Monday, March 10, 2008

Whore Master or New York Governor?

If a Former State Attorney General and now current Governor of New York breaks the law, you just have to wonder what other laws have been broken, for how long, and was there a cover up, retaliation, and intimidation of potential witnesses? I think the conspiracy should be investigated. Elena Sassower was railroaded to prison to shut her up. What goods, does Elena have on Spitzer? Well, go to the bottom of this post.


Gov. Elliot Spitzer is joined by his wife as he makes a statement Monday.

New York Gov. Spitzer Linked To Prostitution Ring

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized to his family, but did not elaborate. He has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to news reports.

Sex ring affidavit details 'Client 9' visit

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Spitzer apologizes after report of link to prostitution ring



BY JAMES T. MADORE and BILL BLEYER | james.madore@newsday.com
4:09 PM EDT, March 10, 2008

Gov. Eliot Spitzer is widely expected to quit the post he has held for just over a year after being identified as a client of a prostitution ring.

Spitzer made a brief statement this afternoon in which he apologized in a general way to his family and to New Yorkers for violating their trust. Spitzer did not specifically discuss reports that he had used the services of a prostitution ring and declined to answer questions. If he were to resign, he would be succeeded by Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson.

Spitzer spoke at his Midtown Manhattan office to more than 100 reporters and about 30 television cameras, with his wife at his side.

"Over the past nine years, eight as attorney general and one as governor, I've tried to uphold the vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunities for all," Spitzer began. "We tried to bring real change to New York and that will continue."

"Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violated the obligations to my family and that violates my -- or any -- sense of right and wrong. I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better. I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the State of New York. But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard that I expect of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family. I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order. Thank you very much."

As he prepared to leave, reporters screamed, "Are you resigning? Are you resigning?" Spitzer walked rapidly out of the room and slammed the door.

Assembly Minority leader James Tedisco (R-Schenectady) called on Spitzer to resign this afternoon. "What the governor has admitted to is tragic. He must resign his position. He must do it immediately."

Spitzer, 48, is married to Silda Wall Spitzer. They have three daughters.

The statement came after Spitzer abruptly canceled a speech in Albany to the Family Planning Advocates and other appointments.

The idea that Spitzer, the hard-charging former attorney general, would be involved in criminal activity rocked the Capitol. His fellow Democrats expressed shock and disbelief. Republicans were quietly gleeful.

Spitzer gained a national reputation as state attorney general by prosecuting Wall Street bigshots and at least two prostitution rings.

Last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. It is not clear whether this was the ring with which the governor had become involved. But the New York Times reported that a person with knowledge of the governor's role believes the governor is identified as a client in court papers.

The governor's travel records show that he was in Washington in mid-February, the Times said. One of the clients described in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring at the Emperors Club VIP on the night of Feb. 13. An affidavit filed in federal court in Manhattan in connection with the case lists six conversations picked up on wiretaps between the man, identified as Client 9, and a booking agent for the Emperors Club, the paper said.

A women identified as Tameka R. Lewis was identified in legal papers as one of the operators of the prostitution service. A doorman at her last known address at the YWCA at 33th Avenue in Brooklyn said she had not lived there in two years.

Spitzer stayed at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Feb. 13, according to The New York Times, and registered for Room 871 under the name George Fox, who is a friend and donor to Spitzer.

If Spitzer was to be prosecuted, he could be charged under the federal Mann Act of 1910, which makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution, since Client-9 in the wiretap transcript was involved in making the arrangements for the trip. The four defendants charged in the prostitution ring case unsealed last week were all charged with violating the Mann Act as well as other crimes.

Spitzer, elected by a wide margin, had a troubled first year in office marked by scandals and legislative defeats. But he seemed to have turned things around in his second year with the Democrats capturing an upstate Senate seat in a special election and positioning themselves to possibly regaining control of that house for the first time in four decades.

When he was inaugurated as New York's 54th governor on Jan.1, 2007, Spitzer's Web site noted, he said "Every policy, every action and every decision we make in this administration will further two overarching objectives: We must transform our government so that it is as ethical and wise as all of New York, and we must rebuild our economy so that it is ready to compete on the global stage in the next century".

As attorney general in 2003, Spitzer spoke with revulsion about prostitution after he brought suit against a Queens company suspected of planning sex tourism trips to Asia.

The agency, Big Apple Oriental Tours, had been accused in a lawsuit brought in July 2003 by Spitzer of arranging tours for men seeking sex with prostitutes, some underage, in the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia.

"The company purports to be a traditional travel agency, but through its actions promotes prostitution and the abuse of young women," Spitzer told reporters after suing the company. "This suit seeks a halt to this egregious conduct."

Dan Janison, Erik German. Daniel Rosen and Rocco Parascandola contributed to this story.

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