Larry Flynt outs republican right-wing religious Senator David Vitter
A call from Hustler magazine may have prompted a Louisiana Republican senator to expose his past with an escort service run by the so-called “D.C. Madam,” the Blotter on ABCNews.com has learned.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., sent a statement to the New Orleans bureau of the Associated Press late yesterday confirming that he had used the now-defunct Washington, D.C. escort service Pamela Martin and Associates, whose former proprietress, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, has come to be known as the D.C. Madam, thanks to her high-profile federal prosecution.
Last week, immediately following a judge’s order, Palfrey turned over phone records for her service from 1993 to 2006 to Washington, D.C. investigative reporter and author Dan Moldea, with whom she is writing a book, Moldea told ABCNews.com.
According to Palfrey’s lawyer, Vitter’s number appeared on a February 2001 phone record, which his client had not previously shared with other news outlets, including ABC News.
The next day, Moldea told ABCNews.com, he discovered a phone number connected to Vitter in the records.
Moldea, who also works as an investigator for Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, contacted Flynt with the information, he said. Flynt did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABCNews.com.
Yesterday afternoon, a Hustler editor contacted Vitter’s office to ask his connection to Palfrey’s service.
Soon after, Vitter’s office released its statement.
Vitter’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Earlier this year ABC News received and analyzed a portion of Palfrey’s phone records that included calls between 2002 and 2006 but found no indication of Vitter having used the service. A new search of the records previously provided to ABC News against several numbers that have belonged to Vitter returned no matches.
Palfrey could not immediately be reached for comment.
The revelation of Hustler’s involvement is not without irony. Vitter joined Congress by winning a House seat vacated by former Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., in 1999. Livingston, a chief accuser of former President Bill Clinton during his Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, was forced to step down after Hustler magazine threatened to publish evidence of his own marital infidelity, which he admitted upon his resignation.
Flynt has announced he will hold a press conference Wednesday. According to a Flynt spokeswoman, the publisher is not planning to release any more names of former Palfrey clients, but she promised “more stuff” would come out then.
Larry Flynt’s ongoing investigation into the dirty secrets of prominent elected officials has exposed another hypocrite. Monday’s confession of marital infidelity by GOP right-wing marriage-protection advocate Senator David Vitter of Louisiana was the result of a multi-pronged investigation launched and run by Larry Flynt, publisher of HUSTLER Magazine.Within hours of a phone call from the offices of HUSTLER Magazine asking Vitter to comment on an article HUSTLER reporters were working on, Vitter ran to the Associated Press in an attempt to get ahead of the story.
As of 2 p.m. West Coast time on Monday, only Larry Flynt and the HUSTLER investigative team knew that Vitter¹s phone number appeared on the phone records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam. Within hours of obtaining the phone records, Flynt¹s team found what ABC News has so far been unable to ferret out. Flynt’s team is currently continuing its investigation into improprieties by other high-ranking elected officials.
Senator Vitter, a churchgoing Catholic who is married and has four children, is seen as a hard-line right-winger. A staunch supporter of President Bush, Vitter has built his reputation on family-values platforms such as marriage protection and abstinence-only programs.
In opposition to same-sex marriage, Vitter recently stated, “Marriage is a core institution of societies throughout the world and throughout history. It’s something that has provided permanence and stability for our very social structure.”
Sen. Vitter announced his support for Rudy Giuliani in March and was tapped by the presidential nomination candidate to serve as his Southern Regional Chair.
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