Breaking: Gov. Spitzer expected to resign; African American to become NY Gov

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New York Lt. Gov. David Paterson

 

Hat Tip: MSNBC

NEW YORK – New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer told senior members of his administration that he was involved in a prostitution ring.

The governor met with his senior aides earlier Monday afternoon after cancelling scheduled events for Monday. The governor may be linked to the prostitution ring through cell phone records, sources told WNBC.com.

Spitzer is expected to make an announcement Monday afternoon.

Spitzer, 48, is married and has three daughters.

Last week, federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed conspiracy charges against four people accusing them of running a prostitution ring that charged wealthy clients in Europe and the U.S. thousands of dollars for prostitutes.

The Web site of the Emperors Club VIP displays photographs of the prostitutes’ bodies, with their faces hidden, along with 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.

Spitzer has built his political legacy 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 stint as governor has been marred by several 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 are accused of misusing state police to compile travel records to embarrass Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno.

ADDENDUM: The Governor made a statement a few moments ago in which he did not utter the magic words. “I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better.”

“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.”

Before the night is over, New York State might have an African American Governor. Fox News is reporting that the Governor will submit his resignation to the New York State Assembly tonight.

 

28 thoughts on “Breaking: Gov. Spitzer expected to resign; African American to become NY Gov

  1. OK so who is the black guy – I am from Dallas so excuse my lack of knowledge on the Yankees.

    Secondly – anyway we can tie any of this mess to HRC….I know, I know that is ugly….BUT??? LOL

    Finally was this guy a supporter of SBO or HRC?

  2. Lt. Patterson is also blind. I’ve seen him speak before. A truly smart and inspiring man. I thought he would have big shoes to fill if something ever happened to Spitzer. Now, those shoes are easy to fill.

  3. Rick

    Secondly – anyway we can tie any of this mess to HRC….I know, I know that is ugly….BUT??? LOL
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    Damn I hope Obama’s people are reading this.

    I mentioned this last week. The short version: If I were Obama, I would make CHARACTER a central theme of my campaign from here to Denver. I would make a direct (but subtle) connection between low/no character of the Clinton Administration (sex scandal) and the Kenneth Starr investigations, the calls for impeachment, how Clinton was hamstrung from hitting back harder against Al Queda because republicans thought he diverting attention away from his sex problems.

    Obama should make the case that GIVEN how Hillary has run her campaign (No morals, no character), the American people will get caught up with 4 more years of misery (because of past/future scandals) and embarrasment, and ultimately nothing would get done. Obama wouldn’t need to mention sex at all. He could keep it PG rated. The american people are smart and could connect the dots to Bill.

    I am totally disgusted by this sex scandal.

    I bet that I am not the only American in this country totally disgusted by politicans with an inability to keep their zippers up and/or who are otherwise corrupt.

    I take Obama to be a decent and honest man and do the compare/contrast thing with Hillary. If he were to ever do so, NOW is the time to do it.

  4. Rick

    No problem, Skeptical Brotha.

    I admit I was shocked when the story broke. This was the guy that chased down the bad guys, and who also promised us a clean administration.

    Since Spitzer was a national figure, I’m real curious to see if this sends “shockwaves” beyond New York (i.e., will this have an adverse impact on the Democratic party more generally? Will republicans make this an issue nationally?

    Remember, it’s an election year. As we’ve seen…Anything goes!

  5. Andrea

    This pains me terribly seeing that no matter his skin-tone or ethnicity, he betrayed his daughters. Not that I discount the broken sacrement of honor in marriage, I can only imagine what I would be feeling like as a young girl seeing my hypocrital father doing this to my mother and my sisters. If he impressed the ideologies of high virtues in his daughter of what is expected of honorable character, these girls can be terminally disillusioned. Children are children no matter there color. They hurt and their innocent can be stripped and destroyed to only ferment into destructive, psychological sentiments.

    I just know how it feels to remember the innocence I and my cousins and friends have in believing in those who we looked up to (John Lewis). Adults are more realistic but children can be scarred forever when natural growth is thwarted by parental wrecklessness. Some selfish parents and leaders never realize what leadership means in mattering behind closed doors and in secret.

    This really hurts and I never cared about him. I care about the pain of children finding out they have dishonorable parents.

    All of this ties together with my gripe about Black Leadership. The cavalier ego dismisses the future of the young.

  6. Denise

    I have friends in the NYC area who had only good things to say about Mr. Patterson when his name surfaced as Lt. Gov. I believe his dad is/was (?) active in politics at the state or muni level.

    Mr. Patterson is a welcome addition to the ranks of state executives. I’m sure he’ll respect his place in history. Congrats!

    (p.s. I expect the sitting Democratic Governor and Lt. Gov to support Senator Clinlton. Nothing unusual there.

  7. I’m not a wimp, but WTF is he doing resigning? This is NY, not Alabama, and he’s a Democrat for frigging sakes. Outside of his wife and daughters, why the hell would he resign?

  8. Andrea,

    I am feeling you, and I believe it’s totally a personal matter. I’m just not seeing this resignation stuff; of course, I’m from the state where our Governors can be indicted and still not step down, so maybe that colors my thinking.

  9. In all honesty, Spitzer delivered on his campaign promises.

    He isn’t the first politico who got caught getting his swerve on with someone other than his wife.

    I’m just surprised he had to PAY FOR IT. Those prices were down payments on a 2009 _______(fill in the blank).

    And we excused Clinton when he did this shyt and he didn’t pay for it, either. So why is Spitzer getting run out of office.

    The worse sex scandal was Jim McGreevey picking up gay sex partners at rest stops in New Jersey, while he was sitting in the Governor’s mansion and married to his second wife – before he came out of the closet.

    Follow up that one with Mark Foley trolling for underage male pages (and he didn’t do jail time for that, either) – while Denny Hastert covered for him during his trolling.

    And, remember, Senator David “diaperman” Vitter (aka “Vitter the Shitter)? He got caught with hookers, too, and as far as I know, he’s still sitting in the U. S. Senate and still “shyitting” in his diapers.

    Then you have Larry “wide stance” Craig, and God knows who else.

    But Spitzer gets run out of office. Someone needs to address the double standards between when a ReThug gets caught in a sex scandal (a free pass from the media) while a Democrat gets vilified….

    So a brotha gets to be Governor of New York. That would have some meat on it, but it’s diminished because support for the Borg Queen means support for her scorched earth tactics. Brotha better think – next time, HE could be the one running for POTUS and she might sling him under the bus just like she’s done with Obama.

    THERE! I manages to tie this to Shrillary’s racist campaign…😉

  10. I apologize for those of you who say Spitzer should resign. I’ve watched the political shows and see how it’s seen in NY. Yeah, he’s toast. Too bad. He has no friends coming to defend him.

  11. I think the Political Junkie has some good points.

    But one of the reasons why this scandal has such legs (hairy ones, of course) is the fact that Spitzer was such a crusader. Maybe this analogy is going too far but to make a point I’ll try it: Imagine the Pope getting arrested in Rome at 3:00 a.m. after being “serviced” by a prostitute.

    Sure, it can be argued its a “private” matter. But, damn, it shocks the conscience. In many ways, the Clinton thing didn’t shock too many people. Spitzer’s incident did.

  12. Rick

    “I’ve watched the political shows and see how it’s seen in NY…He has no friends coming to defend him.” — Rikyrah

    re: Bad Cop
    I like Mr. Cheeseburger 9000’s analogy using the Pope. Here’s another: Spitzer was that proverbial cop that shook down gangstas. And now that cop is about to be taken down because HE has placed himself in a very compromising position in relation to his enemies who don’t mind taking him out like in a scene from “the Departed.”

    Now from a distance, when you are a good cop and see another GOOD cop in that same situation surrounded by gangstas, you grab your partner and say, “let’s handle this” and both of you come out blazin and let *ish fall where it may. That is the right thing to do in that situation. That’s what men of honor do.

    But when you are a good cop, but this time see a CORRUPT cop in that same situation from, you grab your partner cop’s arm — who’s itching to rush to the scene (but who doesn’t know the street scene) — and you say: “you know what, I think we need to walk away.” You grab him tight if you have to. Innocent blood isn’t worth being spilled when chickens come home to roost.

    The democrats watching this would be very damn smart to walk the hell away from this one.

    Because the folks who have beef with Spitzer ARE going to not just willing to take him under the bus. In the words of Wu-Tang, they are willing to “steamroll and NI* like an 18 wheeler with a drunk driver driving. There’s no survivin.”

    You pick your battles. This one is not worth fighting for, nor being taken down under with. You let one bad cop go down and it’s an isolated incident. The whole police force doesn’t need to get implicated by association. Again, the democrats understand this. This is why there’s no calvary coming to the rescue…

  13. Rick,

    I also understand that the Democrats are thisclose to taking back total control of all of the state government in NY. And, they cannot afford to have Spitzer as the effective Head of the Democratic Party in NY. So, under the bus he goes.

  14. Denise

    Two questions:

    1. Can Spitzer ultimately get disbarred for his involvement? I suspect he can.

    2. Seriously,y’all… what the hell type of sex acts is one woman performing to the tune of $5K a session.

    This inquiring mind wants to know WTF is goin’ on!

  15. Spitzer, Kilpatrick, Craig, Vitter, McGrevy….. the list goes on. Why can’t these men do what’s right and if they want something else divorce their wives? I didn’t think this blog was going to be fair with the Spitzer/Kilpatrick thing but bravo for saying both should resign. As a metro-Detroiter this city is sick of him. I was a Hendrix supporter but I actually like Kilpatrick in his second term until this mess. No Kwame, you can use $9 million in taxpayer funds as your hush money. I’m hoping Shelia McCrockel takes over.

  16. Rikyrah:

    Ferrarro’s lucky to be a woman, cause she sho took down the Mondale ticket back in ’84.

    Reagan won re-election without even breaking wind. Thanks to Ferrarro being on Mondale’s ticket. If they had gone with Ted Kennedy or even Gary Hart, the Democrats would have made Reagan a one term POTUS.

    She can kiss my lucky Black ass, too. I know that doesn’t sound very Christian, but I can’t take the high road on that one.

  17. Rick

    Rikyrah/TPJ

    I just read more about Ferrarro’s comments.
    It seems like we can’t go a day without being insulted. co-sign on your replies. but, i’ve already used my allotted quota of cuss words for the week between spitzer and something else i said on here in reference to the Clintons just the other day (re: the VP thingy). lol

    i tell ya, politics these days really makes you want to put your Bible down and lay hands on someone (in Jesus’ name of course).

  18. 2. Seriously,y’all… what the hell type of sex acts is one woman performing to the tune of $5K a session.

    This inquiring mind wants to know WTF is goin’ on!

    Hand raised and waiving in the air…me too…me too..

    The men on this board will have to explain it to women like Denise and me – what the heck could she do for 5k.

    And, I’ll ask this…

    The man was GOVERNOR.

    I know that Political Groupies aren’t as attractive as Sports Groupies, but come on.

    I need to understand why a man, with power and influence, believes he has to PAY – 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS – for an evening with a woman.

    I’m very confused and can’t wrap my mind around it. At all.

    Makes no damn sense.

  19. Denise

    One final observation: political forces didn’t skip a beat to take down this rich white guy.

    Therefore, everybody else’s program is fair game ‘Nuff said!

  20. Not to be extremely skeptical and rude here, but I think the best way to look at the 5K price tag is to look back at the Hugh Grant situation a few years back. Why would Hugh Grant shun Elizabeth Friggin Hurley for a jostle with a prostitute (Sunshine or something like that was her name) in the back of a car. Well, the prostitute was probably doing something that Ms. Hurley refused to do. Ahem.

    Perhaps the same thing goes for Mr. Spitzer. The question is not whether a prostitute is worth 5K. Rather, view it like this: Spitzer is paying 5K to a prostitute to do something that his wife (who was not hit with an ugly stick I might add) certainly wasn’t doing. And, in the end, to Spitzer, THAT is worth 5K.

    It makes sense. And for that, I’m going to get fried for this one.

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