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Monday, March 10, 2008

Report: Spitzer To Resign

- From WABC-TV in New York:

Sources tell Eyewitness News that Governor Eliot Spitzer is going to resign, after being linked to a prostitution ring in a published report.

Eyewitness News is told Spitzer will make an announcement Monday afternoon.
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Spitzer officials wouldn't immediately comment on the story. Spitzer, 48, is married and has three daughters.
But he did not do so at his press conference, at which he appeared with his wife.

UPDATE: Here's the text of his statement, via The Daily Politics blog:
"For the past nine years, eight years as attorney general and one as governor I have tried to uphold a vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunity for all. We sought to bring real change to New York and that will continue."


"Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted ina way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right and wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public whom I promised better.

I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas and the public good and doing what is best for the state of New York. But 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.

I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order."
I believe he'll be reporting back to us with his resignation.

UPDATE: Spitzer statement:

25 Comments:

Michael said...

Spitzer said nothing -- he apologized to his family and the public, he said he does not believe politics in the long run is about individuals. He said he must dedicate time to regaining the trust of his family. He did not take questions. He did not resign. He said he will report back in short order

alan said...

Michael - Thanks for the report.

He's outta here, no question about it in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

And at this moment, and for days to come, Joe Bruno, along with many others, is saying, "Yes, there is a God!" /S/Green Mtn Punter

jk said...

On day 1, everything changes!

Brett said...

Ha1

Anonymous said...

Does Big Joe take over as Governor?

Think I read somewhere once that Lt Governor is meaningless, no power even if Governor passes. If right, who gets the big chair?

Real pissa if Bruno gets it, I tell ya.

Anonymous said...

The Super Delegate thing is a nice twist, assume he is committed to Hillary?

alan said...

>>The Super Delegate thing is a nice twist, assume he is committed to Hillary?

Indeed he is.

>>Real pissa if Bruno gets it, I tell ya.

Picture that! But then what happens if he's indicted?

Michael said...

He went on The Colbert Report a few weeks ago and said he was a Hillary superdelegate. But I understand it that if a superdelgate dies they are not replaced...wonder how resignation works.

And is it the man or the office that gets the vote? Stupid superdelgates.

jk said...

Fox News says Patterson to be sworn in at 7pm.

Superfecta said...

While I voted for Spitzer, I cannot say I've been very pleased with him and am not terribly sorry to see him go after all the nonsense with NYRA and the rest. It will make a great episode of Law & Order, though.

Michael said...

CNN is reporting that her name was Kristy and that she is an "American," petite, 5'5'', 105 lbs, brunette...

Prostitutes crossing state lines is bad, bad news.

Anonymous said...

Spitzer has called former N.J Governor for advice.

Anonymous said...

5500 per hour!!!

From a racing perspective, since the NYRA deal is not signed sealed and deliverd, any whay this impacts our beloved pastime?

Alan, you may want to place some separation between those two photos of couples ;o)

alan said...

>>5500 per hour!!!

Plus the hotel room and the cost of transporting her from NY to Washington.


>>Alan, you may want to place some separation between those two photos of couples ;o)

I know...a post entitled "The Happy Couple" was not an appropriate venue for this discussion!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the Aussies of Capital Play are kicking themselves - "damn it, we should've sent 'Tiffany' to Eliot and we would've had the franchise!"

Can't he just "get some" from a cute lobbyist?

Tell me he didn't pull a Charlie Sheen and paid for it via check. And to think I though that exec from St. Louis the lap dunce at Scores was a moron.

Anonymous said...

"Smoking gun" has the report.

Anonymous said...

...Kennedy, Clinton, Bruno - to name a few. Let him stay.

case said...

Why does the wife attend the presser? Is this a rule in the "Guilty Politico Whoring Manifiesto" written by David Vitter?

Mrs. McGreevey looked like she would rather be at the gates of Hell rather than at the podium during the "Gay American" speech. Same with Mrs. Spitzer.

maxwellsmart said...

If Spitzer resigns maybe he can come over here to work with Alan on his hunch bets

alan said...

>>Why does the wife attend the presser? Is this a rule in the "Guilty Politico Whoring Manifiesto" written by David Vitter?

I think it's in her job description. "Stand by your man, even if he doesn't stand by you." Though I don't recall seeing Hillary when Bill was telling us that he never had sexual relations with that woman.

>>...Kennedy, Clinton, Bruno - to name a few. Let him stay.

If he hadn't built his reputation and based his campaign on ethics, then maybe so..

Anonymous said...

NYRA's hero!
Spitz already signed the law - in secret no less, but based on his judgement, maybe we should take another look?

As for Bruno -- Strip clubs are legal, prostitution is not.

IF Bruno was going to get indicted why has it taken over a year, but Spitzer's illegal activities come out less than a month after the criminal act -- the night before valentine's day, BTW.

So if they can dog "client 9" this quick, they must have problems with Bruno's case.

jk said...

Does Spitzer get a refund on his balance with the escort service?

Anonymous said...

NYRA has no deal to emerge from bankruptcy without the state settlment agreement which has not yet been negotiated. Look for Spitzer/Duncker ties to be strained by this situation. How about Spitzer's night with the prostitute service on tape being the same night that racing legislation was signed by the Governor. My guess; look for a re-bid and further investigation into Spitzer's support for a notorius (NYRA) organization.

Anonymous said...

"As for Bruno -- Strip clubs are legal, prostitution is not."

Were you there at the same time as Bruno?