Sen. David Vitter on Monday denied having relationships with New Orleans prostitutes, a week after admitting links to a Washington escort service that federal prosecutors allege was a prostitution ring.

Vitter emerged from a week of seclusion by appearing at a news conference in suburban Metairie while holding hands with his wife, Wendy. He denied the New Orleans prostitution allegations and offered no indication that he would resign. He said he planned to fly Monday night to Washington to resume work in the Senate.

“I want to again offer my deep, sincere apologies to all those I have let down and disappointed with actions from my past,” Vitter said. “I am completely responsible, and I am so very, very sorry.”

Vitter said that the events in Washington took place years ago, and that he and his wife had undergone marriage counseling.

“No matter how long ago it was, I know this hurt the relationship of trust I have enjoyed with so many of you, and I have a lot of work to do to rebuild that,” he said.

On July 9, Vitter apologized for committing a “very serious sin in my past,” acknowledging that his Washington phone number was among those called several years ago by an escort service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

Federal prosecutors accuse Palfrey of racketeering by running a prostitution ring that netted more than $2 million over 13 years, beginning in 1993. She contends her escort service, Pamela Martin and Associates, was a legitimate business.

Telephone records show that the service called Vitter’s number five times from 1999 to 2001, while he was a U.S. representative.

Also last week, the former madam of a New Orleans brothel that was shut down several years ago claimed Vitter was a client in the 1990s. However, her defense lawyer and a U.S. attorney who prosecuted her said Vitter’s name never came up in that investigation.

The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans also reported that Vitter had used the services of another New Orleans prostitute.

Vitter, 46, referred vaguely to the New Orleans-based reports but said that “those stories are not true.”

The first-term Republican said he has worked hard on his marriage and on living by the values he has long espoused as a politician.

“I believe I received forgiveness from God. I know I did from Wendy,” he said. “Unfortunately, my admission has incurred some longtime political enemies and those hoping to profit from this situation to spread falsehoods, too.”

Vitter did not take questions at his news conference Monday, but Wendy Vitter stepped to the podium and called her husband “my best friend.”

“When David and I dealt with this years ago, I forgave David and made the decision to love him and recommit to our marriage,” she said. “To forgive is not always the easy choice, but it was and is the right choice for me.”

Vitter was elected to Congress in 1999 to fill the vacancy left when Rep. Robert Livingston, R-La., resigned amid disclosures of marital indiscretions. Vitter was elected to the Senate in 2004.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said she would have no comment on the matter until she speaks with Vitter.


  1. “We already know he is a right wingnut that supports Bush. That is what he has done that is wrong. We are the ones he is screwing.”

    Spot-on SEAL…! Your last thoughts on the subject hit the nail squarely on the head.

    Nemo **==

  2. Senators are very powerful people. There is a certain type of female that is magnetically drawn to them and will serve them any way they want. Whenever and wherever these senators travel these women are there throwing themselves at them. Monica Lewinsky is a classic example. How many men can resist that?

    From personal obsevation and being involved in “conferences” where there are these conditions, I found very few men could pass up the opportunity. They are out of town in a closed protected environment. They are in a party atmosphere. They see nothing wrong with having some fun with young and pretty girls. But most of the women at those conferences are hookers. So, the men pay them. Actually they feel safer if the women is a pro.

    I have never “cheated” on my wife of almost 37 years. No big deal, just didn’t want to. Besides, I married the most beautiful person in the world.But damn near every other man I saw at these things did. They see nothing wrong with it. Morality is not an issue in their minds when they are there. But the minute they leave and head home, they go right back to being US Senators or Admirals again with that family value image as if it never happened. A few are like Vitter was. They become hooked on different sex they are afraid to ask for at home or they have a prudish wife.

    I would bet money that the only reason Vitter confessed to his wife is becaise she put two and two together, caught him, and confronted him with it. She probably gave him an ultimatim and watched him like a hawk. The wife of a politition can ruin one of them quicker than anyone else can. But they will put up with a lot of crap because they like the power and prestige of being a senators wife.

    Knowing all the above I wonder why we even discuss this story. The only real crime here is the embarassment he has caused his wife and children by being publicly exposed. As some have already said, I couldn’t care less about his personal life. What is his record in congress? We already know he is a right wingnut that supports Bush. That is what he has done that is wrong. We are the ones he is screwing.

  3. Truly a family tragedy! What we are witnessing with these two desperate human beings is Vitter the pol concerned about losing his plush, “fatcat” job as a U.S. Senator with his wife realizing that if he’s forced out by further disclosures she will have not only been publicly humiliated by his stupidity, but their lifestyle will be severely curtailed too. So it’s a complex mix of politics, personal family values, and a threatened lifestyle;ie., the ability to make a plush living with lotsa percs courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. I’m sure “we the people” both think and say tough!

    I hope Larry Flynnt or someone with an axe to grind flushes out one of these New Awlins ho’s, giving us all some mike time concerning Vitter’s denials… 😐

    Nemo **==

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