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Governor Spitzer Linked To Prostitution Ring (Or The Governor Who Almost Was But Now Is Just a Jerk Off)

Breaking — When I heard the news about forty-five minutes ago, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Governor Spitzer, New York’s great hope of reforming politics as usual in Albany, has been linked to a high-priced prostitution ring. 

For those of you who are not from New York,images2.jpg Governor Spitzer had an almost mythic status as the State’s top reformer.  He was a New York County Assistant District Attorney, where he fought organized crime, most notably bringing down the Gambino family’s control of Manhattan’s trucking and garment industry. After that, he did a stint with some big white shoe law firms, like Skadden, before winning the State’s top legal job as Attorney General.  He revolutionized the office to prosecute a whole array of cases that his predecessors generally avoided, from securities fraud to large scale price fixing schemes. As Attorney General, Spitzer had his detractors, particularly from federal agencies and federal prosecutors who believed they were the only ones worthy enough to prosecute serious cases.

It seemed too good to be true, but Spitzer was viewed by many as above “politics.”  That is why so many New Yorkers were excited when he became Governor.  New Yorkers believed he would bring about change to Albany and get things done in the same way as he did as Attorney General.  Most people didn’t see him as a politician (such as the current Attorney General, Mr. Cuomo), but as a reformer resolute on cleaning things up the right way.  To be sure, his stint as governor has had some bumps, from ordering an embarrassing surveillance of a political rival to some public political disagreements.  

Many New Yorkers looked past these apparent isolated misjudgments as simply a governor who was still getting his feet wet.  New Yorkers had true hope that the tide would turn his way and he would get his bearings just like he did as Attorney General.  For New Yorkers, giving someone a break is rare.  Giving someone a break in politics?  Unheard of.  But for Eliot Spitzer, they did. Too bad hindsight can be such a bitch.

As the circumstances unravel, it seems more and more clear that Spitzer’s prior isolated misjudgments were in fact a pattern revealing to all a serious character flaw that makes him no longer fit to keep the State’s top job. It sickens me that he has put the wool over most of our eyes.  Ironically, Spitzer had prosecuted prostitution rings a few years ago in Staten Island.  He spoke with such contempt against the rings. It was all an act.

Federal prosecutors ordered the arrest of at least four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation.  Spitzer is one of the men identified as a client in court papers, and is the subject of a federal wiretap investigation.  Indeed, as Spitzer very well knows, it is hard to contest what you yourself are saying. And for anyone who knows the Feds, if you’re the subject of a wiretap investigation, well, you are screwed.

It is thus not surprising that Spitzer has admitted to wrongdoing, calling his actions a “violat[ion]” of his “obligation to [his] family” and his “sense of right or wrong.” He also urges that this is a “private matter.”

It’s more than that Spitzer.  You violated the public trust.  You violated everyone whose ever worked for you. You violated the Offices you worked for in the past.  You violated all the good work you’ve done. You threw it all away.

Now it’s time to hand in your resignation Spitzer, and to get the hell out of New York. 

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5 responses to “Governor Spitzer Linked To Prostitution Ring (Or The Governor Who Almost Was But Now Is Just a Jerk Off)

  1. Maybe I am jaded but this type of behavior from politicians no longer shocks me. What I find inexplicable is the wife is always there by the disgraced politician’s side. I would hold my own press conference announcing my intention to file for divorce.

  2. John,

    I couldn’t agree with you more. From Spitzer to Clinton . . .

    But, in the end, Spitzer’s wife will be laughing all the way to the bank. . .

    Newsmonkey,

    Thanks for the link. However, the only “sheep” were us stupid voters that voted for Spitzer in the first place.

    Thanks for visiting.

    Mr. Cheeseburger 9000

  3. Diane

    Personally, I would suspect that the vast majority of politicians are either having affairs or seeing prostitutes. I suspect this is just part of the psychology of most men in positions of power of any kind. (See this New York Magazine article, for example.) To me the only question is how and why Spitzer got caught. I can’t help but wonder if part of the answer to that question might be revenge from someone on Wall Street.

  4. Dear Diane,

    You are absolutely right to raise questions about why Spitzer was investigated for prostitution by the U.S. Justice Department. It’s extremely rare for federal prosecutors to “deal” with a case like this. The personnel hours for surveillance. The amount of unnecessary details about Client 9 in the affidavit (as opposed to the other Clients) to establish probable cause. Conspiracy theorists unite!

    But the issue sheds light on the balancing act prosecutors face. Prosecutors have a job to enforce the law but also a level of discretion in deciding who to prosecute. Of course, it’s that discretion which prosecutors have (almost unique to the U.S.) that will normally have citizens pointing fingers at an unsavory political prosecution. It can certainly be a no-win situation.

    In the end, prosecutors can “hide” behind the law. Meaning: look, he committed a federal crime and we can prove it. . . The political considerations? Well, that doesn’t go to probable cause or the lawfulness of the evidence. But, if it goes to a jury, a jury can nullify the verdict despite the proof (by conciously disregarding the judge’s instructions). However, given Spitzer’s position and status, I don’t think a jury would sympathize with him for being brought to trial.

    And that relates to something else with federal prosecutors. Their “discretion” is somewhat constrained by federal sentencing guidelines . . . an often times dizzying system of points and levels which categorize a defendant’s eligibility for a particular sentence. And, add to that a wiretap investigation with seemingly solid proof, and Spitzer’s headaches will only gather more moss. Put those two together and you can see why Spitzer’s attorney is crapping bricks. Fed prosecutors don’t just shoot to kill. Fed prosecutors shoot to obliterate. That’s why so much effort is made by defense attorneys before an indictment (who knows, they may be going for that as I write this) in fed cases to strike some sort of deal. Once the indictment comes, jeez, you either bite the bullet or take your chances at a trial that you will likely lose.

    And, as for your comment about men having affairs, I unfortunately don’t think it’s limited to men who are in positions of power. Fidelity often times is treated like the flavor of the week. Who knows what will happen next.

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Cheeseburger 9000

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