA), who “abruptly resigned after disclosures of numerous affairs” in 1998. At the time, Vitter argued that an extramarital affair was grounds for resignation:

    “I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess,” he said. [Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 12/20/98]

    This is yet another "Family Values" hypocrit!

    July 16, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Bob Bush, Austin TX

    Diaper Dave... bringing honesty to Louisiana Politics since... oh who am I kidding.

    July 16, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Walt Hetfield

    Oh, I get it! Vitter is the "victim" and the big bad "liberal media" are the bad guys. What a dope. Another bible belching politician shows what he's really made of. I don't care what his views are – he's a jerk! But from what I can see – he doesn't even believe in his own views.

    July 16, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Al, San Dieog, CA

    Justin, from Gainesville, FL....far be it for me to take the side of any news organization, and moreso for me to comment on my political views, but would you rather FOX's Fair and InBalanced come to your rescue here...also, for what it is worth, speaking of morons...it is Mrs. Vitter, she is married...and regarding her statement, that is mutually exclusive to the question/posts at hand. He ran on a campaign that he is not living up too....he should pay the piper.

    July 16, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. KC StPete Fl

    More BS from this Republican born again!!!

    July 16, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Rob Guzman, Oakland, CA

    So he admits to breaking the law and being a john. Does this mean he is going to willingly submit himself to a court for prosection and please guilty? Why should prostitutes be prosecuted and he has no repurcussions from his illegal actions?

    July 16, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Brad, Tampa, Florida

    A complete hypocrite ! He must now pay the price for his sins ! He judged many , now he must be judged ! His constiuents in Louisiana and all the editorial pages in his home state need to call for his resignation because I fear he still has much more in his dirty little closet.

    July 16, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. BruntLIVE

    Justin, why don't you goto that one movie theater in Gainesville and pipe down. Just because you are mad Bush is a nightmare to America. I bet you hang out at that park in Gainesville don't ya? See in the bushes buddy. Not!

    July 16, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Mrs. Vitter didn't demonize the media or express concern for Chelsey Clinton when Hillary had the same problem magnified a hundredfold.

    July 16, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Cliff Jones, honolulu hi

    Why is this news. I thought that what Vitter done was part of the culture down there. Isn't that where Clinton's old girlfriend Jennifer Flowers hiding out.Doesn't she own a bar in New Orleans?

    July 16, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Justin, Gainesville, Florida .... probable answer: maybe because nobody cares what the hypocrite's wife said about Hillary. She AND her comments are irrelevant.

    We're all still reveling in his hypocrisy.

    Nice try at taking the focus off his marital indiscretions there!

    Oh, and if you don't like CNN, don't post here.

    Thanks in advance!

    July 16, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Oh my...

    I feel so sorry for his wife...to be maried to such a sneaky 2 faced jerk.

    Hoe embarassing for Wendy to have to sit there like that.

    July 16, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. hershey

    I am not surprised to see that the many comments published earlier in the evening have been exponged from the record. Since when is a politician's denial of sexual escapades more valid then the allegations of the women or men with whom they have had adulterous liaisons? Why has the standard for this type of allegation changed since Pres. Clinton was in office?

    July 17, 2007 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  14. snickers

    Sen. and Mrs. Vitter want a pass on this although they have declared strong statements and moral judgments in the past about those not adhering to their definitions of family values.
    The jury is still out on whether or not Sen. Vitter has told the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding his dealings with other brothels in N.O. If he hasn't told the truth, he should be held to the same standard of public scrutiny as other elected officials have been when their private lives do not measure up to their political platforms and votes.

    July 17, 2007 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  15. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    At least this man didn't let his problems interfere with his votes. He seems to realize that what he did was wrong & isn't blaming everyone but himself.

    July 17, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  16. Richard, Georgia

    Another slimeball Republican Hypocrite.

    Why do I have the feeling that the New Orleans madame will have some hard evidence about the esteemed Senator from Louisiana which she will be happy to provide upon payment from Larry Flynt.

    This story isn't over yet.

    July 17, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  17. Robert Cadalso, NYC, Miami

    Not only what she said about Hillary, but she had the nerve to say, this should have been a "private matter".

    Bunch of hypocrites.

    July 17, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. Eric, Wash. DC

    I find it remarkable that the senator can apologize for and deny this allegation in the same breath.

    July 17, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  19. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    I love when 'family values' Republicans get caught...hehehe...they are such hypocrites!

    This is one reason Republicans look foolish today. They screamed 'family values' since Newt, for years and now we see that the majority of the Republican and Religious Conservatives are the most dishonest politicians/religous figures around.

    I love that God has forgiven them, yet, when a Democrat does something they feel is against values, they want to throw them under the train and have God banish them to Hell! Forgiveness is not an option for Democrats.

    I bet the mainstream Republicans wish they had not allowed the Religious Right Republicans to take over the party.

    At one point, I wanted to become a Republican, but once they started to try and tell us how we should live and what is allowed in our private lives, based on the bible, it was totally opposite of the things I use to enjoy about wanting to be a Republican.

    You do indeed reap what you sow.

    July 17, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Didn't Vitter say the same things during his election campaigns about these prostitutes? Now we find out he was lying about those, and he goes and says the same thing again! Doesn't he realize everyone knows hes lying?

    July 17, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Anonymous

    I'm sick of evil politicians getting away with crimes! Enough is enough already. If things don't start changing in government ...

    July 17, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Rick from Chicago for VILLAGE IDIOT in '08!

    July 17, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Luis, Miami Florida

    So let me get this right, Newt Grinwich just admitted to having an affair, David Vitter doing prostitutes... Foley was after the boys in congress...all while they were after Clinton... as I remember all so mighty, so morally correct…People, when somebody is running for office and start claiming high moral ground watch out!!! FAMILY VALUES run the opposite way.

    It has to be so scary to be a republican, having to pander to the “conservatives” and then been human is a conflict of interest.… Like Rush Limbaugh preaching against drugs and then taking drugs by the fist full…

    I wonder who is next…let’s see, General Peter Pace admitting to having a homosexual affair will be outstanding in its capacity….

    July 17, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Anonymous .. "Rick from Chicago for VILLAGE IDIOT in ‘08!"

    Does that mean you decided against another term?

    July 17, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  25. De Louton Hot Springs, Ar

    When a republican crashes and burns it's news for CNN. However let a dem mess up and it is said to be not so bad. I think it is interesting that we expect dems to foul up and we have our excuses ready. Republicans are held to a higher standard. Wow what does that say about our morals in America? Sad.

    July 18, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
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