July 16th, 2007
03:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Vitter to face reporters

Vitter will face reporters in a Monday evening press conference.

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) - Sen. David Vitter will face reporters Monday evening on his home turf in suburban New Orleans, a week after he was forced to admit he had patronized a Washington escort service.

Vitter, R-Louisiana, 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.

The 46-year-old lawmaker, who is married and has four children, has not been seen on Capitol Hill since his July 9 admission. He is scheduled to hold a news conference in his hometown of Metairie, La., at 5 p.m. (6 p.m. ET)

Before winning his Senate seat, Vitter represented New Orleans' northern and western suburbs in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004. In the Senate, he was one of the top backers of the failed "Marriage Protection Amendment" - which would have banned same-sex marriages - and serves as the southern regional chairman of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.

In an e-mail to supporters Friday, Vitter apologized for "letting you and others down" and thanked supporters for their thoughts and prayers.

Pornographer Larry Flynt's Hustler magazine claimed credit for exposing Vitter's connection to the escort service, saying Vitter came clean after a journalist working as a paid consultant for the magazine turned up the senator's number in phone records released by Palfrey.

Federal prosecutors say the business, Pamela Martin and Associates, was involved in prostitution, but Palfrey says she operated a legitimate escort service.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, told CNN's "American Morning" that Vitter would be returning to the Senate - "I just don't know when" - and said talk of his resignation was "premature."

"Frankly, I don't know what it is that he has apologized for," Kyl added.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. LoooseyGoosey

    Whats he apologizing for...? There were no progressive values broken here. Are we expecting more from him or does he think he's better than us??

    July 16, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Let me help you Sen. Kyl, since you are a lawmaker who is apparently ignorant that prostitution is illegal. Sen. Vitter engaged in an illegal activity while married to his wife (the same wife that mocked Hillary Clinton for staying with Bill after his affair) and who ran on the platform of moral values, the same values that he apparently cannot live up to but has no problem trying to legislate to the rest of us.

    It's not a crime to be a hypocrite in DC (good for them, we wouldn't have a government in place if that were so) however, last time I checked it was a crime to pay for the services of prostitutes. I can understand; however, that talk of resignation due to committing an illegal act would be deemed "premature". I bet Clinton wished that he had paid his women out instead, that way, everything would have been fine in Washington and he could have avoided that whole impeachment thing.

    July 16, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Jason B., Alachua Florida

    Just another of the many, many religious hypocrites that infest our government. The sooner these myth-pushers and sky-fairy worshippers who anoint themselves as guardians of morality get out of our political system, the better off we'll all be.

    July 16, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Darrel Dominique, Metairie, La.

    Resign, Senator. Now.

    July 16, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Kyl doesn't know what he apologized for? So now it is OK to lie and break the law by hiring prostitutes?

    July 16, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Brian, North Woodmere, NY

    who cares???? BIG DEAL, the guy paid for sex one time in his life. whatever, he was probably having a bad day and needed to relieve some stress. and he just so happened to be a US senator. BIG DEAL i mean, this is NOWHERE CLOSE to what that guy in the house of representatives did, that pedafile ya know. so give the guy a break, don't force out of office. i would say give another chance, but to me, he didn't even screw up his first one

    July 16, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. jwb, Dallas, TX

    Big deal. He's sorry because he got caught. More hypocrisy from the political right. I hope the voters of Louisiana vote him out. What a jerk.

    July 16, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Mike Hodge, Allen Texas

    "and men's sins will be shouted from the rooftops".

    July 16, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. a striz

    He says god forgave him. I wonder If god told him that?

    July 16, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. J. Haskins, Wake Forest, NC

    I am a committed conservative of the libertarian variety (i.e., low taxes, minimal regulation, contract enforcement, social noninterference). Senator Vitter's brand of social "conservatism" is a fraud, perpetuated by a theocratic Taliban-like fringe of American politicians, voyeurs, and perverts with an unhealthy interest in regulating deeply private affairs between consenting adults, and between God and man. Hopefully, the humiliation endured by the distinguished gentleman from Louisiana will teach him modesty, humility, and his proper place. I do not curse him for believing that marriage is a sacred tripartite covenant between two people of opposite gender and Providence; my Christian faith is identical. Vitter's folly is his misplaced faith in government as some kind of providential enforcer.

    July 16, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Duffmama, Hickory, NC

    We are tired of the same Hypo-Christians who worked tirelessly to bring down a U.S. president over an affair between consenting adults continue to do as they please on the morals front and get away with it. Sen. Vitter has lied about his private-life behavior, and he has been caught more than once - check out the N.O. media, where his dirty laundry with hookers continues to be exposed. The local Canal St. madam knows Vitter well, and so did the hooker he had a relationship with, though he lied about it shen the story originally broke. Her husband was quoted in a story last week in the Times-Picayune, front page, describing how their marriage broke up after he found photos of her with Vitter - with her hand in a delicate place. I don't think my posting will make it, unfortunately, but I can assure you, all of this is well-publicized in New Orleans.

    July 16, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Fred Savage Upper Marlboro, MD

    If a crime were committed and detectives investigating were given only one lead...that it was a "conservative", they would put an APB out on a: white male, bisexual or gay, married with children, easily lead or mislead by others.

    July 16, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Sherry Fabrizio Tucson AZ

    My condolences to his wife and family who he has shamed.

    July 16, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Senator, you should resign. What a shame...

    July 16, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Travis, Murfreesboro, TN

    When he took the posistion as a United States Representative for the state of Lousiana, and then as a U.S. Senator, he put his morals in the spotlight. It's very true that his sins are no greater than the next man's, but when you take a position like that, when your life becomes an open book, you have to live your life responsibly. When other coutries see our leaders doing things like this, we loose the moral leadership that we used to have around the world. He talks about the sanctity of marriage but then he cheats on his wife. What kind of crap is that? He can't keep his own house in order, why should he be allowed a position to make rules that will run everyone elses household?

    July 17, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Rick.Clinton MD

    Sen Kyl, What he is apologizing for are you kidding me isn't these the same people who wanted to bring down a President for an illicit affair except Clinton's wasn't illegal. Oh morailty only applies to liberals not conservatives. And all you conservatives out there when are you going to learn you have been hoodwinked, bambozzled, runamuck by these republicans calling themselves the Kings of morality.

    July 17, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Forget the media. He should face the judge!

    July 17, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    To ANYBODY who is stupid enough to vote for ANY politician based on his stated moral/religious values ...

    HA HA!

    July 17, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |