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Our illustrious NY Governer. What a bone head.

By AMY WESTFELDT

NEW YORK - Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the crusading politician who built his career on rooting out corruption, apologized Monday after he was accused of involvement in a prostitution ring. He did not elaborate on the scandal, which drew calls for his resignation.
His stoic wife at his side, Spitzer told reporters at a hastily called news conference: "I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family."
"I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself," he said. "I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family."
Spitzer's involvement in the ring was caught on a federal wiretap as part of an investigation opened in recent months, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry.
The New York Democrat, identified in legal papers as "Client 9," met last month with at least one woman in a Washington hotel, the law enforcement official said.
The prostitution ring, identified in court papers as the Emperors Club VIP, arranged connections between wealthy men and more than 50 prostitutes in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, London and Paris, prosecutors said. Four people allegedly connected to the high-end ring were arrested last week.
The club's Web site displays photographs of scantily clad women with their faces hidden. It also shows hourly rates depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest. The most highly ranked prostitutes cost $5,500 an hour, prosecutors said.
The scandal was first reported on The New York Times' Web site.
Spitzer spoke hours later. Stunned lawmakers gathered around televisions at the state Capitol in Albany to watch, and a media mob gathered outside the office of Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who would become governor if Spitzer was to resign. It took opponents only minutes to call for his resignation.
"Today's news that Eliot Spitzer was likely involved with a prostitution ring and his refusal to deny it leads to one inescapable conclusion: He has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York," said Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco. "He should resign his office immediately."
Spitzer, 48, built his political reputation on rooting out corruption, including several headline-making battles with Wall Street while serving as attorney general. He stormed into the governor's office in 2006 with a historic share of the vote, vowing to continue his no-nonsense approach to fixing one of the nation's worst governments.
Time magazine had named him "Crusader of the Year" when he was attorney general and the tabloids proclaimed him "Eliot Ness."
But his term as governor has been marred by problems, including an unpopular plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and a plot by his aides to smear Spitzer's main Republican nemesis.
Spitzer had been expected to testify to the state Public Integrity Commission he had created to answer for his role in the scandal, in which his aides were accused of misusing state police to compile travel records to embarrass Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno.
Spitzer had served two terms as attorney general where he pursued criminal and civil cases and cracked down on misconduct and conflicts of interests on Wall Street and in corporate America. He had previously been a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, handling organized crime and white-collar crime cases.
His cases as state attorney general included a few criminal prosecutions of prostitution rings and into tourism involving prostitutes. In 2004, he was part of an investigation of an escort service in New York City that resulted in the arrest of 18 people on charges of promoting prostitution and related charges.
 

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I'm saddened. I was a big fan of him as a prosecutor, don't know much about his performance as a governor, but he has screwed things up royally.For the Republicans among you, this is an example of a Democrat caught in hypocrisy, a la all the Republican sex scandals. I think Spitzer needs to resign, not because he hired a prostitute, but because he got where he is by proclaiming such behavior as corrupt in others. If you are going to condemn some people for certain behavior, you need to lead by example, and not be guilty of the same behavior.
 

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If I was any good with photo shop I'd take this pic, change it from a 2 to a 9, and put it on his lapel in the silly face photo from before today's useless news conference.
 

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I guess since the republicans have been in power in Washington for so long now it's very easy to find a hooker. Even for a Democrat.:p
 

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Check the dates. He had the hooker on Feb 13, then testified before Congress on the 14th - Valentine's Day. :lol: (no, the testimony had nothing to do with sex)
In a wiretapped conversation after the encounter, the prostitute, Kristen, called her booker to inform her that the session had gone well, and that she did not find the client “difficult,” as other prostitutes apparently had, according to the affidavit.

The booker responds that he, in an apparent reference to Client 9, sometimes asks the women “to do things that, like, you might not think were safe.”
Woohoo!
 

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I'm saddened. I was a big fan of him as a prosecutor, don't know much about his performance as a governor, but he has screwed things up royally.For the Republicans among you, this is an example of a Democrat caught in hypocrisy, a la all the Republican sex scandals. I think Spitzer needs to resign, not because he hired a prostitute, but because he got where he is by proclaiming such behavior as corrupt in others. If you are going to condemn some people for certain behavior, you need to lead by example, and not be guilty of the same behavior.
Hypocrisy is nonpartisan. I agree it's sad because no matter which party is involved, the other side tries to spin it. They should all take issue with it and move on with another reminder of the scope of their responsibilities.
 

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I don't understand why he's paying to get some coochie? If I was governor, I would have super hot chicks left and right. And not pay a dime. This dude must be a gump or something!
 

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The stupid this is that many of the electronic surveilance techniques used to catch Spitzer are the same ones he promoted while AG.:crazy:

I guess he will try to use the Wade Boggs defense.:)
 

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Well Spitzer will be out on Monday and NYS will have the first blind black governor in the US. :salute:
 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/13/nyregion/13kristen.html
She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer. Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York...

Born Ashley Youmans but now known as Ashley Alexandra Dupré, she spoke softly and with good humor as she added with significant understatement: “This has been a very difficult time. It is complicated.”
The Times posted a link to her MySpace page in the article, reading some of the new comments is kinda funny - and sad.
 
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