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. Anonymous

    Typical Conservative Christian Republican......They go to church on Sunday and hate Monday thru Saturday!!!!! The middle class and poor people better wake up or we will have the same policies of the Bush administration that put us in this mess. And lets not forget Reagan who started de-regulation!!!!!

    Also, please learn what socialism means before you call people socialists...

    July 17, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Joe

    I think she look attractive. Personally speaking she is more feminine than DeGeneres which is getting close to start wearing a three piece suit with a bow tie.

    July 17, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. lloyd roberts

    You all forget that the madam who ran the service that born again Vitter frequented, Debra Jean Palfrey, killed herself because she was facing a life sentence with no chance of parole for servicing members of congress. Her punishment was harsh because she was exposing creeps like Vitter and this was the way to shut her up. To me Vitter is also a murderer. Only in Louisiana

    July 17, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. DAVE

    well, Rachel Maddow doesn't look like a hooker, Senator Vitter. Apparently those women are the ones you look at most, Mr Family Values.

    July 17, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Bob S

    I think Rachel uncovers the truth on many topics and people. I wouldn't call this "far left"...it's truth morons! This idiots take low-class pot shots at her because she exposes them for the scum they are.

    July 17, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Spado

    Why is this a big deal? Someone is not allowed to joke about a the physical appearance of a news commentator? What about all the jokes about Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh? Didn't Al Franken make repeated comments on Rush being a big fat idiot? By the way, I watched Maddow and Barney Frank openly mocking the beliefs of evangelical Christians last year. Talk about bigots.

    July 17, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Philly Mark

    Rachel, I think you're smoking hot and we need you to combat blabber-mouthed bigots like Vitter, Limbaugh and the rest. Don't pull any punches.

    July 17, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. AG

    Personally I think Rachel Maddow is cute, I def have a crush on her. Plus it helps that she's super smart.

    July 17, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Vitter said, "The hosts made their comment and I obviously chimed in."

    Notice how he tries to portray himself as a victim, caught up in the nastiness of other people, instead of just admitting he doesn't like Rachel Maddow and thought it was funny to make a veiled joke about her sexual orientation.

    Typical Republican these days: They can't win on the issues because ALL OF THEIR POLICIES ARE PROVEN FAILURES, so they go the juvenile route of making fun of people.


    July 17, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. JOHN

    David Vitter was such a frequent user of of prostitutes' services that they had his phone number on speed dial (see Washington Post article dated 7/10/07). These prostitutes were paid between $275.00 and $300.00 per sexual encounter.

    Ladies and gentlemen I present to you Senator David Vitter. I am not sure whose morals are deeper in filth, the Senator's or the people who support and vote for him. Enough said.

    July 17, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. pkb

    Vitter looks like the greasy politician he is. Rachel Maddow is a lovely woman.

    July 17, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. addon

    Why are the Rethuglicans characterized as being hateful and completely dishonorable? We should vote for this petulate fools?

    July 17, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. mudbone

    Vitter is a typical southern republican....he has to have someone to
    insult and what better venue than RushRadio. He is a member of the
    GOP which the party of the KKK. The Pubs can't stand it that we have
    an articulate, well educated black man as president. Rachel does
    a great job of exposing hypocrisy that comes out of the mouths of
    idiots, especially adulterers like Vitter. He is a sorry excuse for a U S
    Senator and this doesn't do much for Louisiana's image

    July 17, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. laurien

    Ray in Phoenix– You're a M-I-S-O-G-Y-N-I-S-T. Please look it up.

    July 17, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. news3000

    I have a question? Who killed Vitter's prostitute provider? Did she kill herself? or someone else did it?

    Larry wrote "LOL. Vitter wears diapers for his prostitutes and he mocks anyone else?" I am laughting so hard. Wonder if his prostitute did the "three place service" on him.

    July 17, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Biased

    Democrats and liberals should learn to get over themselves. Have you even listened to Rachel for all the names she calls people and I have yet to hear her apologize. When do we get apologies from democrats like Pelosi for calling Americans who attend tea party rallies astroturf and terrorists? I don't remember an apology from the likesof Olbermann when he said Hillary should be taken into a room where only he comes out standing so as to imply they should beat some sense into her because she wouldn't fold over and cave for Obama to get more of a free ride than he did? I don't remember an apology coming from Clyburn when he called Bill Clinton a racist or when Jesse Jackson Jr. called Hillary a racist for not crying for blacks? When those apologies come then I will get upset over Vitter and his apology, but until then – forget it!

    July 17, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Rachel Maddow earned her undergrad degree in public policy from Stanford, is a Rhodes Scholar and earned her PhD in politics from Oxford University.

    Contrast that to the women Vitter is used to "being" with.

    He's obviously intimidated by Maddow.

    July 17, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Rickster

    vitter is a cad. a diaper wearing prostitute hiring cad.

    July 17, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. David

    That's ok, Vitter, we imagine you were ONCE a man.

    July 17, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Coherent1

    Point 1: The Tea Party referenced themselves as "Teabaggers" without knowing what the term meant, so enough with the Vitter sympathizing. Maddow just called them out on it. Point 2: Maddow's appearance or sexual orientation has nothing to do with her abilities in her profession. She is a talented woman who tells it like it is and has openly disagreed with Obama as well. Vitter needs to keep his mouth closed because the visual of him with hookers and a diaper is not very politically appetizing. I mean, I can't imagine what this guy thinks about at the round table when sound decisions are supposed to be made. "Wow, she looks like a dude." Hey dude, let's make a diaper out of that policy paper and visit a few hookers." Ugh.

    July 17, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. PrinceTamino

    More Southern ignorance. This is why republicans do not get behind education: educated people would never vote for a ass like this.

    July 17, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. marlene

    Sen. Vitter doesn't deserve the title honorable!

    July 17, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Lilarose in Oregon

    This story was about a politician's rude comment about a woman who is the host of a TV show.

    Yet there are many posts on this blog deriding the woman who was the target of the rude comment.

    Why can't we stick to the subject of the story and not jump into our own personal biases that are totally unrelated to the story?

    July 17, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Chrissy

    I love Rachel Maddow even though I generally (not always) vote republican! She's articulate and beautiful as well. Vitter is an idiot in soooooo many ways, and is an embarrassment to me as a fellow rebublican.

    July 17, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Lorraine

    Rachel is highly intelligent, fair, witty, articulate, and open minded. Unfortunately, the same things cannot be said about Vitter, and he knows it.......he's intimidated by women such as Ms. Maddow, so in typical neanderthal, teenage boy mentality he comments on her looks. Wow. How unique. How mature. Not surprised though given the man has the intellectual depth of a kiddie pool.

    July 17, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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