- Check out NY Post columnist Fredric U. Dicker today as he reports exclusively on possible subpoenas for former governors George Pataki and Eliot Spitzer with regard to AG Andrew Cuomo's investigation of the State Police. As you may know, Dicker led the Post's virulent campaign against Spitzer during his brief reign, badgering him extensively - and loudly - on the Troopergate affair. Dicker writes that the "explosive questions" that may be posed during the investigation will relate to whether the State Police knew of Spitzer's affinity for prostitutes, and whether they used it to blackmail the governor in any way; or, on the other hand, if they may have assisted him in his indiscretions.
But Dicker also asserts that one of the questions that will be investigated is this:
Was blackmail behind Spitzer's seemingly inexplicable flip-flop last fall, when he went from adamantly opposing the New York Racing Association's continuing operation of thoroughbred racing in the state to full-fledged support?My knee jerk reaction to this is to just scoff, especially given the distortions and half (or less) truths that rivals such as Capital Play and Empire aimed at NYRA throughout the franchise process. Spitzer's "flip-flop," as Dicker calls it, is quite easily explainable given NYRA's land claim and its demonstrable record in maintaining the top racing program in the country, combined with the incompetence, arrogance, and lack of relevant experience of its rivals, as well as with Spitzer's own lack of interest in and attention to the subject.
Lobbyists associated with NYRA's rivals have claimed in recent days that someone close to the association learned of Spitzer's involvement with prostitutes and used it to pressure him. [NY Post]
But on the other hand, given what we now know, I suppose it would be foolish to dismiss out of hand any suspicions lobbied at the erstwhile client nine. So, as unlikely as this scenario seems to me, we'll have to wait and see.