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. Dont forget to thank a Globalist if you dont have a job.

    I think Vitter would look better with long blond hair.I bet he wishs he were a woman.hahaha

    July 17, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Wake Up, Dave

    Dave from Illinois appears to forget that the Tea Party started the "teabagging" stuff themselves – way back in ancient history (that would be, oh, March/April 2009) the movement started with "send a tea bag to washington". Go use 'teh Google' on the phrase "send a tea bag to washington"; a lot of this nonsense is still up there.

    So what was it you were saying?

    July 17, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. M.A. Dashell

    Time to recall the June 9, 1954, Army counsel Joseph N. Welch's quote: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

    PS: Keep up the good work, Dr. Maddow. You are the best!

    July 17, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. jax

    You must have questions about your own gender pref. huh? why else would you feel the need to trash another? I really think that this just par for the course with you

    July 17, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Liberals say much worse about Glen Beck.

    July 17, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Mickey, NY

    The GOP is more and more becoming nothing but a gimmick.

    Party of morals and ethics...really!

    July 17, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Larry from Texas

    He shouldn't apologize. Republicans like hateful behavior, you know, in a nice Christian sort of way...

    July 17, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Squirt South Carolina

    Why, y'all need to send Vitter over here to South Carolina to be one of our Senators!! We could use another hypocritical, foul-mouthed, adulteress, blow-hard Republican here to show these Democrats how to run a State (and country!). But, alas, he'll be re-elected by those Cajun tea-buggers and serve them all, in the bye-you!!! You see, politics and voting now is all about "gut feelings!" It's got nothing to do with real qualifications, honest issues or the real integrity of the candidate running for 'office!" It now seems that those who run for the bedroom do best— especially Republicans!!

    July 17, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Vitter, a man who has to pay women to have sex and who gets his advice on women's issues from an aide (Brent Furer) who has pled guilty to assaulting his girlfriend two years ago by holding a knife to her throat and asking her if she wanted to die, should probably not be joking about gender and sexuality. He obviously hates and fears women.
    If he had any class he would resign from office in disgrace.
    But, of course, if he had any class he wouldn't be using yours and my taxpayer-provided salary to pay hookers and hire dangerous criminals.

    July 17, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Dennis

    Unfortunately we as a society have come to the point that the only way we think we can be funny is by insulting somebody or by tearing them down. Unfortunately, this is most often done by the same people who's motto is "Love God, Love People".

    What would happen to this country if we truly live the above statement and put all the hate spewing and war-mongering aside?

    July 17, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Johnny

    This from a man who solicits hookers. He has no respect for women. Enough said......

    July 17, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Ray in Phoenix

    Why apologize for telling the truth?
    Maddow does look like a man. Period. That's the whole point behind her "look". Lets not pretend otherwise. Bet she doesn't even own a skirt.

    July 17, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Seattle Sue

    I would be willing to bet that Rachel Maddow looks better than the whores that Vitter has kinky sex with.

    July 17, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Chipo

    Rachel is a beautiful person with long blond hair and short brown hair. Move on homophobes, beauty is not dictated by the length or color of someone's hair..... welcome to the 20th century.. now catch up with us in the 21st

    July 17, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Kenny

    One would think that a Senator would not participate in such 'childish' behavior. And then to apologize afterward is a good indication that Mr. Vitter is not qualified to represent anyone as a Senator.

    July 17, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Rev. PEter M. Calabrese, CRSP

    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.

    July 17, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Baton Rouge Guy

    I live in Louisiana. Vitter does not represent all of us. I wish my fellow citizens would wake up and help me vote this hypocrite out. Family values only applies to the non-GOP I guess.

    July 17, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. James McPherson

    With the apology, this may be the first time Vitter has looked like a man. Sadly, it won't last.

    July 17, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Byrd

    With VIttner's remarks, you're getiing an inside view into the way this cretin, and many other politicians, really think.

    July 17, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. wbn

    The horrible names libs (leading politicians, TV pundits, and movie stars) have used over the years for Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc. far surpass an off-hand jest that Maddow looked like a girl "a long time ago." However, insulting someone personally is not right and he was right to apologize. I see he gets no credit from that from libs, just as they are oblivious to their own insulting language and need for apologizing. Oh, I forgot–true liberalism is perfect! Hahahahaha.

    July 17, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. TJ

    Boy, those republicans can sure act like children and that may be an insult to children. But I would give children much more respect anytime.

    July 17, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Squigman

    I look forward to voting in November. And, I'm voting a straight ticket. And, I do not anticipate voting for any republicans.

    July 17, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. HokeInNC

    I'd like to know how Maddow's appearance or hairstyle is relevant to most anything...

    July 17, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. judith

    What do you expect from a married guy who can't keep it in his pants and then his soor mat wife stands beside him while he whines about his moments of weakness.

    Toss him out with the rest of the trash in November.

    I sometimes watch Rachael, I do not always agree with her but she certainly didn't deserve that crap and especially from trash like him.

    July 17, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. J Powell

    Hey Kurt, Dave and Steve- you boys must all be from the same club..

    You are nothing but tools- at least this guys knew what he said was inappropriate and offered and apology...whereas you pigs really coiuld care less...

    July 17, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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