The Return Of Eliot Spitzer? Not Yet, But Possibly in the Future?

As we are probably familiar with, the former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned from his position in March 2008 after the press emerged with federal wiretappings that incriminated Spitzer (who was arranging to meet a prostitute in Washington).  Since then, Eliot Spitzer has been playing damage control. He's a regular columnist for Slate, and has appeared on show's like Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss matters of Wall Street, taxation, and a Maher favorite... the legalization of marijuana. What I found most impressive is that he is still married. This is what the Washington Post had to say (via Reuters):

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of New York voters do not want disgraced former Governor Eliot Spitzer to run for statewide office this year, but many say that they would support a run in the future, a poll said on Wednesday.

Asked "Should Eliot Spitzer ever run for public office in New York again, or not?," 45 percent said Spitzer, thought by many to be engineering a political comeback, should run for office some day, said the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey.

But 48 percent said his political career is over. The survey did not address how New Yorkers would vote if he did run.

Is there a possibility of Spitzer making a public office run, and being elected, in the future?  The chances seem slim now, but nothing is out of the realm of possibility it seems.

The Kinky Eliot Spitzer

From the New York Daily News:

His political rivals used to accuse Eliot Spitzer of going for the jugular. Now a new call girl is claiming the former governor literally went for hers -- claiming he wrapped his fingers around her neck during some kinky role-playing.

As the first anniversary of his resignation as governor approaches, Spitzer's Emperors Club VIP plaything Ashley Dupre is still holding back on details about their romp.

But a high-end escort, whom we'll call Annie, has opened up to us about what she says was a date with Spitzer that "went a little too far."

Annie says she was working for madam Kristin Davis when she met Spitzer, who was then state attorney general, at Davis apartment at The Corinthian on E. 38th St.

"He booked two hours," says Annie. "I don't remember exactly how much he was charged, but definitely over $1,000 an hour.

"He wanted a scenario where I was supposed to say I had just been to a self-defense class. He was supposed to respond, 'Let's see if you learned anything. He would be aggressive. I would have to defend myself.

Damn, I would have preferred if the scenario had unfolded more like this:

Now that's justice.

There's more...

Obama's Jailhouse Conversion

Jeremiah Wright screamed "God damn America!" and Barack Obama didn't have the balls to confront him.

It isn't about race.

It's about hypocrisy.

Obama talking about racial harmony AFTER he got caught playing along with Jeremiah Wright is about as dignified as Eliot Spitzer talking about marital fidelity AFTER he got caught with a hooker.

kid oakland makes a pitiful attempt to play the race card at the bottom of the comments, but it isn't about race.

It doesn't matter what color the pastor or congregation may be. As soon as whoever starts screaming "God damn America!" it's time for anybody who wants to be President to confront this hate speech or walk out.

Playing along with hate-America rhetoric and hoping nobody notices... It isn't acceptable for any candidate of any color.

This is bad...Anti-Semitism is still in play...

So, I've been thinking about posting this for a few days know how the news on outgoing Gov. Spitzer broke on Monday?  Well, in December 2004, I posted this on my blog.

Obviously, said post wasn't getting that many visits to my blog until this past week.  Anyway, it's garnered roughly 40 comments or so...most of which are anti-Semitic in nature and I'm disturbed by the anti-Semitism directed at not just a Jewish governor but Jewish people, like myself, in general.

It was not fun reading some of these comments, which have led to two people being banned, including the one that commented that they were glad that Tom Lantos died.  WTF?

There's more...

Gov. Eliot Spitzer Announces Resignation Effective Monday

From The NY Times:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, will resign today, some of his staff members said they have been told.

Mr. Spitzer is scheduled to speak today at 11:30 a.m. at his Manhattan office, and the resignation is to be effective Monday, aides to the governor said.

Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson would likely be sworn in to replace him at some point after that.

The Albany Project puts the whole thing pretty succinctly:

We just wasted the biggest electoral victory in the history of the state of New York. It's totally okay to begin throwing up right about now.

Gov. Spitzer is speaking now.

Update [2008-3-12 11:52:26 by Todd Beeton]:The remorse I feel will always be with me...

From those to whom much is given, much is expected...

I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me. To every New Yorker and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for, I sincerely apologize...

I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been...

There is much more to be done and I can not allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work...

I am resigning from the office of governor. At Lt. Governor Patterson's request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17, a date that he believes will permit an orderly transition...

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