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Eliot Spitzer Resigns

Governor Eliot Spitzer Resigns!

In an announcement moments ago in New York City, Eliot Spitzer resigned saying, "In the past few days I've begun to atone for my private failings," adding, "from those to who much is given, much is expected." He continued, "I sincerely apologize . . . I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the public's work," concluding, "I am resigning the office of governor . . . effective Monday, March 17. . . thank the public once again for the privilege of service."

In the two days since the story of Spitzer's connection to a prostitution ring broke, details have emerged that suggest, according to law enforcement officials, that Spitzer had spent tens of thousands of dollars on the call-girl service Emperors Club VIP, some putting the figure as high as $80,000.

David Paterson, New York's Lieutenant Governor, will take over. He is legally blind and will be New York State's first African-American governor. When asked for lessons these characteristics had taught him, Paterson replied, "You never get to any level of leadership where your race is not a factor. You don't want to be the first; you want to be the first of many."

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askfrasco askfrasco 9 years
Rattenfreund Rattenfreund 9 years
"I agree with you Marcella, why is it that dems seem to get caught more often?" They don't. Remember Ken Foley, Philip Giordano, Neal Horsley, Bob Packwood, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Bob Allen, Glen Murphey.... Just to name a few. In fact, Bob Allen and Larry Craig were caught soliciting undercover police officers in public restrooms. They thought they were soliciting male prostitutes. So gosh - why didn't the GOP demand that they step down immediately or be impeached? Why did we not get news coverage on all the channels of Mrs. Craig's humiliation?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
bokc - all the wiretaps republicans have on them :)
bokc bokc 9 years
I agree with you Marcella, why is it that dems seem to get caught more often?
sofi sofi 9 years
Unfortunately, politicians can't expect much to be kept private-regardless of breaking laws or whatever. Same thing with celebrities. I do think some things should be off-limits to the public, but if you get into politics or celebrity spotlight these days, you should honestly realize you are going to scrutinized. In his case, he was known for being a hard-a$$ Attorney General, so he should be held to the very same standards that he expected of others.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I do see where you're coming from with personal lives of politicians staying personal, though.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
You're right, he did break a law. Plus, with the hypocritical humiliation, I could see why he would want to resign. That's a lot of heat.
sofi sofi 9 years
He broke laws here and this is no longer private. He is such a hypocrite- he has busted prostitution rings in NY before and was still stupid enough to let him self fall like this. He knows all about monitoring banks and suspicious transfers and transactions BUT he still put up red flags with his transfers/withdrawals form various accounts so he could get the cash to pay for these hookers.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Glowingmoon, I would be with you if he had a "regular" affair, but since he broke a pretty serious law (not as serious as murder obviously, but not something like getting a speeding ticket), I don't think he's fit to hold public office.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I'm in the minority here. Basically, I view this as a private issue in his personal life. Why does he have to resign his job over this? Many people have affairs, and they don't have to resign their jobs because of it. :? Personally, I don't approve of what he did, but I separate between personal life and professional life.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I just can't believe he brought in a girl from Staten Island!! Hey, we have pretty prostitutes here in DC, ya know! j/k, I'm glad he got busted. I do feel bad for his wife and family, but I think he did the right thing by resigning.
sofi sofi 9 years
So glad he resigned. Total hypocrisy. I feel for his wife and three daughters. How do you face three teenagers after all of that? I'd need therapy after that one just to start believing again that men who you put faith in and commit to can actually be faithful and truthful back!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Another dirty dog bites the dust.
Naidean7 Naidean7 9 years
For 83$ a minute.. as ive heard, the cars better be washed and waxed, the lawn better be mowed, i want my house clean and i want dinner on the table! :P All politicians are scum regardless of party. They all lie at some point or another and all use manipulation to get what they want from the public.
shmoo15 shmoo15 9 years
I can't figure out WHY Spitzer did this. Anyone have a guess? Blinded by the power? ************************** Hey Liberty, he's a politician. Is there really a reason to ask?
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
He did it because he thought he was going to get away with it... From what Ive heard about him, he was an egomaniac with a holier than thou attitude. I understand that his wife is going through the motions... but wouldnt it be amazing if just ONCE you saw some sleazy politicians clothes being thrown out of a window????
mswender mswender 9 years
His term in office has been so riddled with conflict. Nothing was really going to get accomplished with him in office. It does not matter that he didn't kill somebody, he broke the law. a very clear law. As someone who lives in New York I wouldn't be happy if he didn't resign. I think his wife is just going through the motions right now. I hope she divorces him soon. 80,000 dollars!!!
erthed erthed 9 years
If my husband did that to me and "our" life in such a public eye, I would feel no allegiance to stand by his side during this time. I wasn't his wife, I was his facade.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I think he did it for the same reason Hollywood stars fall apart. They have so much, so fast and so soon, they lose track of who their real friends are, if any, and nothing is meaningful anymore. So they indulge in unhealthy or illegal things to find their next high, or even a purpose in life.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Nya, you are not the only one. He DOES look evil. I thought that the first time I saw his face. Something about the eyes, and the shape of his head. Like two horns would fit perfectly just above his temples.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Ah, okay...I didn't realize all the Democrat comments were coming from the same person. There are a lot of men in power who do things that don't make sense. They get the power, the attention, and it goes to their heads I guess. I'm sure there are plenty of psychological reasons for their behavior. Combined with their positions of power, it probably gets more out of hand for them than the average person. Lucky them getting to work through their issues in the spotlight!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Liberty it says that the girl was told he would do things to her that seemed"dangerous" meaning that he has a kinky side clearly and maybe his wife wasn't into that, but money and power also play into this. My mom always says when a man gets rich or powerful it's over, money is an aphrodisiac.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
How can his wife stand beside him? What a pig for humiliating his wife and kids.
slm21bl slm21bl 9 years
I will be honest I haven't followed the story and this is the first I've read about it. One question: did he use public money to pay for this? If not, then who cares. Yes I know prostitution is illegal but he didn't kill anyone.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I do love seeing hypocrisy get taken down. Liberty--my guess would be weakness combined with "blinded by the power," like you said--he probably just thought he would never get caught. Oh, man. Don't set yourself up as a crusader for the law, then get caught red-handed doing something like this! :ROTFL:
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