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Monday, March 10, 2008

Say It Ain't So, Eliot

Why, why did it have to be the Democratic Governor of New York? We've suffered for so long under the Republics, who have allowed corruption to reign supreme in Albany, and who have all but bankrupted our treasury. Now what are we going to do?

The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Eliot Spitzer has told senior advisers that he had been involved in a prostitution ring.

On its Web site, the newspaper cites an anonymous administration official as the source and says Spitzer was meeting with his top aides. The 48-year-old New York governor, and former state attorney general, is married and has three daughters.

The New York Sun reports that Spitzer is suspected to be connected to a prostitution ring that charges up to $5,500 per hour. Earlier Friday, the Sun reported suggestions that a public official was suspected of having hired one of the expensive call girls.

I'm so upset about this. The guy was a great Attorney General in New York, and I had such high hopes for him as Governor.

I just don't know what's going to happen now, but I doubt Mr. Incorruptible can survive this scandal. Perhaps Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, who seems like a committed progressive, will take over.

As some would say on Eschaton, fuckety fuck fuck.


Timmy B said...

Oh my! What a nightmare. While this is definitely a huge embarressment, I'm not sure it's fatal. The headlines are deceptive, it makes it seem as if he is part of the ring, not just a client. Stupid, yes. Human mistake, yes. He's too valuable of a politician to kick him to the curb. I think he'll survive, just a big ? about his political future.

madamab said...

Sigh. I know he was just a client, but he has the reputation of an incorruptible guy. This is very sad for New York, and for the party - I saw a national future for him eventually...

Timmy B said...

In one of your previous posts not that long ago we discussed his maybe being on the VP short list. I'm afraid that's a notta hoppen. Maybe after the black cloud lifts he could try for US Congress. I think most people are pretty tolerant about this. Good for a laugh, then put him to work. He's too good to go to waste.

Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

Somebody'd be THAT careless, ya gotta figger he's gotta BEEG self-destructive streak...

No tears here. Waddafuukinmaroon!

madamab said...

I agree with you, Woody. Why didn't he keep it in his pants, when he knew how determined the Republics were to bring him down at any cost?

But you don't live in NY - you don't know how good he was for the city and the state. His actions backed up his reputation, which is rare in politics. People were actually talking about a presidential run at some point, as Timmy B pointed out.

No more, because he just couldn't resist the lure of paid sex.