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. welches, oregon

    True, Maddow's program leans progressive, but her reports are always factual – no made-up news as on some other main stream channels.

    July 17, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. A disgusted former Republican

    Why is it that homosexuals like Vitter feel they have to belittle others?

    July 17, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Film Professor

    Yuk, Yuk, Yuk. Them good ol' boys are really funny, huh?

    One can only wonder about the slurs that Vitter and company made about Hillary behind closed doors, and the generally condescending attitude that guys like this have about women.

    July 17, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Cindy DC

    It amazes me how this guy can continuously be on the news for racist, prejudice, and distasteful comments but he still has a chance at winning. Whose just another one of those pig headed morons who gives Southerners a bad name. When you're wondering why, you only have to look at the idiots you elect.
    And for the record, the Republicans were the fools who originally called the Tea Party "Tea Baggers" because they're too ignorant to know popular culture terms. Rachel Maddow was only poking fun as anyone would considering the Republican party had just shot themselves in the foot for the one hundredth millionth time.
    Rachel Maddow shouldn't be offended, she has more smarts in her pinky than Vitter could have in his entire lifetime. This only goes to show that only people who are highly educated should be allowed into office. Not some ignorant hill boy.

    July 17, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Butch Peaston

    Another homophobic republican, WHAT A SHOCK!

    To all the "Born Again", and anti-gay conservatives and republicans out there...

    You are on the wrong side of history here, and the HISTORIC record will reflect this. Your bigotry will stand as your final legacy in much the same way as Racism and Homophobia stand as the legacy of men such as Rev. Jerry Falwell (a long time segregationist and homophobe) and Senator Jesse Helms (a long standing racist and homophobe). They can never take back the hate filled words they said and the deeply dividing and destructive deeds they did. But you can. Time to stop hating, and allow full right to gay and lesbian AMERICANS – From Adoption to Marriage. !!!

    It's the right thing to do!

    July 17, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Trey

    Are all of you trying to tell me that she does not look like a little boy with short hair. The fact is that he said that she looked more like a girl in high school when she had long hair. Stay with the facts Rachael is always bashing someone. DEAL WITH IT.

    July 17, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Jack Kegley

    I watch Rachel Maddow every night. She is smart, informed and basically very fair. Yes, she has a progressive leaning, a fact she readily admits, but I have never seen her browbeat a guest or take a personal shot at any person. As much as she disagrees with the Bush/Cheney Whitehouse, she was one of the first to wish Vice President Cheney a quick and complete recovery and even took the time to explain the procedure that had been performed. I have never heard her make a statement that was not backed up with substantial background and if she makes a mistake, she will correct it immediately on her next show. What does her sexual orientation have to do with her opinions and comments on the show. If I am straight, am I allowed to comment here but if I am gay or transgender I am not? If I am a Christian, am I allowed to comment here, if I am a Muslin, Sikh, Jew, Agnostic I am not? My beliefs, lifestyle or personal life should have no bearing on my ability to offer constructive comments on this site. Neither should Rachel's

    July 17, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. greg

    does not surprise the rup says sorry if she was a righty all the dem who go what me.

    July 17, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Bette

    Just another mean, hateful, demeaning Rethuglican. Do they ever say anything that's not mean, hateful and demeaning? They play to the losers – no class at all.

    July 17, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Anne Rochman

    Rachel Maddow is a teacher, a born teacher, and this is her invaluable contribution. Her thorough research, her orderly presentations and her commitment to clarity are what we need in this sound bite maelstrom we live in. What sounds like it could be a boring one hour lecture becomes interesting and thought provoking when she applies her intelligence and empathy. This Vitter person was discredited long ago and should be universally ignored and voted out of office at the soonest possible opportunity. He is a disgrace to the people of his state.

    July 17, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Allen

    Senator David Vitter is a total moron, who was caught paying for prostitution in both DC and New Orleans, despite being a married father of four. How this guy isn't in PRISON, much less a U.S. Senator, is beyond me.

    July 17, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Greg

    Though, not a democrat or Maddow supporter, Vitter's comment are WAY OUT OF LINE!

    I will not defend him just because of my affiliation, he should be reprimanded by the Senate.

    We would not accept these comments from our children, and our elected officials MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

    July 17, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Paul in Atlanta

    Why has a political party attracted such disrespectful people so full of hate?

    July 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Joe in TN

    See the clown. See the clown talk. See his lips move. See the silly clown make a fool of himself. Enjoy the clown...his show, unlike Ms. Maddow, is nearly over. Wave bye-bye to the clown.
    Combine vicious and bitter...you get Vitter. Happy weekend

    July 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. barb

    What do you expect from a Rush follower...they're ignorant a$$es

    July 17, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Mike

    Typical Republican/Conservative bigotry. What is really sad is that people like him, Limbaugh and Coulter have more hatred for their fellow Americans than they do for Al Queda and the injustices of the world.


    July 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. rhumba

    This is what a brainless person stoops to when he/she feels intimidated by the intelligence of another human being. He starts criticizing physical appearance. Rush has done this with Hillary Clinton and other women for years. Bitter Vitter has now hit bottom. He can't think of anything smart to say. His apology is just worthless political posturing.

    July 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Allen

    Senator David Vitter is a total moron and a hypocrite. He was caught paying for prostitution in both DC and New Orleans, despite being a married father of four. Ironically, while he was hiding his own frequent use of paid prostitutes, Vitter publically stated that President Cinton should've resigned during the Lewinski scandal.

    How David Vitter guy isn't in PRISON, much less remains a U.S. Senator, is beyond me.

    July 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. love2dance

    Rachel is one excellent reporter and person. She cares about our country and the people who lives here. She is not a member of the "Hell No" repups. who only care about big business. Mr. Vitter's comments reflex his ability to accept a persons mental knowledge. We all are human being and should be treated as such. TOOOOO bad Mr. Vitter sees himself in a lesser faction....vote him out!!!!!

    July 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Niki

    Actually, Vitter is right and I agree with him. Madcow did look like a girl back then. She now looks like what she is............ So, what is wrong with that? Madcow calling the TeaParty Movement teabaggers is OK, though? Why call one scum and not the other??? Just asking...

    July 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Mike W.

    What a krock, He is just another 6 grade bully that never grew up. another republican glorification of ignorance continues unabated.

    July 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. STAB

    maddow is a mean nasty piece of flesh,i would not call her a woman after all the nasty things she calls conservatives and is just as bad a this a-hole kath griffin a so called comedian who really looks like a clown or a prostitute like she called the brown girls.

    wh do libs get away with this crap but a good repub can't?!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Dwayne

    No surprise...republicans are just arrogant, they can't even see through their own crap!

    July 17, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. ral_oh

    Kenneth Krieger of Cape Corals, "Ms. Maddow may lack confidence in herself and her opinions. Because of that lack of confidence and self esteem she blirts out caustic comments that keep people who she wants to listen to her so turned off that she might as well be speaking to herself. I hope she finds peace and comes more to the middle and that she leaves "Shock Speech" to Howard Stern. Kissing is better than talking unless except when talking is like kissing."

    You sir, have exposed yourself as someone who has never ever watched her show. if you had you would know, she does not lack confidence, is Rhodes scholar, has her doctorate, is very knowledgeable when it comes to politics and war (she is writing a book about it). No shock speech from her, just well researched information.

    July 17, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Chris C

    Rachel Maddow is an intelligent journalist. I don't agree with her on some issues, but Senator Vitter was wrong and he rightfully apologized. The problem is that Rachel won't end it there. Like most people they will continue to drag it on and on and on. Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and others on that network do the same thing. That is why their ratings suffer. Their intelligence proves to be a disservice when they do things like that.

    July 17, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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