Vitter: ‘I didn’t do no Big Easy ho’s’

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. Carl Nemo

    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 **==

  2. SEAL

    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. Carl Nemo

    “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 **==

  4. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    I’m sure Ronald Reagan would have
    said: “Win One For The Zipper!!!”

  5. Carl Nemo

    Yo acf…

    “what kind of a legislator has he been. Does he have any issues there?” Yep, he likes serving up great “pulled pork” sandwiches, courtesy of the U.S. Treasury ‘deli’. He’s also a “Rethuglican”. Are there any further questions… 😐

    Nemo **==

  6. acf

    Yes, he’s a typical family values hypocrite, but aside from that, what kind of a legislator has he been. Does he have any issues there?

  7. gene

    Well (MrHoppy) above “I COME FROM THE SOUTH”. Hold on for a minute while I check myself…….your right!!!….”Nothing good seems to come from the South….”

  8. MrHoppy

    The South really needs to clean up the corruption. Nothing good seems to come from the South…

  9. JudyB

    Sen. Vitter …So much for sorrow and forgiveness. Now its time for the pennance part so, RESIGN!

  10. Steve Horn

    Not a very flattering picture of his wife – and not a very convincing statement on his part either. I am unconvinced, but feel that it’s more important to take action against the warmongers than the whoremongers –



  11. Bill Robinson

    So it is OK to disregard your marriage vows and abandon propriety as long as you don’t do it in your home state, is that his argument?
    These jerks, our congressional representatives, are disgusting, vile, duplicitous swine. They should be tarred, feathered, and ridden out of DC on a splinter filled rail. I don’t want to offend by telling you where the rail should be inserted for maximum effect, but even that is now in question. A Republican congressman from the West Coast of FL was arrested for offering to perform a sex act on an undercover (now there’s an appropriate adjective) cop for $20 or $25. His anus is probably so stretched out by his undercover shenanigans that the rail would go in with room to spare.

    And along the same vein of duplicitous acts, remarks, and behavior we have the glorious King George who, on one side of his mouth, speaks of bringing democracy, elections, and self-determination to the Middle East (specifically the Iraqi people) and on the other side of his mouth pledges support and $200,000,000+ to the duly UNelected Prime Minister of the palestinian people. These people elected, by popular vote, Hamas. Bush chooses to ignore the will of the people and support Fatah. What happened to self-determination, or is that only for those who King Georgie and Deadeye Dickie decide deserve it? I would love to see a splintery rail stuck into those assholes. How well they deserve it!!!!
    Bill Robinson

  12. mojibyrd

    Can he spell

    Yeah and he has been truthful/honest/respectful and even faithful to his wife and family and can be trusted with a naked ho in his bed….hell this administration and congress has called out ho ho ho more than santa clause has in the past year…and we all believe in santa clause more so than the politicians of today.

    Impeach Bush

  13. Bill Robinson

    One more thing…
    Let’s stop using this word “Ho’s” to describe prostitutes. Call them prostitutes, that’s what they are.

    The term “Ho’s” should be used to describe our elected officials. That is what THEY are.

    Well, actually two more things. The second is that the reason Mrs. Senator Vitter has that look on her face is that Mr. Senator Vitter just jammed his thumb into her rectum. Otherwise how in the world would an honest woman want to stay with that “No Louisiana Prostitutes” Ho?

  14. geyser

    Mr. Vitter commited a “Very serious Sin” That leaves the door open to a host of things he did. Since he has chosen not to be specific let the imagination go wild. I’ll rule out Animals, only because his wife forgave him. If Animals were involved and he was honest to tell her, he would have a room at the local “Y”
    We could have a great deal of fun with this, at his expense,
    if we wanted to.
    I realize the seriousness of what he did but, isn’t the main problem with his wife and family? What would be the percentage of the Male politicians that have done something similar, above 80%, below it, closer to 90%? The Male species away from the nest, will defintely flirt with the females, during the course of the daylight hours. If nothing connects and a friend mentions where the ladies can be found, he will go just to see what it is like. Once that decision is made, it doesn’t take much to make the excuse to engage and what the wife doesn’t know, won’t hurt her, right, the lie of lies. If the wife does happen to find out, confronts the husband and he confirms, the wife will be devastated.It is the absolute worse act a man can do to his wife.
    At the job, all the males are proud of him, he’s accepted as one of the guys, anybody tells you different, their either jealous, gay or a hypocrite.
    A percentage of wives will not forgive. They might not want a divorce but, you’ll be sleeping downstairs on the couch, forever.
    It is a farce that everybody is making a big fuss over this.
    The image of our politicians are all ready tarnished. It would take a great deal more to polish that image then making the example of Mr. Vitter and any other name that is added to the list.

    Taking One Day at a Time

  15. gene

    Is it just me or do they (Vitter and his wife) look kind of “STRESSED” in the above photo. I think Vitter just “flittered” his life away…you think?