Everybody’s talking about it… And 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…