Louisiana’s Republican Senator, David Vitter, found himself in the middle of the D.C. Madam story when his phone number showed up on her call list:
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized 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.
The service’s proprietor, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 51, faces federal charges of racketeering for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of homes and hotel rooms in the Washington area. Authorities say the business netted more than $2 million over 13 years beginning in 1993. Palfrey contends that her escort service was a legitimate business.
“This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible,” Vitter, 46, said in a statement, which his spokesman, Joel DiGrado, confirmed to the Associated Press.
“Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling,” Vitter continued. “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 has emphasized “traditional family values” in his campaigns, so it’s fairly certain that the sharks in the media will be circling pretty quickly over this story.
Quite frankly, I don’t care if Vitter utilized Palfrey’s, ummm, services or not. Quite personally I don’t really think it should be a crime to begin with. And how Vitter and his wife handle this matter as it affects their marriage is an entirely private matter.
But this is Washington. And it’s a sex scandal. And it’s summer. So this is just the beginning.