Gov. Spitzer Linked to Prostitution Ring

Everybody’s talking about itAnd at least one savvy blogger is asking pertinent questions.

N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been “caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a law enforcement official and a person briefed on the investigation.” Spitzer gained “national prominence relentlessly pursuing Wall Street wrongdoing” and now he’s been caught in an ethics mess of his own.

Spitzer made a “brief public appearance during which he apologized for his behavior, and described it as a “private matter” and he “did not address his political future”:

I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong,” said Mr. Spitzer, who appeared with his wife Silda at his Manhattan office. “I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better.”

“I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.”

There’s speculation that Spitzer will resign tonight.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer was not expected to continue as governor and may resign as soon as Monday night, sources told CBS 2 shortly after it was reported that he was linked to a prostitution ring.
Reliable sources initially told CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer that Lt. Gov. David Paterson could be handed the job as early as Monday night, though other sources say the process could take up to 48 hours.

I’m inclined to think he shouldn’t act to rashly. As Mark Silva says on The Swamp, “There is nothing quite like a sex scandal to stop a successful politician in his tracks.”

Politicians have survived sex scandals, of course. […]

But so much of Spitzer’s persona is invested in his own enforcement of the law – combatting white-collar crime and securities fraud as a state attorney general and organized crime as a prosecutor in New York City – that the admission of involvement in prostitution leaves little room for movement in a political arena unforgiving of hypocrisy.

This is very sad news about Spitzer. Very sad, indeed. Apparently the Feds were looking at money transfers from Spitzer and “suspicious financial activity” which led to the prostitution ring.

The blogosphere is abuzz. Stay tuned…

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8 Responses to Gov. Spitzer Linked to Prostitution Ring

  1. He’s a Democrat. Thank god it was a female, and of age. That she’s a paid professional not so much!

  2. alrudder says:

    I actually organized a small event for him in 2006. This is the first scandal of a politician I’ve actually met, so I have been speechless all day.
    I really feel sorry for all of the volunteers and donors in NY who worked so hard for him.

  3. Alrudder

    Politicians are human like the rest of us. We hope the ones we support are above the fray, and then something like this happens. It knocks the wind out.

    On the flip side, I wondered from the moment the news broke why the Feds were in this. Digby and Jane Hamsher have interesting posts along that line.

  4. alrudder says:

    It went to the Public Integrity Section since it was Spitzer’s bank who flagged the unusual withdrawals. They thought either he might be getting shaken down for blackmail, or he was taking bribes and “structuring” his finances. Then the IRS and FBI looked into it.

  5. erfromsj says:

    What’s interesting is the timing of this whole thing. Before this Spitzer was really going full steam after those involved with fraud in the subprime-mortgage crisis. I wonder if he stepped on too many toes.

  6. ironxl84 says:

    He went against the Republican machine in NYS, aka Joe Bruno. It is likely that Bruno called Washington in order to dig up some dirt on Spitzer.

    But ultimately – Spitzer did it to himself. He should have been smarter than that. What a shame. What I found really upsetting was his wife’s noble attempt to maintain her composure in front of the press while experiencing the greatest of humiliations.

    This is the worst.


  7. If Democrats want to pay women for sex, and Republicans prefer men, where’s the crime in that? I mean, I understand the curent state of the law but it’s something that I’ve just never seen the logic in. Okay, so we go along with the agenda of “protecting children” and no one suggests that any part of that really needs to change. But protecting adults only from themselves? Sometimes I think that we’re all children and hope for the day that we finally grow up.