Skip to comments.Republican Admits to 'Serious Sin in My Past' (Another Rudy supporter with "secrets")
Posted on 07/10/2007 7:07:58 AM PDT by TitansAFC
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican senator has been caught in the "D.C. madam" snare.
Sen. David Vitter's telephone number was listed in the records kept by Deborah Jeane Palfrey - the woman accused of running a prostitution ring. Palfrey insists it was a legitimate escort service. On Monday, she posted her clients' telephone numbers - but no names -- online.
"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible," Vitter said in a statement released to the Associated Press on Monday.
"Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there -- with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way."
Vitter, 46, was elected to the Senate in 2004 - the first Louisiana Republican to serve in the Senate since Reconstruction. He previously served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Vitter recently helped lead the conservative effort to kill the immigration "reform" bill. He also supports the Marriage Protection Amendment.
"As the parents of four children, my wife Wendy and I get up every day dedicated to securing a truly bright future for all of us in Louisiana," his website says.
According to ABC News, Palfrey's clients included prominent business executives, NASA officials and military officers, but they have so far not been named publicly.
Randal Tobias, a senior State Department official, resigned several months ago after ABC News asked him about his use of the escort service.
'What a joke'
A website dedicated to New Orleans news and information, nola.com, offered readers a chance to vent about Vitter.
"What's your reaction to the senator's admission? Will it affect his ability to represent Louisiana? Are you satisfied with his apology?" the website asked.
Reaction was mostly unfavorable:
"Here is a guy who preached about New Orleans being sinful. What a joke," wrote one reader. "As I've said in the past all men in congress get drunk with power. The only thing that would surprise me is if Mary Landrieu or Pelosi were buying boy toys."
"I want govt. out of my wallet an out of my bedroom, regardless of political party," wrote another reader.
"Soliciting sex is illegal in DC. Vitter therefore broke the law. Are Republicans ready to reelect a criminal to office in 2010? Because Vitter broke the law, he should resign. This is really a huge disgrace, and we cannot afford any more bad press in Louisiana," said another angry constituent.
"His bible thumping family value gravy train has derailed."
One reader mentioned press reports in 2004 in which Vitter (running for the Senate at the time) publicly denied allegations that he had an 11-month affair with a known prostitute.
No wonder these guys support Rudy Giuliani. He really IS their kind of candidate.
I guess we can't count on Rudy single-handedly cleaning-up all of national government, as his supporters have been trying to tell us. He can't even keep his own house clean - personal or campaign house, that is.
Had enough yet? Stop Rudy NOW!
This has nothing to do with Rudy. Please.
If Rudy’s past malfeasance and liberalism aren’t enough to shake his fan club, a few rotten supporters aren’t going to dampen their enthusiasm
David Vitter appears to be a solid conservative in the Senate. Regardless of his mistakes in his personal life, we would be much better served if we did not throw him under the bus because of this.
No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. The important thing is that when we do screw up, we try to fix it, and not repeat the mistake, and hope for forgiveness from those that we hurt in the process.
Good grief. I wouldn’t vote for Rudy in a primary because I don’t support his social positions. But I fail to see your logic here. And I like Vitter. Most people do have things in their past they don’t want disclosed. Vitter’s past, the SC campaign manager’s arrest... these have nothing to do with Guiliani.
This is about a pattern of people supporting Rudy.
Vitter did not “come clean” with us, anymore than Jesse Jackson did. We only heard about this when he got busted.
Vitter has put his reputation on the line in his support of a Liberal for President. All this does is point out that perhaps that was a bit more of a gamble than we thought - betting on Vitter’s reputation.
Now the question is: do we INSTANTLY forgive and forget with Vitter?
I’m willing to forgive, but his endorsement of Rudy - added with this new revelation of frequenting prostitutes and covering it up from everyone even after “quitting” - is hardly winning my blind support of “Conservative hero,” Mr. Vitter.
With me, he’s kind of on probation.
But we do see a pattern emerging here, like it or not.
It is always disappointing to hear of serious moral failure in the life of a leader ... but since Mr. Vitter is not applying to be pastor of my church, I think the above should suffice.
David Vitter is a national hero for his work in stopping the Kennedy amnesty bill.
Again, it seems that Vitter's personal issues have not impacted his voting record in the US Senate. He might support Rudy, but that doesn't make Vitter himself any less of a conservative. Putting Vitter "on probation" because of his support of Rudy is a bad idea... if enough like minded people withhold their support of Vitter because of this, he will inevitably be replaced, most likely by a liberal Democrat who won't agree with us on anything. Do we really want that?
As wrong as Mr. Vitter's actions in his personal life were, if I was one of his constituents, I would still gladly and heartily support him.
Vitter supports Rudy who is a social liberal who has had association with someone with drug issues.
Well, let’s also go with:
Vitter also supported GWB who had problems in the past.
Using a common but flimsy link here, Rudy and GWB are connected in some way.
I know, PacMan Jones acts like a gang banging thug. He plays for the Titans. TitansAFC roots for the team that employs PacMan Jones. Ergo, Titans AFC supports thug life, people having 4 kids with three women, calling females bitches and hoes, etc.
Rudy falls on his own merits. No need to have to reach for the stars....
Vitter was a “hero” here a couple of weeks ago in re: shamnesty. I don’t know as I’d be so quick to condemn.
If not for Vitter, and the people like him, we would be on the verge of another Civil war or Anarchy. We all make mistakes, none of us are perfect.
No one is saying that cheating on one's spouse is not a serious character flaw. It is, but we must also understand that every now and then, even the best of people can give into temptation and do things they wouldn't otherwise do. Everyone is susceptible to this, it is part of our human nature.
Of course, this does not excuse such actions. If anything, we should pray that he and his family can get through this difficult time.
You should look at this another way. It isn't like he got drunk and killed somebody.
You really, really, really don't want to imply that only politicians supporting Rudy ever committeed adultery...do you?
I didn't think so.
He cast his damn vote correctly, so what the hell more do you want? Perfection?!?! Cam’t you see that asking a married man not to frequent prostitutes is practically Puritan of you?!?!?!
How DARE you have a moral standard for office-bearers!?!?! Do you want the Democrats to win, or are you rooting for the terrorists?!?!
And Rudy being surrounded by gay Republicans, NARAL-types, cocaine users, crooked cops, and frequenters of prostitutes - all of these people holding KEY positions in his campaigns and administrations - proves nothing. After all, if I use six degrees of separation with you, I can connect you to Osama Bin Laden.
Instantly forgive, because they vote Conservative. That way, we can be just like the Democrats. The measure of a person is no longer based on their character as a whole - it is based on how they vote on key political issues. We can overlook the other stuff, because he’s our guy!
It’s Louisiana. Running with whores is a virtue down there.
If someone votes conservative, as Vitter does, how can be "like a Democrat?"
If Ray Nagin manages to become US Senator from Louisiana, it will be because we threw Vitter under the bus.
-—”Its Louisiana. Running with whores is a virtue down there.”-—
Ouch! But you do get laughs from this man born in Baton Rouge......
Who are you for? With just a bit of research I can find a supporter of him/her who is not pure.
For Gods sake seeing a prostitute in this day and age is equivalent to a burp.
What does this have to do with Giuliani?
How desperate can you be?
-—”If Ray Nagin manages to become US Senator from Louisiana, it will be because we threw Vitter under the bus.”-—
Ah. I see. The Democrats are worse, so shut up.
How desperate can you be?”-—
Not desperate enough to support a Liberal for President - so I wouldn’t go throwing around the word, “desperate.”
The important thing is that when we do screw up, and before we get caught, we try to fix it, and not repeat the mistake, and hope for forgiveness from those that we hurt in the process. We have a little more credibility that way.
After we're caught, it loses a bit in the sincerity department.
Vitter is not the last GOP name from the list of whore users. I am betting there are more.
There. I fixed it.
You want him to resign?
A bit much, if you ask me.
“Soliciting sex is illegal in DC. Vitter therefore broke the law. Are Republicans ready to reelect a criminal to office in 2010? Because Vitter broke the law, he should resign. This is really a huge disgrace, and we cannot afford any more bad press in Louisiana,” said another angry constituent.
I wonder if they constituent wanted Clinton convicted in the Senate. That was rhetorical.
Yes, the Democrats are worse. Which outcome is better to you, having all imperfect Republicans, including conservatives, be removed from office, and be replaced with liberal (and imperfect) Democrats, or not?
Vitter is no RINO. He stood fast against shamnesty. If his family can forgive him for his mistakes, than so should we.
Which Dim voters have mastered well, as evidenced by how much power they have accumulated in the MSM, the Fed bureaucracies, education and the judiciary.
Using this as a vehicle to attack Rudy is not a good idea. I’m a Fred Thompson supporter. But if you think that Fred or Duncan Hunter or Ron Paul or Tom Tancredo, et al have no supporters with skeletons in their closet you are mistaken.
Oh wait.....that’s not what you said, is it?
Nor did I say we need to REMOVE Vitter, so stop pretending I did.
I did say that frequenting a prostitute and covering it up from us for so long deserves some consideration. Rather than DEMAND everyone INSTANTLY forgive him and “move on,” how about accepting that perhaps some of us are going to have less than blind faith in Vitter for a little while?
I cannot buy into the “he opposed amnesty, so let’s ignore everything else he does” philosophy.
No he does not need to be removed. Yes, we need to be a little more cautious in our support of Vitter than we have been. Yes, he’s still better than the Democrats lining-up to face him. No, we don’t INSTANTLY just pretend that it means nothing.
Nothing. We should still trust him to make the highest appointments in this land without hesitation. Shouldn’t even hesitate....
In 2000, Vitter was included in a Newhouse News Service story about the strain of congressional careers on families.
His wife, Wendy, was asked by the Newhouse reporter: If her husband were as unfaithful as Livingston or former President Bill Clinton, would she be as forgiving as Hillary Rodham Clinton?
Im a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary, Wendy Vitter told Newhouse News. If he does something like that, Im walking away with one thing, and its not alimony, trust me.
I think fear is a very good motivating factor in a marriage, she added. Dont put fear down.
Vitter briefly considered a run for governor, but bowed out in May 2002, citing strains on his marriage. He announced that he and his wife had entered counseling.
Ok. So you wish Vitter to go out and announce his sins? Having secret sins, particularly of a certain sort, makes anyone in public life vulnerable. But I don’t expect them to announce their dark side. Would you? But how anyone handles this when it becomes public is the real test to me. It’s hard to find good public servants today. And we wonder why?
He's also supported the troops, is pro-life, the war, he might even be a fiscal conservative too. Those are also other reasons to support him.
So where are the Democrats who saw her whores?
I hope there is no testimony or singed oath of any kind from this episode that might hurt Vitter (perjury, for example):
-—”Congressman Denies Affair With Prostitute, Says Charges Are Politically Motivated
by Christopher Tidmore
posted by March 26, 2004
For the first time, Congressman David Vitter has spoken out publically about allegations that he carried on an eleven month affair with a known prostitute named Wendy Cortez.
On WSMB radio last Saturday, a caller who identified himself as Elwood asked Vitter about charges, made by a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee in the Weekly that the then-State Representative, had had an affair with a known prosition in the French Quarter. Elwood continued, “Would you be willing to sign an affidavit that you have ever known, met or had relations with one Wendy Cortez.”
Vitter responded, “I think you know that that allegation is abosultely and completely untrue...I have said that on numerous occassions...I’ll say that in any forum...Unfortuanately, that’s just crass Louisiana politics, now that I am running for the Senate. I have made that clear that it is alll completely untrue...And, it’s obviously politically motivated.”
In point of fact, Congressman Vitter had previously refused any comment on the charges. The story appeared in this newspaper just days after Vitter dropped out of the race for Governor in June of 2002. The Louisiana Weekly published allegations that Cortez, a known prostitute, claimed that she had an 11-month affair with Vitter, a state representative at the time.
Vincent Bruno, secretary of the Republican Party of Jefferson Parish and a member of the RSCC, alleged that Congressman David Vitter had engaged in an extramarital affair. In what was a high-stakes political battle between some of the most prominent members of the Louisiana Republican Party, Bruno charged that a prostitute, who stated her name to be Wendy Cortez, allegedly confessed to him to having a paid sexual relationship with Vitter. Three separate and independent sources, including WDSU-TV reporter Richard Angelico, confirmed Bruno’s allegation. Each had spoken to Cortez personally, and she recounted to them the details of her alleged affair with Vitter.”-—
I agree that Vitter has been a solid conservative. However, I think what is being overlooked here is that he made a mistake, and lied to his constituents to cover it up. Cheating on his wife is not good either, but that is between he, his wife and God. It doesn’t have anything to do with me.
I would have some serious trust issues with this guy. If he is the best Republican running, I could still vote for him. But that is a big if. Surely there is someone with more integrity and solid conservative credentials that could run.
Vitter should be criticized for his behavior and every respectable conservative should be seriously considering whether he is worthy of their vote. Otherwise, we are the same as the liberals; willing to sacrifice our values to win the election.
-—”So where are the Democrats who saw her whores?”-—
Oh man! I am hoping to see that list.....
Notice the deafening silence of the Democrats on this today?
I wonder if Dems on the list will ever see the light of day—or just Repubs.
This is D.C.
My bet is that it will be difficult to ever get those Dem names.
I also bet that Vitter is the ONLY Republican, hence the leak. If there were more Republicans, we’d already know.
Just my opinion....