Monday, March 10, 2008

New York Governor Spitzer Linked to Prostitution Ring... WTF?!

Here's a bit of news from the "WTF?!" Political Files: the New York Times is reporting that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been linked to a prostitution ring. The Times says that Spitzer announced this to his senior advisors and will be making a speech a little after 2 p.m. Monday.

Last week federal officials arrested four people in connection with a high-class prostitution ring, but it's not clear whether this is the ring Spitzer is alleged to be involved with. If it is, it could be that the people arrested may have led officials to Spitzer.

Granted, we are in odd political times, when a conservative Republican Senator, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, made headlines for playing footsie with an undercover cop in an airport men's room. So nothing is really surprising these days,

But considering Spitzer ran for office on a platform stressing good government and battling corruption, this is bad news indeed for Mr. Spitzer. Of course, we haven't heard his speech yet; he could come out and deny the whole thing. Or he could try a bizarre defense like the former NJ Governor McGreevey, taking the "I Am a Gay American" defense.

We'll have to see what Gov. Spitzer says. Prostitution and clean government don't go together, except maybe in the Boss Tweed days.

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