Posted by: Marshall Sponder | March 10, 2008

Emperors Club VIP – now I get it – Spitzer is snagged

Gov. Eliot Spitzer – hmm, Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring – well, it just shows that vice is not Republican or Democratic – but so far, besides his lapse(s) Spitzer has been an excellent Attorney General and Governor of New York.

The way I look at this – Bill Clinton got caught with his pants down and when his term was up it was hard for Al Gore to be elected – because people were really “upset” with his behavior. Yet, overall, Clinton was an excellent president who expanded the economy and created a lot of jobs and prosperity. Sure, he had some lapses – but, at the end of the day, they’re minor compared to what others have done, after him.

Now, look what happened after Clinton left – would you call the 8 years … moral?

If we had to pick morality – I’d take an excellent governor who had a lapse in judgement/behavior any day over someone who is an out and out hypocrite (and there’s enough evidence of that all over the place – one doesn’t even have to look far or hard).

It’s was on my mind – and I wonder if anyone has done this yet – to come up with the number of indictments per administration with The Worst President in History? article in Rolling Stone in 2006 – and here’s a TalkingPoints Memo that gives a list of indictments for the current administration (but I was looking for something that goes all the way back to George Washington). That would be interesting metrics – indictments per administration – we can even get a percentage of the indicted – point being that you can’t have high numbers of indictments without something being fundamentally wrong with how members are chosen.

I heard about the Emperors Club VIP over the weekend in an article in the New York Times – a super high priced prostitution ring – but I had no idea the Governor was snagged it – and does seem like the Governers of New Jersey, Connecticut and now .. probably New York will have resigned over the last two or three years – and been replaced, and that seems unusual.

I wonder what’s the real story here?



  1. I just heard Congressman King call Eliot (client # 9) the most self-righteous person he had ever met.

    Maybe I am jaded but this type of behavior from politicians no longer shocks me. What I find inexplicable is the wife is always there by the disgraced politician’s side. I would hold my own press conference announcing my intention to file for divorce. The call girl got $ 4300 for this tryst. If I was the wife I would be mad about that waste of money as well.

  2. Elliots main squeeze uncovered! Elliot’s Girlfriend

  3. Could Bill Clinton also be involved in this? Seems like it would be right up his alley. avotor

  4. I do not disagree with your premise that good stewardship should outweigh personal foibles. However, this guy has been running on being ethical above all else.

    I welcome your thoughts on my “letter” to Spitzer

  5. They had a target before they had a crime:

    1) When my bank sees a lot of money leave MY account, do they call the Feds? Nope, they call me, to see if the withdrawals were by me and not some script kiddie.

    2) Spitzer’s a very rich man; $5k is to him what $20 is to us. The banks handling his accounts would know this, especially as he moves in DC and NYC power broker circles, where dropping $5k for a meal at a fancy restaurant is not unheard of.

    3) Spitzer pissed off the financial industry with his prosecutions. Think they might have had a motive to watch his accounts more than they might watch, say, Karl Rove’s? I sure do — especially since they noticed the money moves before they noticed anything else.

  6. The point of #2 is that Spitzer’s transactions, while huge for us, would be everyday for him. They normally wouldn’t have attracted any bank officer’s interest.

    Unless, of course, he was being watched anyway, to see if he’d give his enemies an opening.

  7. As usual. When one of your guys gets caught, the spin machine goes wild!

  8. okay. so you say that you would perfer an excellent governer who had a lapse in judgement/behavior any day over someone who is an out and out hypocrite, and i see backlash at bush’s administration. marsh, im only 17, and im laughing at you. if you remember at all, or even paid attention, to when spitzer was running for election and even after he was elected, he seemed to have a ven detta against prostitution. now uh, whose the hippocrite? the so called excellent governer, right? well, maybe not the way the democrats see it. to them, there always right. at least bush could admit when he was wrong. and oh, the governers of new jersey and connecticut, and the former president? democrats. no surprise though. and as much as i hate him, avotor, i do not think that bill clinton was involved in this.

  9. […] I heard about the Emperors Club VIP over the weekend in an article in the New York Times – a super high priced prostitution ring – but I had no idea the Governor was snagged it – and does seem like the Governers of New Jersey, … Full Story […]

  10. The Emperors Club VIP, which rocked the political career of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and tarnished his “Mr. Clean” image, is a call-girl business that arranged sex between wealthy men and more than 50 gorgeous prostitutes in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Miami, London and Paris, according to U.S. federal prosecutors, and confirmed by sexy Kristen herself.

    So the question is, should prostitution be legalized, and should Spitzer have stayed on as the Democrat Governor of New York?

    From what I see on my site (I have set up a poll), most people are glad the two-faced Governor is gone. The hypocrisy displayed by Spitzer (the AG who terrorized hookers) was perhaps just a little too much to bear. After all, he was the crusading AG and Governor who promised to clean up the swamp right?

    Vote at my site – vote early and vote often!:

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