Monday, March 10, 2008
Gov. Steamroller likes ladies of the evening
ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.
Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides inside his Fifth Avenue apartment early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He scheduled an announcement for 2:15 after inquiries from the Times.
Mr. Spitzer, a first term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform an end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.
Just last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. Administration officials would not say that this was the ring with which the governor had become involved.
But a person with knowledge of the governor’s role said that the person believes the governor is one of the men identified as clients in court papers.
Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring
UPDATE: TV news reports say that Spitzer will resign. The letter is on its way to Albany. Lt. Gov. David Paterson will then assume power and serve out the rest of the term. Spitzer may be indicted on federal charges as he was caught on a wiretap arranging participation with a call girl.
The sordid details are here.