By Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representative Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he wants his fellow Republicans to be more "sensitive" as they seek to appeal to women voters in next year's congressional elections.
Why do you think I find this so funny?
You're pretty dumb, aren't you?
In 2009, Vitter's phone number was discovered among the client list of Debra Jean Palfrey, better known as the DC Madam. Under pressure from the media, Vitter issued a statement admitting to "a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible." He said the sins occurred "several years ago," and that he had since "asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife."
Palfrey wasn't the only madam who claimed to be familiar with Vitter. In 2007, a madam in New Orleans said she had counted Vitter as a client in the 1990s. The woman, Jeanette Maier, also described Vitter's alleged sexual preferences to a local TV station.
Vitter is not the first member of Congress whose spokesman has blamed an indiscreet tweet on technical problems. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) famously dragged out a sex scandal for weeks last year, during which he denied having sent explicit photos of himself to women via Twitter. Weiner initially blamed Internet hackers, before it was ultimately revealed that both the photos and the account belonged to the congressman, who resigned soon afterward.
Does this mean people like Senator Vitter are going to "reach out" to women?