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Madam links Sen. Vitter to brothel

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July 12, 2007|From the Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — New allegations tie Sen. David Vitter to a high-priced brothel in his hometown, days after he publicly apologized for his connection to an alleged prostitution ring in Washington, D.C.

Vitter (R-La.) acknowledged being involved with a D.C. escort service that federal prosecutors say was a prostitution ring.

On Tuesday, former madam Jeanette Maier said Vitter was once a client of her Canal Street brothel. She pleaded guilty to running the operation in 2002. Vitter won his seat in the U.S. Senate in 2004.

Maier described Vitter as a "decent guy" who appeared to be in need of company when he visited the brothel.

"As far as the girls coming out after seeing David, all they had was nice things to say. It wasn't all about sex. In fact, he just wanted to have somebody listen to him, you know," Maier said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Vitter's office did not respond to calls for comment on the latest allegations.

Vitter, 46, and his wife, Wendy, live in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie with their four children.

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