July 11th, 2007
10:16 PM ET
11 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. Jeff, Nevada, Iowa

    Right On, Mr. Flynt! As a college history student, I am aware that extramarital affairs of politicians date back to the founding fathers. As part of my college research, it also came to light that there are many Washington DC "groupies" who, in the present day, attempt to win the sexual attention of politicians -either as discreet "romps", or as a trap to spring on a political adversary.

    This is nothing new. When the Republican Party made such an uproar over President Clinton's personal life, I knew it was only a matter of time before the Republicans would be caught in their own trap. It is unfortunate, however, that they attempted to tie Clinton's hands, pre-911, when they charged "wagging the dog" and "starting a wrong war" by Clinton's alleged attempt to divert attention from his extramarital affair, by firing cruise missiles at the very terrorists who later caused the death and destruction of September 11.

    What ever happened to the "Contract for America", in which Republicans placed their morality above all others'? Remember Henry Hyde's "youthful indiscretion" while in his forties, which broke up another man's marriage? How about Bob Livingston? How about Newt Gingrich?

    How about the continuing Abramoff scandal which has already led to indictments and convictions. How about the GOP wanting to relax its own rules regarding congressional leaders under indictment?

    And how about the lies, profiteering, and cover-ups relating to this fiasco of a war in which we are now embroiled?

    I cannot, in any recent memory, recall any other political party who continuously tries to make themselves out as having more integrity or a higher morality, than any of the competition. And when they fail as miserably as they do, they deserve to be called the hypocrites that they truly are. Don't blame the "liberal" media.

    Ann Coulter would call me a "godless liberal". But I would gladly stand in judgment, before God, against any Republican. Any day of the week.

    Here's to November 11th!

    July 12, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Jim, Atlanta Georgia

    Hey Free Speech...you just don't get it do you.

    It's not the fact that he was seeing Hookers, it's the "holier than thou" attitude and then seeing hookers.

    These guys want to tell everyone how to live their lives but they don't follow the script themselves and that's what makes us enjoy it so much when their hypocrisy is exposed.

    July 12, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There are some things that should be legislated. Some moral issues can't be; but the actions that someone takes can point to how they might do in public office. We are all human and will make mistakes; some are just made more public than other.

    It takes all kinds of people to make this country (note country and not nation). Larry Flint is, as some might disagree, a member of the media. All the members of the media should be there to inform the public as to what our officials that we elected do. I hope that all of us voted.

    July 12, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Steve, Cleveland, Ohio

    This is just so typical of a Christian fundamentalist. If the Republican Party wishes to survive, they need to rid the party of these hypocrites!

    July 12, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Go Larry! Its about time that someone exposed the right-wing hypocrites for what they are. Republican-Thy name is H Y P O C R I S Y!

    July 12, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. liz, Montgomery, AL

    Only members of the Republican party could turn Larry Flynt into a good guy. Ironic, isn't it?

    July 12, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Dane

    Oh, puh-leeze, Free Speech. If Vitter were a Democrat, you'd want him publicly embarrassed and impeached NOT forgiven as a result of "being human." Talk about your own brand of hypocrisy. It's akin to Republicans who are pro-life UNLESS their own daughter is pregnant and the father is black.

    July 12, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. Mike, Eau Claire, WI

    A guy who wears the American flag as a diaper and who was ruled in contempt of court for calling Supreme Court Justices names that would make sailors blush because they ruled against him is your idea of a great American?

    Yeah Vitters is a hypocrite, yeah he shouldn't run again but if Larry Flynt is your moral compass and your idea of a great American then you have serious issues.

    July 12, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. CR Ohio

    If these politicians didn't try to put themselves up on a pedestal in the first place, such as promoting themselves as representitives of "family values" above everyone else, they wouldn't have so far to fall.
    They set themselves up when they claim to be the keepers of moral values. I have no pity for hypocrites like Vitter. Republicans are fair game after they went after Clinton so viciously for 8 years.

    July 12, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Tom

    Way to go Larry. If these jokers are going to campaign on "family values" and have the nerve to act like some morally superior beings while discussing gay marriage rights, then they better be living according to their own projected standards. This hypocrite was exposed, as was that disgraceful hate monger Ted Haggard. This "do as I say, not as I do" attitude isn't going to fly any more.

    July 12, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Mike, Richmond, Virginia

    Larry Flynt is a true american hero. The issue is not if Vitter had out of wedlock sex with prostitutes in brothels, but if he promoted one thing "Family values", "christianity", church, and mocked others (such as gays). If Vitter is guilty of saying one thing and doing another, then it is relevant. I am postive that Flynt would have no issue with a politican who came out and said I frequent prostitutes, but then also advocated no church values. Practice what you preach is the saying of the day and it is what Vitter, Livingstone, and all the others taken down by Flynt are guilty of.

    July 12, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. JJ Jones Jacksonville, FL

    Another hypocrite. The Congress is full of them. The issue is not that the Senator is a human and makes mistakes. The issue is campaigning as if you were morally superior to everybody else.

    July 12, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    You have to love it when these neo-conservative, Bible-thumping hacks are revealed for what they truly are.

    I am old enough to remeber when calling somone is Christian was not an insult. I miss those days. I miss those kinds of Christians. I actually miss voting Republican, which will never happen again as long as the religous right has their fangs at the neck of the party

    July 12, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Bill W, Coatesvillle, PA

    Personally, I'm tired of religion being mixed with politics, and I refuse to vote for anyone running on a morals or religious platform. I salute Larry Flint, or anyone who exposes these liars for what they are.

    SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. The founding fathers were smart enough to see it, but nobody today seems to. One only need look as far as Iraq to see what happens when religion and politics are freely mixed. Religion is also responsible for about 90% of the world's problems right now.

    July 12, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Bill W ~ PA

    It may surprise you but NO WHERE does it discuss the separation of Church and State in the consitution. Simply it requires that Congress will not create any laws which impead the freedoms (speech, religion, etc). Throughout all of the documents written by our Founding Fathers "God" was incorporated. Congress began every session with a Prayer – as they still do today. Our Money imprinted "In God We Trust". To suggest our country was founded on a purely secular basis is just not correct.

    You can take the religion out of the laws but you will never remove religion from the law-makers. Any attempt to do so would simply be a blatant attempt of converting this country to Marxism/Communism. GOD I hope that day never comes!

    July 12, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. HAWK, TX.


    July 12, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Hate to break it to some of your, our country and it's original ideals were all formed and based on Judeo-Christian values.

    That's not an opinion, it is a fact.

    I am not a bible thumping, right wing nutbag and if someone worships a goat I could not care any less, but secular progressives are atempting to ruin this country one PC moment at a time.

    July 12, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    But Tom, that is the point.

    I would fight to preserve someone's right to pray to that goat. We should all be willing to fight for that right.

    However, do not force me to pray to that same goat. Do not make me a second class citizen because I do not pray to that goat.

    I would fight for that person's freddom to worship as they choose.

    Would they fight for my right to have my own mind about religion?


    And that, Tom, is what is destroying this country. They have rounded up the faithful, given them some people to hate, which keeps them destracted while the real horrors are hatched.

    July 12, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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