Larry Flynt is claiming credit for outing Sen. David Vitter's connection to the so-called D.C. Madam, and a New Orleans madam has stepped forward to claim that Vitter was a client in the 1990s.
Hustler magazine publisher Flynt said his staff called Vitter's office Monday, saying they knew his telephone number appeared on a list from Deborah Jeane Palfrey's escort service.
"Vitter ran to the Associated Press in an attempt to get ahead of the story," Flynt's office said.
As they say in PR, "when in doubt, get it out."
Of course, this wouldn't be the first time Flynt "outed" a Republican. As you may recall ...
... Flynt also claimed responsibility nearly nine years ago for getting former Rep. Bob Livingston, R-Metairie, to admit that he had extramarital affairs in the past. Livingston resigned from the House, giving up the role of speaker, which would have put him third in line for the presidency. Livingston resigned the same day the House voted to impeach President Clinton for lying about his relationship with a White House intern.
Interestingly, it was Vitter who replaced Livingston and took his House seat.
But there's more ...
Jeanette Maier, known in New Orleans as the Canal Street Madam, claimed Tuesday that Sen. David Vitter visited her Mid-City brothel beginning in the mid-1990s.
According to Maier, Vitter would pay $300 an hour for services.