Her boast that some of Washington's elite used her - er - services gained considerable traction yesterday, when Sen. David Vitter admitted his phone number was in Palfrey's newly released client list and publicly apologized for - well, he was mum on what, precisely, he did, but he sounded awfully contrite:
"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible," the Louisiana Republican said in a statement to the AP. "Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there--with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way."
Vitter, 46, "sinned" sometime before his 2004 Senate confirmation, while representing Louisiana's 1st Congressional District in the House, the AP reported.
Palfrey, who faces racketeering charges for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of D.C.-area hotels and residences from 1993 to 2006, heaved the phone records onto her Web site Monday, four days after a federal judge quashed a restraining order forbidding their release. Vitter's statement was sent to the AP's New Orleans bureau Monday evening.
Palfrey insists her business was legitimate, Vitter's marriage counseling notwithstanding. Her civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, told the AP, "I'm stunned that someone would be apologizing for this."
You can download the client list here, though last time we tried, the server was down. (Sabotage? Or just heavy traffic?)
- By Joe Palazzolo