March 10, 2008


Sources: Spitzer Resignation Expected (CBS, 3/11/08)

Gov. Eliot Spitzer was not expected to continue as governor and may resign as soon as Monday night, sources told CBS 2 shortly after it was reported that he was linked to a prostitution ring.

Reliable sources initially told CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer that Lt. Gov. David Paterson could be handed the job as early as Monday night, though other sources say the process could take up to 48 hours.

Probe into call girl ring started at IRS (LARRY NEUMEISTER, 3/10/08, Associated Press)

The federal investigation into a high-end prostitution ring linked to Gov. Eliot Spitzer apparently began last year as a financial probe by the Internal Revenue Service.

The investigation into the Emperors Club VIP gathered more than 5,000 telephone calls and text messages, and more than 6,000 e-mails, along with bank records, travel and hotel records and surveillance.

But it was unclear whether Spitzer was a target from the start or whether agents came across his name by accident while amassing evidence.

Conversations were recorded about someone identified as "Client 9," including that a prostitute identified as "Kristen" should take a train from New York to Washington for a tryst on the night of Feb. 13, according to an affidavit.

At the Mayflower, Client 9's Sinking Ship (Dana Milbank
Tuesday, March 11, 2008, Washington Post)
The woman accused of running a prostitution ring allegedly patronized by Eliot Spitzer told one of her call girls that the New York governor had been known to "ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe."

But whatever Spitzer -- or, in the language of a federal court filing, "Client-9" -- did with a petite brunette nicknamed "Kristen" on the eve of Valentine's Day last month at Washington's Mayflower Hotel, it probably wasn't as monstrous as what he asked his wife to do yesterday.

In the grand tradition of Larry Craig, David Vitter and Jim McGreevey, Spitzer dragged his partner of 21 years before the television cameras at his offices in New York to announce that he was "disappointed" in himself for unspecified sins.

Silda Wall Spitzer looked like a victim of food poisoning as she stood by her man's side. She cast her eyes downward at the 183-word statement while he read it. She raised her glance only briefly, when the governor admitted he had "acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family," when he offered an apology "to the public, whom I promised better," and again when he pledged to "dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family."

The silent Mrs. Spitzer -- Harvard law school graduate, corporate lawyer, nonprofit founder and mother of the governor's three daughters -- then led Client 9 away from the lectern.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2008 8:48 PM

This case isn't going away,is it?

Well, there are some redeeming features. For one thing, we should be asking what this clown was doing throwing around that much money for transitory pleasures. Did he really have THAT much as totally discretionary pocket change--what some people may vulgarly refer to as "effing money?" Thus the story gives a glimpse into political corruption, sort of like the one about the congressman with the cash in his refridgerator.

Also, it was nice to see the power to coerce and destroy used so constructively. We may wonder whether those who are so dainty about communications surveillance are similarly sensitive to our "privacy" when it comes to The I.R.S. spying on how we move money around.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 11, 2008 1:43 AM

It seems Spitzer is going to try to tough it out. After all, no Democrat is NY is powerful enough (or respected enough) to walk into his office and tell him to quit.

He may resign today, or he may just go on, day after day, ignoring any questions and just waiting. He may think that absent any grubby financial revelations, he can stonewall the rest. These days, even tearful confessions or angry tirades from the "Kristens" don't drive satyrs out of office. But a tape (audio or video) would be interesting. Imagine the Post with that.

Lou - Spitzer's father made a fortune in NY real estate, and the Gov. himself is a big landlord in NYC. He has enough pocket change for this sort of thing.

I wonder if Maureen Dowd will write a piece that compares Harvard and Yale wives - as in Hillary, Michelle, and Mrs. Spitzer (Silda). Or if anyone will ask Hillary if she can identify with Silda Spitzer.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 11, 2008 7:33 AM

Bubba didn't need prostitutes. His body guards in the Arkansas state police and the Selective Service picked up them up for him at rallies and and political events.

Posted by: erp at March 11, 2008 9:55 AM

Spitzer is wisely saving his resignation as part of the plea agreement.

Lou: As John Edwards would say, there are 2 Americas, one that can afford $4,300 hookers and one that cannot.

Posted by: Bob at March 11, 2008 11:15 AM

That's why we have two parties: The "Rich Party" and the Republicans.

Posted by: Genecis at March 11, 2008 1:30 PM