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. HorkusMac

    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...

    July 17, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    He is a loser. The people who voted for him deserve him.

    July 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. davo/kissimmee

    Louisiana deserves better than this fool.

    July 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Jim-Atlanta

    You have to understand....the only women who look like women to Vitters are hookers. Without pancake make-up, implants and stileto heels it just doesn't register.

    July 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Ben Dover

    Vitter = Vicious + bitter

    July 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. repubs are idiots

    Oh no! A lesbian journalist! How un-christian!

    July 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Donald

    @ kurt, lol. You republicans are too funny. Why are u guys aways apologizing?

    July 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Jan

    When you hang out with scum like Rush or his ilk you can't be much more than scum yourself and what comes out of your mouth is about the same as the garbage that comes out of Rush's. He deserves to lose regardless of his comments.

    July 17, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Mark

    Bigots are plentiful, but why do we elect them to be in the US Senate? It should be an august body of great minds and thoughtful behavior, not a club for right wing clowns.

    July 17, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Mickey, NY

    Dave, Illinois July 17th, 2010 11:21 am ET

    [Hey CNN, how about a ticker on Maddow's insults toward Tea Party members – calling them "Tea Baggers", a sexually offensive insult. Oh yeah, thats different – Maddow and her ilk have a free pass because they are liberals.]

    Ummm...Davie boy..."teabagger" is a term first coined by FoxNews reporter Griff Jenkins who mailed teabags to Congress...nice try at rewriting history...right out of the Bush/Cheney playbook.

    July 17, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Deb in Northglenn, CO

    Kurt – Just what is your definition of "ladylike"? So, Dr. Maddow (yes, she has a PhD and is a Rhodes scholar), doesn't fit what you consider to be "ladylike"? Whoopty damn doo. Her show is well researched and she does not scream at or humiliate her guests. She has people on her show from all sides of the political spectrum and always treats them with respect.

    Her sexual orientation is no one's business and is not relevant to her ability to discuss the issues.

    It is a weak man (or woman) who has to personally attack someone, rather than discussing the issues like an adult. But, then again, we are talkingabout Vitter.

    July 17, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Papasan in AZ

    Hill Billie! The GOP has to stop the inbreeding, it's really starting to show...

    July 17, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Steve

    Just another conservative showing what they're all about. They more they speak, the clearer it becomes that these are the most mean spirited people in the country. Rush, Beck, Bachman, Palin, Vitter, Hannity, Fox, Newt, Barber, Steele, ect, ect, ect.

    No plan, no morals, no nothing. They think all they have to to do is spread anger, hate and fear and everyone will follow them. Can you say I don't think so!!!

    July 17, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Kyle, Indiana

    I can't believe anyone would vote for someone as corrupt as Vitter

    July 17, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. jbloe

    Not that it matters other than the fact she is on TV (as opposed to radio or print), I the Rachel is an attractive woman. Vitters seems to like women who he has to pay anyway so I am not sure his opinion matters all that much. He boils down to another Republican moron who seems to think stooping to something like this and subscribing to the birther movement will really get him somewhere. And, sadly, it very well may in this country.

    July 17, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. laurien

    Dave from Az: Can tell you're an avid news watcher. "Tea Baggers" was the term that the tea party member originally called THEMSELVES when their nonsense erupted on the scene. Rachel Maddow did not make that up; she pointed out what it mean the "other meaning" of the term, which, you have to admit, is pretty funny. It's their "nickname" for themselves, not hers. Furthermore, Rachel Maddow exposing and relating the asinine antics of public officials and people of the fringe is not "beating up on them"–if you don't want her to report on you, watch what you say and don't say it while a camera is on you. Try your best not to be racist and ignorant, and you probably won't pop up on her show. It's simple. She backs everything up with direct quotes and footage. And if you don't believe me, try watching the show for yourself, which you clearly haven't, otherwise you'd already know all of this.

    July 17, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Paul

    Birther, and pig. Sounds picture perfect for what the Republican party has allowed itself to become. Barry Goldwater is rolling over in his grave, and though I'm not a Republican, I mourn with Barry. The party of substantive ideology is long dead, replaced by the crowning of bigoted, ignorant morons on display.

    July 17, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Willy Brown

    Why do that. The liberal hack is going to blast you anyway because you are an adult.

    July 17, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Sarah

    As a mother, I'd be proud to have Rachel Maddow as my daughter. She is intelligent, very highly educated (a PhD.), and a good person. On the other hand, Vitter, who wore diapers when he was with his hookers, is not someone I'd invite into my home or let anywhere near my daughters. I hope that the good people of Louisiana get rid of Vitter because he is an embarrassment and a poor role model.

    July 17, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. GI Joe

    Hey – as a male, I wouldn't want to shower near Vitter. It doesn't take much for a male of his super low morals to go from whoring to "boy love". Ick !!

    I hope the good people of Louisiana vote that loser out. Put a Dem in and there might be more jobs in Louisiana and unemployment for those unlucky enough to not have one at the time.

    Vote out the Party of NO !!

    July 17, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. hobart

    She not only did not deserve the comment, you insulted personally all LGBT people. You sir, are a bigot, plain and simple, and you have no place in public office. You are a disgrace.

    First we get Mark Williams' blatant racism, and now your blatant homophobia.

    Why do you Republican and Tea Party darlings hate America?

    July 17, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Hannah

    There is no substance to Republicans. Remember Carly commenting on Barbara Boxers Hair on national TV? If I were a Republican I would run as fast as I could from these people. They act like children and govern the same way.

    July 17, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Jerry Martin

    He is a disgrace.

    July 17, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Whew. Looks like a Lousiana unknown (Alvin Greene equivalent) could beat this guy in a heartbeat. It would be nice to see 1/3 of Congress, both house and senate be made of ordinary citizens of good character with NO Party Ideology representing the best interests of their constituents and not special interests and corporate interests.

    July 17, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Lets expose Rush Limbaughs staff.

    This guy needs a checkup.

    July 17, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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