What is it about politics that makes men think they can get away with being total scumbags?
I’m so incredibly sick of these scandals that make the gossip-ridden mags like US Weekly and OK! seem blasé.
The New York Times broke the original story yesterday. A wiretapping investigation identified New York Governor Eliot Spitzer as “Client 9” of the Emperor’s Club, a New Jersey prostitution ring. It seems he met with a variety of call girls at 7 or 8 times over the past few months.
According to the ABC news blog, Temeka Rachelle Lewis, remarked to the call girl involved with Spitzer (code name “Client-9”) the night before VALENTINE’S DAY (cough…scumbag…cough) that she had heard that,
“[Client-9] would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe – you know – I mean that . . . very basic things.”
I’m not sure what “very basic things” she refers to but it sounds fairly kinky…Nice one, Gov.
The Republican Party says it will impeach him if he fails to resign as Governor . According to Reuters, James Tedisco, leader of the Republicans in the state Assembly stated, “If he does not resign within the next 24 to 48 hours, we will prepare articles of impeachment to remove him.”
During his hastily held press conference on Monday March 10th, Spitzer made no mention of resigning and seemed to make an attempt to separate his political stance with his personal life. As the New York Post reports, he stated,
“I don’t believe politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas and the public good and doing what is best for the state of New York.”
Well, at this point, his resignation would definitely be the best thing for New York. The state has more important things to work on than the impeachment trial of a lecherous governor.
There really is no way this situation could look worse for the Governor.
Political Failure: As the Washington Post’s blog, The Trail notes, he’s a Clinton Superdelegate meaning that his indiscretions may very well impact the course of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. (imagine trying to live THAT down) Moreover, this has caused the country to flashback on Hilary’s position as the humiliated wife of a pervert husband—something I would imagine her campaign is not too thrilled about.
Hypocrite: He was elected on a “Law and Order” platform and since yesterday was best known for his anti-corruption and anti-crime stances. In 2002, he was named Time Magazine’s “Crusader of the Year”. Adding insult to injury—his triumphs included the breakup of several high-end prostitution rings! As the New York Post reports, following one of these busts, Spitzer jubilantly stated;
“This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multi-tiered management structure […] it was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring, and now its owners and operators will be held accountable.”
Hmmmm… How does it feel, Gov, to be involved in “nothing more than a prostitution ring”…?
In 2005, Sptizer, then NY Attorney General, lambasted radio station WQHT, fining them over their on-air Smackfest contest in which women slapped each other to win prizes. At the time, the BBC quoted Spitzer saying,
“This agreement should be a wake-up call to all those in the entertainment industry who think outrageousness is a clever marketing strategy […] the law establishes set boundaries that cannot be crossed to protect our community’s health and safety.”
Perhaps Time Magazine should consider giving Spitzer a “Hypocrite of the Year” award for 2008. (Let’s hope to god there’s no one to contest him)
[Editor’s Note: at the time of this posting, Spitzer has not yet resigned…but don’t worry. He will]