what Silda Spitzer is thinking…
Damn! I should have married Client #1
but per David Letterman: “Client 9 will soon be looking for wife number 2”
but $80,000 on high priced hoochies! my gawd, people are losing their homes and can’t afford gas! he could have donated that money to folks struggling and I’m sure got some sex favors in return from some grateful people AND had a tax write off instead of a money laundering trail! what a dumbass!
but he has to get out of office. I’m not concerned about the sex and cheating. cheating for sex is a common thing and goes back to the beginning of time, and obviously something he wasn’t getting at home. it’s always something not getting at home. yaddi, yaddi, yaddi.
besides, plenty of sex for him means he’s not off creating wars and problems, like, say, oh granting driver’s licenses for illegal residents and proposing a tax stamp for crack dealers.
it’s the funding of an organized crime ring which is why he has to go. he can’t be perceived as credible if he funds organized crime. the fact that he had to send the money secretly also confirms he knew he was doing something wrong. and the fact that he was formerly attorney general, he should have not only known better, but the name/number of every law he broke in the process.
well, when Client’s 1 through 8 are revealed. what a cliffhanger!
With his wife Silda Wall Spitzer holding the car door, Eliot Spitzer arrives at his Fifth Avenue apartment.
wait, is she getting ready to slam his head in the door…wow, now this is news!
updated 36 minutes ago 9:30AM EST 12 Mar 2008
New Yorkers: Sex scandal Democrat must go
* Crime-fighting New York governor faces growing calls to quit over sex scandal
* Opinion poll finds that 7 in 10 New Yorkers want Eliot Spitzer to resign
* Spitzer spent more than $15,000 on prostitutes, sources tell CNN
* Spitzer had “Mr. Clean” reputation; known for crackdowns on crime, corruption
NEW YORK (CNN) — Crime-fighting New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his family remained holed up in their Manhattan apartment Wednesday as he faced growing calls for his resignation after being linked to a prostitution ring.
Meanwhile, a new opinion poll found that seven out of 10 New Yorkers believe their Democratic governor should resign in the wake of allegations while 66 percent of those asked said they believed he should be impeached and removed from office if he does not quit.
“It’s a big thumbs down,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll, told The Associated Press. “It points to just how politically untenable his position is right now.”
Spitzer, who made a name for himself as the state attorney general by fighting white-collar crime — including a few prosecutions of prostitution rings — was named Monday in a federal investigation of a prostitution organization.
According to the poll, a majority of the 624 New York voters questioned by telephone Tuesday feel this incident should cost Spitzer his job.
Even if Spitzer resigns, 49 percent of the people polled still think he should face criminal charges. The margin of error of the poll was plus or minus 4 percent.
Spitzer has not admitted to being a client of a prostitution ring but did apologize for an undisclosed personal indiscretion during a brief news conference Monday.
Some New York lawmakers are calling for the governor to resign, and the state assembly minority leader has pledged to introduce impeachment articles against Spitzer if he does not step down.
Many voters agreed with him, according to the poll: 66 percent said they wanted the governor to be impeached if he does not leave office on his own.
If Spitzer does leave office, Lt. Gov. David Paterson would become New York’s first African-American governor. But 48 percent of those polled had never heard of him.
On Tuesday evening, a Spitzer spokesperson said he had made no decision on his political future yet.
Sources knowledgeable about the investigation said Tuesday that Spitzer, the key ally of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, spent more than $15,000 dollars for several encounters with prostitutes.
Spitzer built his career on rooting out public corruption as New York attorney general, and became a national figure with a series of high-profile Wall Street investigations.
He is also known for prosecuting prostitution rings and earned the tabloid nickname “Eliot Ness” after the incorruptible hero of “The Untouchables.”
Once seen as a rising star in the Democratic party, Spitzer took office in January 2007 with a landslide victory after serving eight years as the state’s attorney general. But the scandal raises questions about whether he will make it through a second year.
• Time magazine names Spitzer “Crusader of the Year” during his two terms as New York attorney general.
• Tabloids label him “Eliot Ness,” because of his reputation for rooting out corruption, busting white-collar criminals and tackling organized crime.
• Spitzer is known for prosecuting several prostitution rings.
• He attended Princeton and Harvard, then became an assistant district attorney in Manhattan.
• He worked for three New York law firms and decided to run in his mid-30s for attorney general.
• The first-term Democrat had been considered a rising star in his party.
• Spitzer is married and has three daughters.
A Democratic source with firsthand knowledge of the issue said: “It is a ‘when’ question on the resignation. Not an ‘if’… Eliot knows he cannot hold onto his job here.”
Another Democratic campaign veteran with ties to the Spitzer team said: “The political people were clear about the options. There are none. Not for him.”
“I think there’s no question if he is involved — and I’m not saying he is, because we don’t know all the facts — I would say he’d have to resign,” said James Tedisco, the Republican minority leader in the state Assembly.
Tedisco said Spitzer’s push to reform government “loses all validity if he was involved in something illegal like that.”
Hillary Clinton sidestepped questions about the sex scandal threatening her home state governor and political ally.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” she said when asked about the allegations. “Obviously, I am sending my best wishes and thoughts to the governor and to his family,” Clinton said.
The allegations, revealed Monday in The New York Times, were outlined in federal court papers detailing a meeting in a Washington hotel room last month between a prostitute and a client who a source told CNN was Spitzer.
A source familiar with the investigation identified as the hotel as the Mayflower Hotel. Sources said Spitzer rented two rooms — one under the name of a political donor.
The affidavit does not mention Spitzer by name, but a source with knowledge of the case said the subject identified as Client-9 is the governor. He has not been charged.
His alleged involvement with the ring was caught on a federal wiretap, the source said.
The prostitute, identified only as “Kristen” worked for the Emperors Club, which charged between $1,000 and $5,500 an hour and operated in New York; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; London, England; and Paris, France, according to court papers.
|Harold Meyerson – washingtonpost.com: In fairness, Spitzer clearly thought he was also buying one other valuable commodity: secrecy. At those rates, everyone could be trusted to keep quiet. Spitzer, however, clearly forgot what he’d learned in Prosecutions 101, which is that nothing intrigues a prosecutor more than unexplained silence.|