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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  1. fred guisse

    It's fairly obvious he is sincerely sorry. Sorry he got caught. The public may be apathetic about 90% of life, but that doesn't make them stupid. Just lazy.

    July 17, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Mike from Philly - all my life

    Shame, David Vitter. Shame, Shame on Limbaugh. I am a long time married heterosexual male whose heart is grasped everytime I see her, and so is my brain. She is a fully engaging individual who just looks in the right places and finds the right things, as well as plenty of the wrong things. Rachel is what Limbaugh should be. She is who they think he is. But they just dont get it 'cause to them it's all about being the winner of the pissing contest. Shame to lay ruin to such a wonderful country. The tea party folks should be watching, and listening to Rachel. She really is the biggest supporter of what these people really want.

    July 17, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. jona

    blah.. she makes far more condescending comments on her show. This is a wash. Maddow is a liberal spinster. She gets what she asks for.

    July 17, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Dixon

    That's odd that Rush would make any negative comments toward a person who he disagrees with. He must have forgotten to take his OxyContin that day.

    July 17, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Hope

    This garbage being spewed by a man who cheated on his wife with a prostitute and while wearing diapers. Sweet freakin' Jesus, the HYPOCRISY!!!!

    July 17, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. VnVtrn

    HorkusMac July 17th, 2010 11:47 am ET

    Another double standard by CNN. Rachel Maddow condescendingly and sarcastically toys with any non-Democrat in her cross hairs, complete with innuendos while CNN turns two blind eyes toward her "journalistic reporting" that lacks ANY objectivity.

    But, when someone goes against her, BANG!

    My prayer is that, someday, CNN regains some credibility by calling it both ways. Until then, don't wonder about your falling ratings...
    Is your comment "calling it both ways" a secret code for YOU GO BOTH WAYS?????

    July 17, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. k4midd

    we must remember, this is the party of family values. name calling, bigotry, and slander are just a few of the ways they show their loyaty to the party.

    July 17, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Hope

    And, Idiot Tea Baggers enjoy that title. You coined it, you can live with it, hillbillies. It's not our fault you're too ignorant to know what "tea bagging" is!! Try going into town once in a while.

    July 17, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. k

    Maddow is a very intelligent host. Enjoy her nightly show on MSNBC. Vitter your not even a man when you make your wife stand next to you while admitting to your prostitutes.

    July 17, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. JoshA

    Why do politicians apologize for the comments they make, when they obviously mean them. This republican scumbag thinks that all women should have long blond hair and be as attractive as possible for all the menfolk. I'm sure he'd also like to see them lose their right to vote, work, and be seen in public.

    If you want to apologize then change the way you are. You are a professional liar, sorry doesn't cut it.

    July 17, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. David H

    Vittner commenting on people's looks? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black Rachael is a much more pleasant sight and she has brains to boot. Vittner is nothing but a misogynist idiot.

    July 17, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Michael

    The DNC must pay their people to post on these sites to defend the demoRATS and liberals. These people enjoy attacking Republicans and the American way of life..

    July 17, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. That Guy Who's Always Right

    This is a standard ploy. Say something prejudicial and demeaning, winning over the hateful base by letting them know where your heart truly lies, then apologize so that the more moderate people can give you credit for acknowledging that the victim didn't deserve the insult.

    You want to apologize? Admit that someone as hateful, judgmental, and evil-hearted as you doesn't deserve to be in office, and resign.

    July 17, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Wolf69

    This from yes I did her Vitter, who cars? I guarantee Rachel will laugh it off.

    July 17, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Daniel

    Charlie Melancon will kick Vitter's ass on November or NO ONE will care what happens to Louisiana!

    July 17, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Chuck in Jasper Ga.

    You would think by now someone within the leadership of the Republican Party would tell every Republican to just shut up. The more they talk, the more ignorant, hypocritical, and dishonest they show the world they are. I'm very glad "elected officials" like Boehner and Vitter can't keep their mouths shut. Elated actually.

    July 17, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. sami73

    Is someone keeping track of how many times Republicans open their mouths and then have to apologize for what they said? Do they NEVER THINK? Or do they even know how to think.

    July 17, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. BlythewoodSpirit

    Maddow is one of the very brightest stars in the media sky!

    July 17, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Another Republcan adulterer who happens to be a U.S. Senator and, also, one who thinks with his other head. This idiot should have resigned from his Senatorial position years ago after admitting to adultery, (with his wife by his side) and carousing with prostitures in Louisiana and Washighton, D.C.

    Along with Vitter, the other one from Arizona who had affairs with his Chief of Staff's wife should follow suit and resign. Both these men got elected based on their strong family values and religious ideals.

    Lousiana and Arizona should throw those two bums out of office.

    July 17, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. old codger

    Rachel looks good to me, a lot better than the lady of the night Mr. Vitter called on. Besides she is bright and the best new face in news coverage. The people of Louisiana deserve a Senator that respects women including his or her mate, and would be able to help the people of the gulf coast, unlike the representative in the senate he has been.

    July 17, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Sid Prejean

    What he meant to say was that she didn't look like any of the hookers he's most familiar with. And that is apparently a pretty large sample group.

    July 17, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. todd

    Well, the woman is a COMMUNIST, so who cares!

    July 17, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. sue

    I love how republicans are always going on and on about their "values"!! I didn't know HATE was a family value!

    July 17, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. ruty

    Vitter have you and Rush looked in the mirror lately? I wouldn't make a comment about ANYBODY if I looked like you. Typical republican behavior.

    July 17, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Liz MacIsaac

    Vitter had run out of common sense when he made the personal attack on Maddow. It only made him look juvenile and petty. Way to go, Vitter – you weren't long on credibility anyway.

    July 17, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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