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Vitter’s Problem Grows as New Orleans Ex-Madam Says Vitter Was a Client

by Pamela Leavey

Oh my!!! Apparently, Senator David Vitter of Louisiana is in even deeper hot water than thought last night when it was revealed that his number was on the infamous ‘Madam’ phone list. Vitter groveled last night “after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the “D.C. Madam,” making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case.”

The statement containing Vitter’s apology said his telephone number was included on phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates dating from before he ran for the Senate in 2004.

Now it seems that a former New Orleans Madam has come forward and revealed that Vitter was a client at her brothel. Good gracious… He sure had people duped into thinking he was such an upstanding conservative Christian Republican! NOT:

Sen. David Vitter, who publicly apologized after being linked to an alleged prostitution ring in Washington, was once a client of a high-priced New Orleans brothel, a former madam told a New Orleans television station Tuesday.

Jeanette Maier, who pleaded guilty to running the Canal Street brothel in 2002, made the allegation in an interview with WDSU-TV.

“He seemed to be one of the nicest men and most honorable men I’ve ever met,” Maier said in the taped interview.

Maier said that Vitter visited the brothel several times for several years in the mid-1990s. Maier’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for an interview by The Associated Press.

Federal prosecutors unveiled the existence of the $300-an-hour brothel in April 2002. It was linked to similar operations in other U.S. cities. Maier was among 17 defendants who pleaded guilty in the investigation. With all the guilty pleas, there was never a trial, and that kept under wraps a list of customers that reportedly included prominent attorneys, doctors and business professionals.

AP News reports that “Vitter’s office did not respond to a call for comment on the latest allegation.” Vitter, outed by a Hustler reporter, is in his first term in the Senate which will no doubt be his last.

There’s more on Vitter’s little indescretions here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. And as always Memeorandum has all the buzz here.

6 Responses to “Vitter’s Problem Grows as New Orleans Ex-Madam Says Vitter Was a Client”

  1. Does this fall under, ‘Do as I say, not as I do’?

  2. Don’t bet on LA Voters throwing him out.

    After the disaster of Katrina with all the death and destruction…after all the maladministration…after the deaths that followed from disease….

    Not ONE officeholder was kicked out of office in the 2006 Election. Not one.

    I was consulting with a candidate in one of the Congressional Districts and it was a disaster.

    Louisiana has a history of corruption and sexual fun and games. It’s always been accepted as ‘the political norm’.

    I don’t think anything has changed.

  3. Stuart

    Maybe Vitter may not fall but it loos like SexGate is about to bust wide open with Flynt tracking 20 Congressional leads and a State Rep in FL just getting busted for solicitation in a public bathroom.

  4. Blue W

    I think it does. They say one thing and do another all the time. It’s rich that it is catching up with them in so many ways. It’s hard to keep up these days.

  5. [...] ?” Meanwhile, The Hill reports that Larry Flynt, of Hustler fame, who first exposed Senator David Vitter’s connection the D.C. Madam, is tracking 20 “congressional sex scanda [...]

  6. “Solicitation in a public bathroom” sonds so sordid. Please tell me that it was at least a Republican. Otherwise it would still be just as sordid, but might not be quite as hypocritical.