July 17th, 2010
01:14 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. Sue

    Typifies Republican intolerance & hatred from a pill popper & man tramp – no one s/b surprised.

    July 17, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Mitch from Louisiana

    Vitter = Joke

    July 17, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Bill in CA.

    Rachel "who"??? Never heard of her!!!

    July 17, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. GuyinVA

    I don't care for Ms. Maddow's politics, and she doesn't strike me as someone with whom I would like to socialize, but getting personal like that is just petty and mean. It reminds me of when CNBC's Erin Burnett called George W. Bush a monkey. However, as I recall, that was considered witty by the media. Either way, it's the wrong way to do things if you want to be considered at all credible and intelligent.

    I'm sure Ms. Maddow is devastated that I wouldn't want to socialize with her. She'll get over it.

    July 17, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |

    To these "kink" people up is always down, white is black and so I must assume that Rachel is feminine and attractive.

    July 17, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. sheik camel toe

    And don't even get me started on the NIKKI HALEY sex scandal.

    At least the Republican women are still doing it normally. I hope. I may have to investigte this further. Lol!

    July 17, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Sally

    So Republicans are not only racist, but sexist. I think if Palin ever has Presidential hopes, she should think twice about running on the Republican ticket. They are no more ready for a female candidate than they are to run the country. Rachel Maddow is very attractive, very smart, and refuses to let the right walk all over her, as many 'journalists' do. So they fight back not with facts, but with insults. Very mature.

    July 17, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. George

    Hey Louisiana voters. FYI, America is loosing sympathy for your plight because you elect GARBAGE to represent you.

    July 17, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. ficelle

    Just goes to show the sort of person he and all the other repugs are...just remember that in November.

    July 17, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    Mr. Vitter has a long way to go before he is up to the league of Dr. Maddow. This man, Vitter is still living in the era of an entertaining evening out is one spent with a hooker because he can't get one of his own. Maybe it's because he has a wife at home. This man is less than the scum of the earth.

    July 17, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. charles argianas

    I think Rachel Maddow is full of hate and spite. She is not a newscaster, her program is her own personal views and not the news. She is like "Tokyo Rose", propaganda, hatred, all editorializing, she usually bends and twists the stories rather than report the facts. Plus I hate the way she smirks when she talks. I can;t wait til they boot her off, maybe then people will start to watch MSNBC once again......

    July 17, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. ephraim

    This strategy has become a de-facto Republican and Tea Party hit squad staple. Like "you lie", and the Obama as Hitler billboards, etc. what you do is pretend to blurt something out which you believe everyone is already thinking, then you let it stew for a few days, get some press cycle then thinly apologize while digging in deeper to hatred and bigotry.

    By approaching political communication this way, it basically telegraphs publicly to your base you have utter contempt for decorum, decency, and basically anyone with respect for another other than like themselves and you want them to know it. Then you artificially cave to public outcry and swear its all a mistake, a misunderstanding and a figment of hyper-sensitive politically correct liberals. In fact they get a double or triple media cycle hit from this stupid ploy. Disgusting really... see

    July 17, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Clint

    Vitter is pure trash. Why Louisiana elects these morons (and yes, I think your Gov. is a moron also) is beyond the scope of intelligent reasoning.

    July 17, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Tonfa

    I think that Vitter should withdraw his apology. Why should he be sorry for his feelings and expressing them–even if someone somewhere perceives them to be politically incorrect.

    July 17, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Mary

    He's a jerk..
    She is one of the most fair, decent news people there are.. His comment was high school stupid.. Seems he is seriously immature.

    July 17, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Jilli

    What a pair of pathetic little men. Of course, I'd never expect a man with a diaper fetish that frequents prostitutes and one that employs a girlfriend beater as his womans issues representative to be a picture of good judgement or class.

    The comments were completely uncalled for. Just goes to show the intellectual immaturity of both.

    July 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. The Big J

    If Vitter would use his mind in more constructive ways, such as helping the citizens in a positive way; he could be a positive force. But does he do that? No! He'd rather waste his time insulting tv stars & thinking up odd kinky things to do with hookers. What a glutton! And what we don't need sponging off tax payers dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. AirCav70

    Hopefully the Republicans will bounce Vitter for a better candidate. He deserves to be replaced, but the Dem's have no chance in this race. Obama has allowed the government to stall the early efforts to save the beaches and waterways. Can he spell KATRINA ?

    Maddow, Keith Slobbermann, Beck and Rude Limbaugh are all the same. They insult everyone on the other side of the aisle and then the morons from both extremes follow them blindly.

    July 17, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Mike in Mississippi

    I guess hanging out with all those prostitues and call girls (like all good Christian/Moral Majority Republicians seem to do) has made Vitter forget his manners. SHame on him. Of course if Rachel was wearing a babydoll nightie and cooing into his ear (of course he'd be paying her, like all of his other "dates") he would not be so critical.

    July 17, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. lblanken

    You Vitter, are a shining example of what is wrong with this country.

    July 17, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Jude

    Bully. A male in power being a bully is disgusting and a very poor example to our children. This is what is happening all over the country right now. Reps (male thought) bulying the dems (female thought). And our kids get to watch and learn. No superman here, just trash talking jokers.

    July 17, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. GSW Minnesota

    A far right Republican displaying arrogance with ignorance...shocking.

    July 17, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Eric

    The last thing he should be doing is drawing attention to himself with his past history. What a douchebag.

    July 17, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. VnVtrn

    Maybe Vitter was reflecting on the fact that when he wears his diaper, he "looks like a baby" IDIOT !

    July 17, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. JB

    Rev. PEter M. Calabrese, CRSP July 17th, 2010 11:43 am ET

    The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that when Republicans make a low class remark they apologize. When a Democrat does it it's drinks all around and proclaim its wittiness in the socialist main stream media.

    Get a new schtick Rev the socialst blah blah blah, blame the media for vitters stupidity is old.

    The real difference is that a Democrat never would have publicly made such a stupid and insulting comment. It says more about Vitter than it does about Dr. Maddow.

    July 17, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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