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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  1. Petty To You

    Maddow does develop fact based arguments and she does try to be constructive but she is frenetic and silly to the point of distraction. That is number one. Number two, it is a free country and Senator Vitter's comment was and still is relatively harmless. I have no truck with Vitter but can't we all get along? To do that we need to grow up a little. Any chance of that?

    July 17, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. george mobile al

    rachel maddow is one of the brightest comentators on television. and you sir are a moron! how did you get elected in the great state of louisians anyway?

    July 17, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. sheik camel toe

    And when I say NIKKI HALEY SEX SCANDAL, I don't mean the NIKKI HALEY SIKH RELIGION scandal, either. She kind of turns her back on her entire family's culture in that one to get elected.

    Nikki Haley is not her real name. Her real name is too Indian-sounding and racist Tea Party people equate brown skin with black people.

    You found your MACACA moment. Indian Americans.....Nikki Haley is ashamed to be from an Indian family? Is this true?

    July 17, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. george wheeldon

    Are the people of Louisiana this hard off? This bigoted "moral" jerk sure needs to shut his mouth, after he resigns. Louisiana, PLEASE, you surely have better down there.

    July 17, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. jim

    typical republican name calling. I wish they'd use factual data. I'm tired of the name calling, pure opinions, and no facts.

    July 17, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Freedom1

    Rachel Maddow is a typical liberal pig.

    July 17, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Nancy

    Davey Vitter apology – too little, too late. You can call a pig a rose, but it still smells like a pig!

    July 17, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. MatthewDetroit

    Why apologize for something that is ABSOLUTELY the TRUTH.

    Enough with the polictically correct garbage.

    She is also very much a socialist....

    The Truth Will Set You Free.

    July 17, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. AnaHadWolves

    Vitter is just the latest in a long, sad and sorry line of Republicans who think anyone not white, male, Christian or heterosexual must be the very spawn of Satan.

    Isn't this the same Vitter who had dalliances with prostitutes and he's married? Oh, well...since he's white, male, Christian and presumably straight, he thinks he gets a pass no matter what he says.

    No, David...you are a total tool and an embarasment to REAL Americans...race, gender, religion or sexual orientation notwithstanding. Do us all a favor and just STFU...please.

    July 17, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. sheik camel toe

    And as APU, the lovable Convenience Store clerk from the SIMPSONS would say: Nikki Haley will be SORRY that she lifted her SARI.

    And by all means, do not GOOGLE Nikki Haley Sex Scandal. Please,

    (In Elvis voice) Thank you very much.......Goodnight!

    You Tube: Elvis Hawaii American Trilogy

    July 17, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Pat

    Wonder how Vitter like having an ass for a face or is it that he IS an ass and thus his face reflects who he is. I suppose he would appraise himself as a gift to all women too eh? btw: Wasn't he one of the ones who was caught screwing around? My how quickly we forget.

    July 17, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Jersey George

    What a poor excuse for a U. S. senator and we as taxpayers pay his salary. If he is re-elected in the fall, I'll have no respect for Louisiana voters! Rachel Maddow is one of the very best news reporters on TV because her stories are accurate and truthful and not made up to appease and/or rile up the viewers. If she makes a misstatement on a news story, which is rare, she'll immediately correct it to her viewers at the earliest opportunity. Those who make personal attacks of someone because you don't agree with his or her politics is an absolute jerk and beneath contempt. I have never seen Ms Maddow personally attack anyone with name calling and the like.

    July 17, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. mason gill

    Why does no one ever quote for us any of these "caustic comments" Rachel Maddow supposedly "blirts" out? Do truth and fact corrode faith-based preconceptions?

    July 17, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. socal frank

    Is Louisiana the official "clown school" for congressemen and senators ???? All Vitter needs is a big red nose, a pair of rubber shoes, and a bicycle horn.

    July 17, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Flipper

    It's hilarious to see all the left-wing crybabies in here engage in self-righteous hysterics when one of their own gets joked about, but have no problem whatsoever when some of the most vile, disgusting things get said about those that they don't agree with politically. And I'm not just talking about Palin.

    We are still waiting for apologies for the personal insults & attacks against those on the right. Anybody? No? That's what I thought.

    July 17, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. CBass

    Hey Palin here's a divisive comment. Where's your outrage? Hey Tea Party, you claim to be non partisan, where is your outrage? Just another disgusting and divisive comment from one of the pretenders from the Group of Pretenders (GOP).
    Pretend to be Christian
    Pretend to be Patriotic
    Pretend to be Adults
    Pretend to be righteous

    July 17, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. andy c

    How would he know what a woman looked like? He spends most of his time looking for hookers anyway, that's been proven! His apologies don't mean anything , he is a republican! He just came supporting the birthers again. He is a boozer, a liar just loves to spew crap and wants America to fail!

    July 17, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Chaos

    Kenneth Krieger said...

    >>>Maddow may lack confidence in herself and her opinions. Because of that lack of confidence and self esteem she blirts out caustic comments<<<

    Ms. Maddow has strong opinions and debates the opinions and positions of others but is far far less caustic and is much more mild mannered than other talk show hosts left or right. You obviously don't know what you are talking about.

    July 17, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. johnnyhouse

    She can't take what she dishes out.Don't feel so good when the insults are reversed.

    July 17, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. WTF

    Ah yes...typical for blow hard republi-cons...once the facts get in the way...let's just personal attack em!

    July 17, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Barry

    Vitter is a complete chauvinistic moron. I hope the people of Louisiana find themselves a better Senator…even if, heaven forbid, he or she might be a Democrat.

    July 17, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. John

    HAHAHA. A Republican posing as if he was 'apologizing.' That's really rich.

    July 17, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. dustin1018

    Well, he looks like a woman. He has some nerve insulting her that way. What is important is that she is a great journalist. This idiot obviously is another moron, taking out his frustrations on a very, very popular gal. He is jealous, because she is more famous than him.

    July 17, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. kernel kOrN

    What a jerk.

    July 17, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Aaron

    Still not ONE article about the DOJ dropping the Black Panther Party case on CNN. Not one link to the video of the BPP. Not one article about the allegations of Black racism at the DOJ.

    Hmmm, if this was the Bush administration would CNN be blacklisting this story?

    July 17, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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