LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Media sources from bloggers to CNN did their bit to permit Hustler magazine’s Larry Flynt to ‘Out’ Louisiana Senator David Vitter over his use of a Washington escort service.
While Flynt said it was ‘Payback time’ on CNN, the Washington Post today reports that Vitter, who has been in seclusion since acknowledging dealings with the escort service, “will be back next week,” said a Senate colleague who has exchanged messages with him.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., who has traded e-mails with his fellow Republican, told reporters that he expects Vitter to return to the Capitol by Tuesday, when the Senate will have roll call votes, the Washington Post reports.
The list of telephone numbers is seen on the desk of Hustler magazine magnate Larry Flynt with Sen. David Vitter’s phone number highlighted in yellow at a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Flynt claimed credit for outing Sen. David Vitter’s connection to the so-called D.C. Madam.The Hustler magazine publisher 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. New allegations tie Sen. David Vitter to a high-priced brothel in his hometown, one day after he publicly apologized for his connection to an alleged prostitution ring in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (Kevork Djansezian – AP)
A weakened President Bush appears strong enough to weather pressure for change in Iraq through the summer. (Melina Mara — The Washington Post)
Vitter, 46, missed votes on Iraq policy matters on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. DeMint said his understanding is that Vitter has spent the week in Louisiana with his wife and their four children.
“That’s the sense I got from trading e-mails,” DeMint said.
Vitter’s staff has declined to disclose his whereabouts or plans.