Spitzer's Reviews

Eliot Spitzer is reportedly considering resigning and, from reading commentary from around New York, I get the sense that few editorial boards would disagree with ...
by | March 11, 2008
 

Eliot Spitzer is reportedly considering resigning and, from reading commentary from around New York, I get the sense that few editorial boards would disagree with that decision. Here's a sampling of what the newspapers are saying:

New York Times :

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer could not have been more wrong in his brief public appearance after the world learned that he was suspected of patronizing a prostitution ring. He did not just betray his family in a private matter. He betrayed the public, and it is hard to see how he will recover from this mess and go on to lead the reformist agenda on which he was elected to office.

Newsday :

Of course, the governor has to resign. Fifteen months ago, he was the chief legal officer of the state. Hiring a call girl was not only against the law, but procuring her to cross state lines turned the $4,300 evening into a federal crime. Spitzer, 48, is either viciously self-destructive or pathologically arrogant, believing he wouldn't be caught.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle :

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been too vague about his role in a high-class prostitution ring. He must step forward today to flatly disavow implications that he was involved in the illegal activity or resign.

New York Daily News :

Eliot Spitzer brought his once-promising governorship to a crashing end with a display of recklessness and hypocrisy of such magnitude that you had to question his sanity.

Three words to the man: Just get out.

Spitzer's patronage of a high-priced prostitution service drained what was left of his moral authority, and his blithe willingness to order up a hooker by telephone revealed an abysmal and disqualifying lack of judgment.

New York Sun :

What a sad denouement for the so-called "sheriff of Wall Street," who had promised to clean up Albany.

Syracuse Post-Standard :

Given his past problems with the Legislature and his already low approval ratings, it is difficult to see how he can ever again be effective.

New York Post :

Eliot Spitzer must resign.

The governor's brief statement late yesterday, in which he apologized to his family and to the public for an unspecified transgression - but hinted that he plans to continue in office - can't be the last word.

Josh Goodman
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