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

Vitter sorry for Maddow comment

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/11/art.vitter.gi.jpg caption="Vitter is apologizing for a comment poking run at Rachel Maddow."]
(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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soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. bennie new york

    I don't care who takes Vitter's seat, so long as Louisiana kicks this idiot out of the Senate.

    July 17, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Freedom1

    Typical republican pig...

    July 17, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Steve

    This article makes no sense whatsoever. It sounds like CNN is stretching to manufacture a controversy where none exists.

    July 17, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. JWN

    Just another LOSER.....

    July 17, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. LW in AZ

    Rachel, don't even comment. The scum doesn't deserve the time it would take for you to respond.

    July 17, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. johnRJ08

    Who has been stupid enough to vote this dope into office? A classless, racist, misogynistic idiot who can't control his mouth or his zipper.

    July 17, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Nellie Bly

    A grown man that wears diapers by choice shouldn't be commenting on another's appearance. And Maddow looks good.

    July 17, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Dave, Illinois

    Hey CNN, how about a ticker on Maddow's insults toward Tea Party members – calling them "Tea Baggers", a sexually offensive insult. Oh yeah, thats different – Maddow and her ilk have a free pass because they are liberals.

    July 17, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Clint, Wa.

    Another Republican, apologizing again, what next.

    July 17, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Oy Vey Az

    Vomit from my mouth? Oops ... did I just get caught? Oh well, I am a republican, and it's happens so frequently that it's really expected now. Glad I could oblige you all.

    Oh, by the way, Do you have your citizenship papers on you?

    July 17, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. DENNA

    Rethugs always classy.

    July 17, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. stephen pagnozzi

    It just proves just one point. How classless the Republicans are! They can't defend their political positions so they need to stoop to personal attacks. How very sad Someone like Vitter is and how much more sad is the state of humanity when someone like him is being held in high esteem in his state. I'm sure Rachel is just chuckling to herself and shaking her head with her charming smile.

    July 17, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Kurt

    You know, her sexual preference aside (anyone know off-hand?), I often mused at how 'un lady-like' she carried herself in comparison to most other female 'journalists' (if you can call any journalist today a true journalist rather than some new world order lapdog). i don't think Vitter should have apologized though. Thats like trying to offend Obnoxo the Clown (from Mad Magazine days). Rachel Maddow spends the bulk of her show beating the hell out of people. Why not beat her up sometimes? Honestly, did she say she was offended? If she did, all that did was give her justification for insulting and berating even more on one of her shows. So what. She looks like a dude. Grow the long blond hair back and lets see what we got.

    July 17, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Thad

    Vitter is a vile human being. I feel so sorry for his wife, family, and his constituents. Is this the best that Louisiana can do?

    July 17, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Tom

    Have Rachel Madcow or Cooper Anderson ever apologized for calling tea party members "teabaggers" (i.e., homosexuals who participate in the homosexual act of so-called "teabagging")?

    July 17, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. sally

    Rachel is smarter than all of the Republican jerks put together, so
    all they can think of to get even for that are personal insults.

    July 17, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. BOB

    what did we expect .....can you say prostitute ...can you say faithful ...can you say homophobic ....can you say something positive about this creature ....foot in mouth ....and on and on .....

    July 17, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Cynthia

    She doesn't look like a woman. She is the one who acts like a man. Another member of the UBC!

    July 17, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. cath starrin

    Yet another narrow-minded Republican. Absolutely no surprise.

    July 17, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Larry

    LOL. Vitter wears diapers for his prostitutes and he mocks anyone else?

    Typical republican loser.

    Rachel is the best!

    July 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Eli

    What do Kagan, Maddow, Reno and Napolitano have in common? Hey, I'm just axing the question.

    July 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Julie

    So this is an example of the Republican party's inclusive and tolerant tone to encourage moderate Democrats and Independents to join their party???? Too hard to hide your true colors. How sad.

    July 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. cecilia Lewis

    Don't waste your words Sen. Vitter. Rachel Maddow is so far out of your league I am fairly certain your comments were no more the a blip on the screen of unkind, ignorant, mean spirited republican remarks.

    I never thought I would live to see the day that the republican party could sink so low. Decent men and women in your party have been replaced by unbelievable ingnorance the ability to throw out one liners designed to instill fear or denigrate all Democrats, especially our President.
    you just feel free to move forward, toten those guns, thumping those bibles, hurling those insults and waving the flag.

    We are on to you guys now and it won't work anymore.

    July 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Shannon

    Just another example of mean spirited hate against others from a typical Republican. Remember this is the party that wants to drug test the unemployed, that calls the unemployed lazy. This is the party that apologized to BP, and has a minority leader that said the tax payer should clean up BP's mess. This is the party that had 102 members of congress sign a letter calling the BP clean up fund a shakedown. You think insulting a woman for how she looks, is anything new to these guys. Please, the party of no, the party of no ideas, the party of hate! Republicans!

    July 17, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Angy

    AMEN to all the above EXCEPT steve!

    July 17, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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