Sen. Vitter: Rachel Maddow Looked Like a Woman a ‘Long Time Ago’
July 17, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the conservative “family values” lawmaker, has a problem with women. His fondness for prostitutes is well documented, as well as his hypocrisy. And this past week, Vitter shamelessly pandered to his fringe base, by lending credence to the birther conspiracy that President Obama is an illegal alien. He was just getting started. On Friday, Vitter appeared on a right-wing talk radio station in Louisiana, wherein he mocked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for not looking like a woman. This man is a U.S. Senator and he behaves like a buffoonish frat boy. After receiving criticism, Vitter apologized to Maddow.
Let’s take a trip down hooker memory lane. Married and a father of four, Vitter was forced to admit to a “serious sin” of paying for hookers, when it was revealed that he was a frequent customer of the DC Madam. There were also allegations that Vitter frequented brothels in New Orleans, a scandal that plagued him during his campaign for the House.
And there is the more recent issue of Vitter’s decision to keep an aide on his Capitol Hill staff to work on women’s issues. The aide, Brent Furer was arrested in 2008 for menacing and stabbing his girlfriend, while he held her hostage, as he asked, “Do you want to die?” Vitter asked for Furer’s resignation, only after the media uncovered his background. And Vitter later tried to parse words and deny that Furer worked on women’s issues.
If by Vitter’s attack on Maddow’s appearance, he means that she doesn’t dress like a hooker, he is correct.
Maddow wears her brunette hair in a signature cropped style. Recently, her high school graduation picture surfaced, showing her with long blond locks and Vitter and his frat boy pals attacked her current appearance, as not womanly enough:
“MALE HOST: I wonder if Senator Vitter is ever going to post, like, maybe the video of the first time he was on the floor of the Senate. If I have to show the way I looked the first time I was on TV, you should do that too.
VITTER: We should go further back than that, how about high school yearbook?
MALE HOST: Oh yeah.
VITTER: De La Salle marching band.
MALE HOST: That’d be cool. Well you know, with Rachel Maddow they had that picture of her…
FEMALE HOST: Looking like a woman.
MALE HOST: Yeah it was really bizarre.
VITTER: [LAUGHS]: Must have been a long time ago.
ALL THREE: [HEAVY LAUGHTER]”
Vitter later sent a letter of apology to Rachel Maddow:
Regarding my remark during a radio conversation today, I apologize.
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.
Lesser scandals have spelled the end of Congressional careers. But not only did Vitter not resign after the DC prostitute scandal, he is also running for reelection. And despite a last-minute primary challenge, Vitter has a very good chance of keeping his senate seat.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/dsb nola /Derek Bridges/Louisiana Senator David Vitter at 9/12 Tea Party event on 9/19/09 (rain delay) at a Holiday Inn in Covington, LA.