Monday, March 10, 2008
Sex Scandal: New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Admits Prostitution Use
The irony: Spitzer, who presented himself as a poster boy for battling corruption, and was once touted as a possible vice-presidential candidate for Wesley Clark, now may be remembered as "#9" in an indictment for prostitution. When he was inaugurated, Spitzer said "Some public officials may not want to face stricter ethics rules..."
Here's a copy of the official document, which includes statements that Client #9 may ask a prostitute for sexual favors not normally deemed "safe."
New York state government right now is at a halt, with confusion reigning. No one quite knows who's in charge or for how long. Whether or not David Patterson has taken the oath of office, or if official papers are being circulated, is a mystery.
A major question: why did Spitzer not make a clean break with a resignation and then a statement? No one yet knows, but the fallout is only beginning.
Still coming: effects on tomorrow's Mississippi primary. With Barack Obama and HIllary Clinton duking it out, the ripple effect of a liberal governor who campaigned on a platform of change is yet to be seen.
This just in: New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is preparing a press conference today on his links to a prostitution ring. Update: Spitzer, once hailed as the "future of the Democratic party" by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, is expected to resign today.
The New York Democrat may say he's linked to an international online prostitution ring. Seven people have been charged in the "Emperor's Club" ring.
Spitzer has also been under fire over a multi-million dollar loan given to him by his father, Bernard Spitzer, during his 1998 campaign for state Attorney General. The loan may have circumvented campaign contribution regulations.
Switzer is married and has three children, and has presented himself as a family man who is tough on crime.