Update: Governor Eliot Spitzer Controversy

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Meanwhile in Albany, Lt. Governor David Paterson made his way the capitol today, but told reporters that no one has talked to him about the Governor resigning. Full Story
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Jason

Buffalo, NY

#1 Mar 11, 2008
I think it redicous the way the media portrays the private lives of politicians. Everyone makes mistakes and the Governer is just the one who got caught. If it does not affect the job he is doing for New York State, I personally dont care what he does in his private time.
Linda

AOL

#2 Mar 11, 2008
There is a lot of emotion surrounding the allegations. However he needs to be prosecuted just the same as any normal person would. Would they give the right to any normal man the right to quit his job to avoid incarceration-I doubt that. If you break the law-you should not be treated any different!
It is definately heartbreaking for a member of our government to break the law. If we cannot trust the representatives of our foundation-then who can we trust? A great dissappointment for all.
Sherry Mellenthine

AOL

#3 Mar 11, 2008
If this was done on the State's time and money then I feel that he needs to be accountable for that.
What a person does on their own time should not be public knowledge but our society thrives on the hardships of others. Especially when it's someone who holds a high position.
The question should be...he is doing for us what he promised to do? Not who he is intimate with.
Look what this has done to his Family? Was all this garbage gossip worth it?
spitzer

Rochester, NY

#4 Mar 11, 2008
shame on you a bigger shame on mrs.spitzer for standing by his side what are you telling your daughters its okay lets set good examples for our children
Judi K

Rochester, NY

#5 Mar 11, 2008
I just couldn't figure out why he was so merciless on getting more money in every project he went after. More money in taxing the reservations, more money from giving licenses to aliens, more, more, more. Guess it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Sad, very sad.
One fired-up woman

AOL

#6 Mar 11, 2008
Okay, Spitzer has been "caught"...do what you will with him. But what saddens me are the women married to these so-called men of honor. Why do so many of them do the "stand by your man" routine? He has committed a grievous sin against his wife and publicly humiliated his family. By his wife standing by his side, what kind of message is this sending to their children; i.e. Daddy has made a mistake and we must stand by him? I don't think so. If my husband pulled a stunt like that his sorry a** would be appearing with me by his side!
mark mcnerney

Buffalo, NY

#7 Mar 11, 2008
this will be covered up like every thing else that happens to public
officals. just like priests that
abuse children and theres alot of
them none go to jail or arrested anybody else would be locked up for
ever. watch and see mark my words
he'll get a slat on the hand and if were lucky 1 year probation he'll do
1 month probation and the rest will
be for given do to good behavor so
why bother wasting tax payers money.
c rieker

Buffalo, NY

#8 Mar 11, 2008
If Spitzer did wha is said he did, i feel sorry for his wife and family, but also i do not think he should retire. it isnt reflecting on the good job he is doing. there are so many people who may have done the same thing but never got caught. i that who ever was eased dropping on his conversation about meeting the girl ,shame on you. what happens behind closed doors wheather it be legal or not is none of our business.it is his cross to bare. just l ike the gay bishop, what he does behimfdclosed doors as long as he isnt lterly hurting anyone is no ones business, he is still Bishop. I think spitzer should go for counselling and get help,but not let go. all the publicity needs to stop. never ever good news ,always bad news is all that is heard.
leave well enough alone already.i respect Hillary Clinton for the comment she made,. that was wrong to corner her. as i feel bill was trapped which possibly spitzer was too,how do we know.
crieker

Buffalo, NY

#9 Mar 11, 2008
corrections, i meant he should not resign,.by error i typed in retire.
E Mahoney

Buffalo, NY

#10 Mar 11, 2008
I feel terrible for his wife and daughters, but I am appauled at the the attention that has been drawn to his wife standing by his side. What sort of message does this send, especially to young people? I find it disgusting and degrading that she is expected to do this and it is looked at as being the right thing.
Jim Comfort

Becket, MA

#11 Mar 11, 2008
All these politicians need to be voted out. They get into politics and it seems they rarely ever held a real job.
They feed at the trough of public money for life, it seems. This is why New York needs a term limit law.
Vote all of them out this year! Spitzer has always acted like the 2d coming. Do as I say, not as I do!! WHAT!!
KICK ALL OF THEM OUT.
Maybe NY can get something done!
emahoney

Buffalo, NY

#12 Mar 11, 2008
Jason wrote:
I think it redicous the way the media portrays the private lives of politicians. Everyone makes mistakes and the Governer is just the one who got caught. If it does not affect the job he is doing for New York State, I personally dont care what he does in his private time.
Sure, what he does in his personal life may not matter to us. However, it does matter to us when it means he is stealing money from the government for his own use for illegal activities.
RWK

AOL

#13 Mar 11, 2008
Give Me A Break!
What Governor Spitzer does in his personal life is none of our business.
Many of us know a cop or two that gets drunk at a bar drives home, then goes out and arrests someone for the same thing the next week, many repeat the same process with marijuana and even cocaine. Spitzer tried to be as discreet as he possibly could so as not to hurt his family or reputation or job. If you want the real story go find out who tipped him off to the Fed’s. Perhaps you’ll find it’s one of the real criminals he’s put away or put out of business for all of us! Say good-bye to the Buffalo Waterfront money.
RWK

AOL

#14 Mar 11, 2008
Jason wrote:
I think it redicous the way the media portrays the private lives of politicians. Everyone makes mistakes and the Governer is just the one who got caught. If it does not affect the job he is doing for New York State, I personally dont care what he does in his private time.
See my comment @ RWK. You are soooooo right
Cari

Rochester, NY

#15 Mar 11, 2008
I am not surprised a bit about what Elliot Spitzer did. I think that it's officials like him that have been our downfall here in New York. Although not all officials are corrupt, we just don't know who is and who isn't anymore. It's too bad everything happened the way that it did, but I think he should have already resigned and his poor wife and kids should wash their hands of him. I give his wife only the highest respect for standing by Mr. Spitzer. He should have stuck close to his family and home instead of getting caught up in all glamour and glitz of that kind of lifestyle.
Judi K

Rochester, NY

#16 Mar 11, 2008
OMG get off your soap boxes. The man spent our tax money on hookers. It wasn't in his private time; it was whenever he wanted a freaky sex fix. Do you think it was JUST when he took off his governor hat? Get real. Illegal activity IS part of his job and only he chose to to this to himself and to us. There is no excuse. Absolutely none regardless of what he did for New York. This is now what he did TO New York. Very sad.
Little Indian

Oakville, Canada

#17 Mar 11, 2008
I am shock by all of this, my heart goes out to Spitzer's daughters,they have to live with this.What a shame,what a example to his daughters & wife and to the Nation. It's so sad. Not to long ago he was trying to Tax's the Seneca Nation for millions of dollars on Gas & Cig's for "what" more money for his pleasure on his time.If this comes to be true!I remember all the news about lets Tax's the Indians. It makes you wonder eh!The world we live in.
John from Jamestown

United States

#18 Mar 11, 2008
This is certainly a disgrace. Eliot Spitzer has probably been to me one of the most inspiring politicians. I voted for him without any doubt.
I can easily forgive Mr. Spitzer for his transgression, while wondering how he can forgive himself.(I hope he can.)
More importantly, I would like to say to Mrs. Spitzer that my heart goes out to her. I feel her pain and I cannot think of the image of her standing next to her disgraced husband without literally crying with profound empathy. I hope and pray that the family will find peace soon.
Jimi

AOL

#19 Mar 11, 2008
Spitzer's real crime is interstate promotion of prostitution which is a violation of the Mann act and a Federal crime.He paid for the woman's transportation to meet him in DC.He may get a good lawyer to make it go away,but the hypocrisy of the man will not go away.I vote for resignation and hard time in Federal Prison.
Little Indian

Oakville, Canada

#20 Mar 11, 2008
This so SAD, and so Shocking to the Nation!

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