Monday, March 10, 2008

NY Governor - "Client 9" of Emperor Club VIP

The governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, came out and apologized today for... um, something. What he didn't say is that he's been accused of being involved with Emperors Club VIP, a high-class prostitution ring. The New York Times first reported the story, and it's been confirmed by other sources, which note that he was caught on a Federal wiretap soliciting the services of a high-priced, um, "companion." He was identified as "Client 9" in the investigation.

As you can imagine, the Web site for Emperors Club VIP is not available, "Due to high volume of traffic," it says, Yeah, I bet! Maybe some of the governor's constituents will be relieved to know that Spitzer has been only frequenting high-class hookers, not the skanky street-corner variety that hang out by the Lincoln Tunnel.

Here's what the link to the Emperors Club VIP Web site says:
"::Emperors Club Vip::.welcome Models Elite Companions Concierge ... -
International model companions, London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Europe, Tokyo, Elite companions, VIP models. models_elite_companion_travel_luxury.html"

Always the political animal, Spitzer made only a one-minute statement in which he apologized for letting down his family and his constituents, or something using similar weasel words. But he didn't say for what he was apologizing (just some kind of personal failing), didn't mention the prostitution allegations, didn't resign, and didn't take questions.

Considering that Spitzer, a former prosecutor, ran for governor on an anti-corruption platform, his career seems to be toast, whether he chooses to resign today or later on.

So it seems time to familiarize ourselves with David Paterson, New York's lieutenant governor. Not only would he become the state's first black governor, but the state's first legally blind chief executive.

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