July 17th, 2010
01:14 PM ET
13 years ago

Vitter sorry for Maddow comment

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(Updated with additional context)

(CNN) – Republican Sen. David Vitter apologized to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Friday after jesting on a radio program that she only looked like a woman “a long time ago.”

“Regarding my remark during a radio conversation today, I apologize,” Vitter wrote in a letter to Maddow. “The hosts made their comment and I obviously chimed in. While we do not usually agree on the issues, I do not think you deserved that comment.”

Vitter’s comments came during an appearance on Rush Radio 99.5 in New Orleans Friday morning, during which the radio hosts joked about a high school photo of Maddow with long blond hair. The MSNBC host currently has short brown hair.

“Must have been a long time ago,” Vitter joked when the hosts said the photo portrays Maddow as “looking like a woman.”

Maddow has not responded to the comments.

Vitter is currently in a primary battle against former Louisiana Supreme Court justice Chet Traylor. Traylor told CNN Monday that while he had been considering a run since last summer; it wasn't until the last two weeks that he took another look at the race, after being flooded with calls urging him to run.

Should Vitter win that race, he will face Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon in the general election. Despite a tumultuous first term, Vitter's favorability rating has remained high and Melancon has as yet struggled to gain serious footing.

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  1. walleye

    I am sick and tired of these SOB's, er I mean GOP's & Tea Baggers (same difference) spouting their christian morals and then hypocritically slamming someone who does not agree with them. We read this same thing about them day in and day out. I have said it before, and I will say it again, if Donald Duck were running against a Republican, the duck would get my vote every time. Anyone who ever votes for another Republican candidate is an idiot.

    July 17, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Jack

    What a freakin' werido this guy is. Welcom to Creepyville. Population: Vitter.

    July 17, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. California Lady

    Vitter's comments about Rachel Maddow show his insecurity and lack of values. His sexual antics with hookers are well-known and distasteful. What kind of man wears diapers????? Rachel's education and command of the English language is far superior to Vitter's. Have to guess that he is jealous of her ability to speak intellegently and think logically. He seems to show his ignorance every time he utters a sentence. Witness his remarks about the
    Birthers and now silly statements on Rachel Maddow's physical
    appearance. By the way, Vitter is overweight and pudgy ~ Maddow is trim and in shape...if he cares to look in the mirror and see his image!

    July 17, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Tina in PA

    Deb in Northglenn, CO

    Very well put. She doesn't talk over her guest who hav opposing views like Hannity and Bill O. There something to be said about her being a lefty that you can not say about one repulican woman, SHE INTELLIGENT!, and she doesn't spew hate. If and when the republicans do something right she is the first to point it out. I'm not gay and I respect the research she puts into the information she puts out there. Unlike Bachman, Palin or any of those crazy liars on the right.

    July 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Bobby

    Hey what's all the fuss .if it walks like a duck talk like a duck it must be a duck she looks like a guy now.

    July 17, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Frank

    Seems like conservatives think that they can say anything, no matter how insulting or insensitive, if they explain it away as a joke of some sort.

    It also seems, to me at least, that we reveal our truest selves in what we find to be humorous.

    July 17, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. bob kansas city

    If this guy gets reelected it shows the sorry state of those that believe in him.

    July 17, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Free Thinker

    Rachel Maddow ROCKS!!!!!!! <3 She has the prettiest brain on television!!! This pathetic Vitter guy making homophobic comments is desperately trying to get votes from other uneducated losers who think like him. Forget about Rush Limbaugh's noisy lemmings leading the United States into its intellectual grave while the rest of the world is dumping religion, every talking head on TV and radio in this country would do well to take notes on this woman's common sense approach to the issues. Let reason ring once again in this nation from coast to coast!!!!!!! We love ya, Rachel!!!!!!!! x-8

    July 17, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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    July 17, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. FloridaRes

    They can't argue the issues so they go after personal attacks against anyone who differs with their opinions. Yes – Vitter is a homophobe and adulterer (DC Madam). Let's get rid of Vitter and his like!

    July 17, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Jess C

    I doubt that a single large-mouthed Repub. has a quarter of the brain power Maddow does and I'm not even a lib! The GOP is so threatened by intelligent woman and so embraced by the more dimwitted ones like Palin, Bachman, and Angle (that's just the short list). I think they'd all prefer woman to step back 50 yrs. Rachel rocks! Keep up the homophobia GOP; most of us with brains aren't voting for your racist, ignorant butts anyway.

    July 17, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Pete the Truth

    Sometimes the truth hurts!!!

    July 17, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    Why apologize??? Rachael Maddow stoops to new lows every night with her smug elistist attitude and left wing comments! Obviously, a lot of bloggers on here are naïve enough to believe MSNBC's propaganda drivel too!! Nice adams apple Rachael. You need to stop with the male hormone injections girl.

    July 17, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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