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Spitzer Scandal

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Well, at one point, he was considered Presidential material. Right now, he’s wondering whether he can keep his family together, his governorship and any semblance of a political career. Ouch!

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who gained national prominence relentlessly pursuing Wall Street wrongdoing, 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.

Mr. Spitzer, a first term Democrat, today made a brief public appearance during which he apologized for his behavior, and described it as a “private matter.” 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.”

Before speaking, Mr. Spitzer stood with his arm around his wife; the two nodded and then strode forward together to face more than 100 reporters. Both had glassy, tear-filled eyes, but they did not cry.

I can’t imagine how you would explain something like this to one’s wife or how the wife can walk on to that podium for the press conference. We’ve seen this before with McGreevey and I couldn’t understand it.

For this to happen to Spitzer is just shocking. Of all the stupid thing he could do to break people’s confidence in him, this has to be among the stupidest.

There may be more information, although I haven’t verified it. It appears he paid $4300 to a call girl named Kristin. It also seems that as Attorney General he pursued prostitution rings. If he’s going to have a mid-life crisis, couldn’t he just buy a red Porsche instead of doing this? A mistress would not have destroyed him, but a call girl would…and probably has.

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