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. Patti in Dallas

    What? No mention of his call girl days in the Senate when he was "looking like a man"?!?

    July 17, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. grrace

    I think Rachel looks precious, and, her brains are precious to boot. (As in, Rachel 'rocks!')

    July 17, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. EChristine

    I think Rachel is interesting and hot because she is witty, thoughtful and funny. Vitter wants to get elected. He can get the homophobe vote as well as free publicity, by publicly insulting Rachel. I hope his strategy back-fires.

    July 17, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Chino

    Just another example of the double standard of the left. They can get away with anything and say anything but Reps have to apologize and amplify every gaff they make. Joe Biden says stuff like this almost on a daily basis.

    July 17, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    Next headline: Maddow and Kagan Tie the Knot.

    July 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. mike

    really "must have been along time ago" that's it and an apology doesn't anyone have a sense of humor anymore. I watch often and she is always spouting off about people. and most of the time it is funny even if i don't agree with her political views. you people need to get a life!

    July 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Open mouth. Insert foot.

    July 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. E Louisiana

    Kyle Indiana believe it. Recently moved back to La from Illinois and some of the views I hear from residents of La leaves me in a state of
    shock. I have been added to Vitter's Facebook messages of the day to residents of La and he is a joke but the comments shows how much they lap up his messages of the day. They complain about the government spending and how Washington is wasting their taxes but tell
    them La receives $1.71 for each $1.00 La sends to Washington and you will be invited to go to another site and stay off the site with your negative comments. A laugh a day is good for the soul and I now use the site for
    that reason. Sometimes the comments can be a bit scary.

    July 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. kbob

    This from a senator who asks prostitutes to change his diapers for him, and who put an aide who pled out on a charge of pulling a knife on his girlfriend in charge of Vitter's platform on women's issues.

    The man is a misogynist, pure and simple. Why would anyone vote for him?

    July 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Chino

    Comment awaiting censoring...

    July 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Sleazy politicians have long assumed that making a half-hearted apology make everything allright, but it doesn't!

    July 17, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. sheik camel toe

    David Vitter admitted to patronizing prostitutes on a sinfully frequent basis on July 9, 2007.

    All of the lurid facts, details and sleaze can be found on this man's own WIKI page on the internet. (Pssst...you might want to edit that one, "Vitter the Quitter!")

    Google: Deborah Jeane Palfrey Sex Madame

    She was found hanged. What a surprise.

    This is a warning to all haters: Rachel Maddow is a National Hero.
    You are a National Disgrace. Resign now.

    July 17, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. D. Tree

    First he gets caught with hookers, now he's making homophobic comments. This guy apologizes, but its pretty clear what kind of mentality he has. Too late for apologies Mr. Vitter, it looks like you are done.

    July 17, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Rob Schrader

    Typical Repub old white frat boy comment from Vitter.

    Repubs are uncouth scum. Die Repubs die.

    July 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. mk

    WOW , CNN, did you really post someones phone number? Kenneth Krieger, did you want your phone number posted? You mods have really got some nerve. Decline a post for whatever reason and then post something like a persons phone number? Really?

    July 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. frank

    Vitter revealed how the republicans are naturally political losers, when are they going to get their act together and start doing good for this great country of ours. i just don't understand these individuals hallucinate just like R.Limbaugh,me as a republican just can't see supporting the GOP this year.i just wished they stop this foolishness and start putting the cards on the table.i don't want to vote for Obama again so please impress me.

    July 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. proud dem in nc

    Consider the source, Rachel.!!!!!! Your show is very informative. Repiglicans like Vitter ( and most other Repiglicans) are hateful, bigots!!!!! If a person is not a well to do WASP, they have no tolerance for them. Then they call themselves Christians. They make me sick!!!!

    July 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. jt35

    can we see the mug shots of his prostitutes and see how feminine they look?

    July 17, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. bovineburg

    Having paid so much for certain specific types of women so often Vitter has made the natural mistake that looking like a whore is the norm rather than the exception.

    July 17, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Terry

    Sounds to me like the good senator only hires hookers with long hair??

    July 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. sue

    Mr. Vitter – you are disrespectful of women – that is not a surprise.
    Aren't you proud LA that you have this person who disrespects women at all levels as your representative? Doesn't say much for LA.

    July 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Marshall M

    To Mr. Krieger: You said, "To me every issue should be right and wrong, not left and right." Problem is that most all the time, those on the "right" are wrong.

    July 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Moderate

    You guys in the GOP ever talk about issues or are you just elected to us our tax money to hire prostitutes, party in strip clubs and go on radio or television shows to down other Americans?

    What is your point?

    What could you ever hope to achieve by making comments like this? Are you trying to make her cry? Is that it. What has she ever done to you and Rush? Oh I get it, you're just being bullies!

    Better be careful or somebody will call your mothers to come and pick you up for being bad on the playground. 12 year olds can be so rude.

    July 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Who Cares?

    Why would any woman marry a southern man?

    I guess they like "staying in their place".

    July 17, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Scott

    Oh like Vitter is the prize pig at the county fair? He should talk. He is a low rent idiot who has zero respect for anyone, especially women. VOTE HIM OUT! If cheap shots is all he has to offer, then that's ALL HE HAS TO OFFER.

    July 17, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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