Flynt says he's located five Vitter hookers
Does that mean the Louisiana family values senator was lying at his press conference when he said that all of his philandering was with a DC Madam call girl long ago, and he and his wife Wendy handled the indiscretion privately? That’s what Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt said on Larry King Live. More after the jump. Flynt’s been working with local media down there (via the Pensito Review):
FLYNT: [I] want to point something out very important. [Vitter] lied on TV when he apologized to the nation. He?
[LARRY] KING: Lied how?
FLYNT: — well, he’s using his wife and kids as a shield and said what happened. Those rumors out of Louisiana where he had a small brothel of hookers. That was not true. Well, it is true. I’m working with the major Louisiana media down there.
KING: You say he had a brothel of hookers in Louisiana?
FLYNT: There’s been about five we’ve been able to track down so far. So you see what happens when you?re a guy like him and you?re not completely honest, see, he didn’t even have to bring that up. And now that he’s brought it up, everybody is all over it, including us.
Other developments include widely reported stories that Vitter has a diaper fetish and would pay the women to dress him up like a baby, as well as a story that he had a child with one of the prostitutes, Wendy Cortez, and that mother and child live in suburban Washington, where they receive financial support from Sen. Baby-Daddy.
I have to agree with DKos diarist davefromqueens:
Of course I’d choose not to do any of this [blog about it] if Vitter would abide by HIS own stated standards for public office and submit his resignation immediately. But to expect a right winger to have honesty and integrity may be asking the impossible.
…These RW conservatives believe in regulating the wombs, bedrooms, and sex lives of every adult American. If Vitter had openly come out in 1998 saying that what Bill Clinton did was no one else’s business and that govt should not be regulating other people’s bedrooms, I wouldn’t be writing this diary. Vitter is responsible for HIS behavior and the consequences that flow from it.
Adding to the fun: Today, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Senate Ethics complaint against Vitter.
Engaging the services of a prostitute violates both District of Columbia and Louisiana criminal law.
The Senate Ethics Manual provides that certain conduct may be improper even though it does not violate specific Senate rules or regulations. (A .pdf version of the Senate Ethics Manual can be found at the website of the Senate Ethics Committee.)
That type of conduct by a Senator has been characterized as “improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate.” This rule is intended to protect the integrity and reputation of the Senate as a whole. The Ethics Manual explains that “improper conduct” is given meaning by considering “generally accepted standards of conduct, the letter and spirit of laws and Rules…”
Whether or not Sen. Vitter is ultimately adjudicated to have broken any criminal laws, the Senate may still discipline him for improper conduct as it has other members in the past.