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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Emperor's No Clothes: Spitzer quitting

He's resigning now on TV as I type (11:45 a.m.)....The usual, apologizes, important programs need to be carried out and if he stays would be distraction, etc....says he hopes to heal and then help society in future....very brief....wife still by his side and looking a little less devastated ...his "good friend" David Patterson to take over in a few days, with Blomberg next? Rudy? Al D'Amato? ARod? I guess Gerry Ferraro is out now...

Washington Post today has some details on the surprising length and extent of the Plan Client 9 from Outer Space probe: "Weeks before a hotel meeting with a prostitute that threatens to derail his career, the FBI staked out New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer at the same hotel in an unsuccessful effort to catch him with a high-priced call girl, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The FBI placed a surveillance team on Spitzer at the Mayflower Hotel for the first time on Jan. 26, after concluding from a wiretapped conversation that he might try to meet with a prostitute when he traveled to Washington to attend a black-tie dinner, the source said Tuesday."

I'm not sure I agree with this but a fun comment, from Peter Baker, also at the Post: "This certainly is not the way Clinton's strategists would have mapped out this week on the campaign trail. They want voters to be thinking about that 3 a.m. phone call in terms of who is ready to handle a crisis in the White House, not in terms of where an unfaithful husband might be catting around town."

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