The New York Times is breaking a story that first-term New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been involved with a prostitution ring. The report says Spitzer has admitted as much to his top administration officials.
Details are sketchy as the media wait for Spitzer to begin a scheduled 2:15 pm press conference. Spitzer, a Democrat, was elected on a platform of ethical reform and cleaning up Albany sleaze. The media have called him Mr. Clean and a crusader against crime and corruption, a reputation he first earned as the NY attorney general. He held himself to a very high personal standard, to the point of self-righteousness, according to some, and these charges, if true, would seem to be the ultimate hypocrisy.
Spitzer was involved in the bust of a prostitution ring just last week, and has recently testified before a Congressional committee. It is speculated that today’s press conference was scheduled to preempt a release of the news from other sources.
Spitzer is married and has three children.
Update: In a brief public statement to reporters, Spitzer apologized for an unspecified transgression, saying he now needs to regain the trust of his family. He sounded as though he has no intention of resigning when he said, “I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good, and doing what is best for the state of New York.” He may be deluding himself, if the rumored allegations prove true. Moral lapses are one thing; breaking the law is another, especially if you are an attorney and a governor.
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