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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23561606?GT1=43001

    N.Y. governor apologizes after prostitution link
    Spitzer doesn't directly cite allegation first reported by N.Y. Times

    Spitzer: 'I apologize'

    NEW YORK - Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized to his family and the public on Monday, but did not not elaborate on a bombshell report that he has been involved in a prostitution ring.

    "I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family ... my sense of right and wrong," he said at a news conference at his Manhattan office. "I must now dedicate some time to rededicate my trust to my family."

    Spitzer's wife stood at his side, her hands behind her back and her eyes cast downward, as he made the statement.

    The leader of Republicans in the state assembly, James Tedisco, issued a statement demanding that Spitzer, a Democrat, resign. "He has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York," Tedisco said.

    The New York Times reported earlier in the day that Spitzer told senior administration officials that he was linked to a prostitution ring. The report cited an anonymous administration official.

    The Times reported that a person with knowledge of the governor's role believes the governor is identified in court papers as a client of a prostitution ring. Four people allegedly connected to a high-end ring called the Emperors Club VIP were arrested last week.

    Wiretap recording alleged
    The Times also reported that a person briefed on the federal investigation said Spitzer was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month.

    NBC News reported that court documents and law enforcement sources indicated Spitzer was picked up on the wiretap on Feb. 13 seeking the services of a prostitute named "Kristen." He reportedly was calling from Washington, where he was meeting with congressional officials.

    Spitzer learned he had been implicated when a federal official contacted his staff last Friday, the person briefed on the case told the Times.

    The Web site of the Emperors Club VIP displays photographs of scantily clad women with their faces hidden, along with hourly rates depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest. The most highly ranked prostitutes cost $5,500 an hour, prosecutors said.

    Prosecutors said the defendants arranged connections between wealthy men and more than 50 prostitutes in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, London and Paris.

    The Times reported that the governor's travel records show he was in Washington in mid-February, and that one of the clients arranged to meet with a prostitute on the night of Feb. 13.

    The case is being handled by prosecutors in the Public Corruption unit of U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia's office. Garcia spokeswoman Yusill Scribner said the office had no comment.

    Spitzer, 48, built his political legacy on rooting out corruption, including several headline-making battles with Wall Street while serving as attorney general. He stormed into the governor's office in 2006 with a historic share of the vote, vowing to continue his no-nonsense approach to fixing one of the nation's worst governments.

    Once 'Crusader of the Year'
    Time magazine had named him "Crusader of the Year" when he was attorney general and the tabloids proclaimed him "Eliot Ness."

    Spitzer's apology
    Below is the statement delivered by N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer:

    "Good afternoon.

    "For the past nine years, eight years as attorney general, and one as governor, I have tried to uphold a vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunity for all. We sought 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 violates my obligations to my family and 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 I expected 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."


    But his stint as governor has been marred by several problems, including an unpopular plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and a plot by his aides to smear Spitzer's main Republican nemesis.

    Spitzer had been expected to testify to the state Public Integrity Commission he had created to answer for his role in the scandal, in which his aides were accused of misusing state police to compile travel records to embarrass Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno.

    Spitzer had served two terms as attorney general where he pursued criminal and civil cases and cracked down on misconduct and conflicts of interests on Wall Street and in corporate America. He had previously been a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, handling organized crime and white-collar crime cases.

    His cases as state attorney general included a few criminal prosecutions of prostitution rings and into tourism involving prostitutes.

    In 2004, he was part of an investigation of an escort service in New York City that resulted in the arrest of 18 people on charges of promoting prostitution and related charges.

  • #2
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23561606?GT1=43001

    N.Y. governor apologizes after prostitution link
    Spitzer doesn't directly cite allegation first reported by N.Y. Times

    Spitzer: 'I apologize'

    NEW YORK - Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized to his family and the public on Monday, but did not not elaborate on a bombshell report that he has been involved in a prostitution ring.

    "I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family ... my sense of right and wrong," he said at a news conference at his Manhattan office. "I must now dedicate some time to rededicate my trust to my family."

    Spitzer's wife stood at his side, her hands behind her back and her eyes cast downward, as he made the statement.

    The leader of Republicans in the state assembly, James Tedisco, issued a statement demanding that Spitzer, a Democrat, resign. "He has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York," Tedisco said.

    The New York Times reported earlier in the day that Spitzer told senior administration officials that he was linked to a prostitution ring. The report cited an anonymous administration official.

    The Times reported that a person with knowledge of the governor's role believes the governor is identified in court papers as a client of a prostitution ring. Four people allegedly connected to a high-end ring called the Emperors Club VIP were arrested last week.

    Wiretap recording alleged
    The Times also reported that a person briefed on the federal investigation said Spitzer was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month.

    NBC News reported that court documents and law enforcement sources indicated Spitzer was picked up on the wiretap on Feb. 13 seeking the services of a prostitute named "Kristen." He reportedly was calling from Washington, where he was meeting with congressional officials.

    Spitzer learned he had been implicated when a federal official contacted his staff last Friday, the person briefed on the case told the Times.

    The Web site of the Emperors Club VIP displays photographs of scantily clad women with their faces hidden, along with hourly rates depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest. The most highly ranked prostitutes cost $5,500 an hour, prosecutors said.

    Prosecutors said the defendants arranged connections between wealthy men and more than 50 prostitutes in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, London and Paris.

    The Times reported that the governor's travel records show he was in Washington in mid-February, and that one of the clients arranged to meet with a prostitute on the night of Feb. 13.

    The case is being handled by prosecutors in the Public Corruption unit of U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia's office. Garcia spokeswoman Yusill Scribner said the office had no comment.

    Spitzer, 48, built his political legacy on rooting out corruption, including several headline-making battles with Wall Street while serving as attorney general. He stormed into the governor's office in 2006 with a historic share of the vote, vowing to continue his no-nonsense approach to fixing one of the nation's worst governments.

    Once 'Crusader of the Year'
    Time magazine had named him "Crusader of the Year" when he was attorney general and the tabloids proclaimed him "Eliot Ness."

    Spitzer's apology
    Below is the statement delivered by N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer:

    "Good afternoon.

    "For the past nine years, eight years as attorney general, and one as governor, I have tried to uphold a vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunity for all. We sought 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 violates my obligations to my family and 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 I expected 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."


    But his stint as governor has been marred by several problems, including an unpopular plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and a plot by his aides to smear Spitzer's main Republican nemesis.

    Spitzer had been expected to testify to the state Public Integrity Commission he had created to answer for his role in the scandal, in which his aides were accused of misusing state police to compile travel records to embarrass Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno.

    Spitzer had served two terms as attorney general where he pursued criminal and civil cases and cracked down on misconduct and conflicts of interests on Wall Street and in corporate America. He had previously been a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, handling organized crime and white-collar crime cases.

    His cases as state attorney general included a few criminal prosecutions of prostitution rings and into tourism involving prostitutes.

    In 2004, he was part of an investigation of an escort service in New York City that resulted in the arrest of 18 people on charges of promoting prostitution and related charges.

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    • #3
      Spitzer was the only Democrat I ever voted for in my life. You can't trust those people - ever.
      These people stop at Nothing !

      Death to IMBRA AND VAWA !

      God Bless America and no one else !!!

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      • #4
        roflol....

        Ethics reform... laughing my former GOP fanny off.

        Pride always comes before the fall. I maintain my theory that Cops and DA's like hanging out with criminals because they have so much in common.
        "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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        • #5
          gives new meaning to the term "dirtbag"....and politicians can't figure out why so few of us trust them.....

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          • #6
            I agree 100 % ! If he can't get laid for free as governor of New York, that is pretty pathetic. If I were governor I would be banging Scarlett Johansen and other starletts. I sure wouldn't be paying $5000. How could this guy be so desperate? !
            These people stop at Nothing !

            Death to IMBRA AND VAWA !

            God Bless America and no one else !!!

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            • #7
              <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Michaelthegreat:
              I agree 100 % ! If he can't get laid for free as governor of New York, that is pretty pathetic. If I were governor I would be banging Scarlett Johansen and other starletts. I sure wouldn't be paying $5000. How could this guy be so desperate? ! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
              Perhaps, this is your first client SOM. LOL
              "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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              • #8
                The bigger scandal is not that he had *** with a prostitute but he was the Governor of the third largest state, a rising star, and he was not banging Christine Agulara or Shakira or someone hot. If he had been caught doing that, I would feel proud as a New Yorker. But this is a disgrace. This is why I liked JFK; at least he was doing Marilyn Monroe; something to be proud of. And Jackie O was pretty hot too. Our politicians today are a pathetic bunch. Whats the point of being an elected official if you can't get really hot women without having to pay?
                These people stop at Nothing !

                Death to IMBRA AND VAWA !

                God Bless America and no one else !!!

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                • #9
                  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336688,00.html

                  New York Republicans Demand Eliot Spitzer's Resignation With Threat of Impeachment

                  Tuesday, March 11, 2008


                  March 10: New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer is joined by his wife Silda as he makes a statement to reporters.

                  NEW YORK "” New York Republicans will seek to impeach Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer if he does not resign within 48 hours, New York Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco told FOX News exclusively.

                  Spitzer's administration is reeling from reports that the one-term governor arranged for a prostitute at a Washington, D.C. hotel in February.

                  The increasing demands for Spitzer to step down came amid a new report that Spitzer could resign as soon as Tuesday evening. The Wall Street Journal report cited a person close to the governor.

                  Tedisco, speaking on FOX's "Hannity & Colmes" said: "We believe it is an illegal activity he has been involved with.

                  "We're going to give him 24 to 48 hours to do the right thing, and the right thing is to resign because he has been compromised. If that's not the case ... we're going to ask the speaker to start impeachment proceedings," Tedisco said Monday night.

                  A law enforcement official told The Associted Press Tuesday that the governor first came under suspicion because of cash payments from several bank accounts to an account operated by a call-girl ring.

                  Spitzer was the initial target of the investigation and was tracked using court-ordered wiretaps that appear to have recorded him arranging for a prostitute to meet him at a Washington hotel in mid-February, the official said.

                  The official spoke to The Associated Press condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

                  The scandal surrounding the man who built his political reputation on rooting out corruption stunned the state. Calls for Spitzer's resignation began immediately and intensified Tuesday with the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday all demanding that he step down.

                  "Hit the road, John ... and make it quick!" read the headline of the Daily News editorial, while the Post called him "NY's naked emperor."

                  Spitzer retreated from public view Monday afternoon, when he appeared glassy-eyed with his shellshocked wife, Silda, at his side and apologized to his family and the public, but did not directly acknowledge any involvement with the prostitute.

                  "I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my -- or any -- sense of right and wrong," he said. "I apologize to the public, whom I promised better."

                  Spitzer allegedly paid for the call girl to take a train from New York to Washington -- a move that opened the transaction up to federal prosecution because she crossed state lines. The governor has not been charged, and prosecutors would not comment on the case. A Spitzer spokesman said the governor has retained a large Manhattan law firm.

                  The case started when banks noticed the frequent transfers from several accounts and filed suspicious activity reports with the Internal Revenue Service, the law enforcement official told the AP. The accounts were traced back to Spitzer, prompting public corruption investigators to open an inquiry.

                  Attorney General Michael Mukasey was made aware of the investigation because it involved a high-ranking political official.

                  The inquiry found that Spitzer was a repeat customer with the Emperors Club VIP, a high-end prostitution service, the official said. In an affidavit filed in Manhattan federal court last week, Spitzer appeared as "Client 9," according to another law enforcement official who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

                  Client 9 wanted a high-priced prostitute named Kristen to come to Washington on a 5:39 p.m. train from Manhattan Feb. 13. The door to the hotel room would be left ajar. Train tickets, cab fare, room service, and the minibar were all on him.

                  "Yup, same as in the past. No question about it," the caller told Kristen's boss, when asked if he would make his payment to the same business as usual, a federal affidavit said. The client paid $4,300 to Kristen, touted by the escort service as a "petite, pretty brunette," according to the court papers.

                  The Feb. 13 tryst took place in the Mayflower hotel, where Spitzer rented a second room for the woman under another name, the law enforcement official who spoke to The AP on Tuesday said. Spitzer had to sneak past his State Police detail to get to her room, the official said.

                  According to the court papers, an Emperors Club agent was told by the prostitute that her evening with Client 9 went well. The agent said she had been told that the client "would ask you to do things that ... you might not think were safe ... very basic things," according to the papers, but Kristen responded by saying: "I have a way of dealing with that ... I'd be, like, listen dude, you really want the ***?"

                  Spitzer, a 48-year-old father of three teenage girls, was elected with a historic margin of victory, and took office Jan. 1, 2007, vowing to stamp out corruption in New York government in the same way that he took on Wall Street executives while state attorney general.

                  Spitzer's cases as attorney general included a few criminal prosecutions of prostitution rings and tourism involving prostitutes. He also uncovered crooked practices and self-dealing in the stock brokerage and insurance industries and in corporate board rooms; he went after former New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard Grasso over his $187.5 million compensation package.

                  Spitzer become known as the "Sheriff of Wall Street." Time magazine named him "Crusader of the Year," and the tabloids proclaimed him "Eliot Ness." The square-jawed graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law was sometimes mentioned as a potential presidential candidate.

                  Spitzer's term as governor has been fraught with problems, including an unpopular plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and a plot by his aides to smear his main Republican nemesis.

                  It would not be the first time that a high-profile politician became ensnared in a prostitution scandal. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana acknowledged in July that his Washington phone number was among those called several years ago by an escort service.

                  Scandals also recently derailed neighboring Connecticut Gov. John Rowland and New Jersey's Jim McGreevey. And Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being arrested last June in a Minneapolis airport restroom.

                  Attention turned to the state's lieutenant governor, David Paterson, who automatically becomes governor if Spitzer quits. There was no immediate comment from Paterson, who would become New York's first black governor.

                  There was no word on Spitzer's plans, but Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco said Tuesday he received a call Monday from Paterson.

                  Tedisco said Paterson raised the possibility of such a scenario by asking if Tedisco, who has been at odds with Spitzer, would be willing to start fresh with him.

                  "He called me to ask if we would give him the benefit of the doubt, and go forward," Tedisco said. "I told him we would.

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                  • #10
                    At least New York's Governor isn't *** like New Jersey !
                    These people stop at Nothing !

                    Death to IMBRA AND VAWA !

                    God Bless America and no one else !!!

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                    • #11
                      Spitzer - ANOTHER Hypocrite supporter of IMBRA !
                      These people stop at Nothing !

                      Death to IMBRA AND VAWA !

                      God Bless America and no one else !!!

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                      • #12
                        David Paterson the Lt. Governor of New York will take over. He didn't see this coming. He told the FBI that he didn't see anything.
                        These people stop at Nothing !

                        Death to IMBRA AND VAWA !

                        God Bless America and no one else !!!

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                        • #13
                          http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/...zer/index.html

                          'Deeply sorry,' Spitzer to step down by Monday


                          Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologizes Wednesday because, he said, he "did not live up to what was expected."


                          NEW YORK (CNN) -- Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday that he will step down from the state's top office, saying he cannot allow his "private failings to disrupt the public's work."

                          Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologizes Wednesday because, he said, he "did not live up to what was expected."

                          "I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me," he said in a brief news conference announcing his intention to resign, effective Monday. "I will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good."

                          He added, "Our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."

                          The announcement came as the New York governor faces allegations -- but no charges -- that he is tied to an international prostitution ring ensnared in a federal probe. Watch Spitzer say his "failings" led him to resign »

                          Spitzer's lawyers were in discussions Wednesday with the U.S. attorney's office in New York, trying to negotiate a plea deal to avoid prosecution, a source with knowledge of the discussions said.

                          However, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia in New York issued a statement saying, "There is no agreement between this office and Gov. Eliot Spitzer relating to his resignation or any other matter."

                          Spitzer, a former state attorney general whose reputation as a scourge of white-collar crime propelled him to the governor's office in 2006, has faced calls for his resignation since apologizing for a personal indiscretion Monday. He has not elaborated. See a timeline of Spitzer's life »

                          In his Wednesday announcement, Spitzer said, "Over the course of my public life, I have insisted -- I believe correctly -- that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself."


                          Spitzer *** Scandal
                          "Anderson Cooper 360?" goes inside the alleged prostitution ring.
                          Tonight, 10 ET

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                          On Monday, prosecutors unsealed an affidavit detailing a rendezvous in a Washington hotel room last month as part of a federal prostitution investigation. The affidavit refers only to "Client 9," but a source told CNN on Monday that the reference was to Spitzer. Sources said Spitzer spent more than $15,000 for several encounters with prostitutes. View a gallery of recent political *** scandals »

                          Both Republicans and Democrats have called for him to leave office.

                          "Eliot knows he cannot hold onto his job here. He might want to, but he is absolutely aware of his predicament," a Democratic source said Tuesday.

                          Paterson, 53, will become the first black governor in the state and the fourth in U.S. history. The former state Senate minority leader, who is legally blind, is the son of Basil Paterson, a longtime Democratic operative in New York City.

                          In a statement following Spitzer's announcement, Paterson called the governor a friend and said he was saddened by the news surfacing this week. Watch how details of the scandal are emerging on the Web »

                          "My heart goes out to him and to his family at this difficult and painful time," Paterson said. "It is now time for Albany to get back to work as the people of this state expect from us."

                          All About Spitzer
                          Time magazine names Spitzer "Crusader of the Year" during his two terms as New York attorney general.


                          Tabloids label him "Eliot Ness" because of his focus on corruption, white-collar criminals and organized crime.


                          He was an assistant district attorney in Manhattan in the 1980s and early '90s.


                          The first-term governor had been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.
                          Though he hasn't been charged with a crime, Spitzer has begun assembling a legal team. He has chosen Michele Hirshman as his lead attorney, said Madelaine Miller, a spokeswoman for Hirshman's law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Watch Spitzer's apology »

                          Hirshman, who was the first deputy attorney general under Spitzer when he was attorney general, also is a former assistant U.S. attorney who "served as chief of the Public Corruption Unit, where she led major investigations and prosecutions of government fraud and political and police corruption," according to the law firm's Web site.

                          Spitzer, 48, took office in January 2007 after eight years as the state's attorney general, rising to national prominence. He built his career on rooting out public corruption and became a national figure with a series of high-profile Wall Street investigations. He also prosecuted prostitution rings. Watch how Wall Street views Spitzer scandal »

                          Spitzer is married with three daughters.

                          Sources said a federal money-laundering investigation led agents to Spitzer. According to two sources, Spitzer hit the federal radar when a bank reported to the Internal Revenue Service that a significant amount of money had been suspiciously transferred from one account to another.

                          After receiving the IRS report last year, the FBI corruption squad linked the account transfers to a prostitution ring, according to various sources.

                          The FBI criminal division joined the inquiry to look into the prostitution ring, while the federal corruption team continued its investigation into Spitzer. Investigators are focusing on how Spitzer paid for the sexual encounters, what he may have done to conceal the movement and source of the money, and whether he broke any laws doing it, sources said.

                          Paterson would be state's first black governor
                          Source: Money transfers spurred Spitzer probe
                          Spitzer made name fighting Wall Street crime
                          The 47-page affidavit details arrangements for a nearly 2½-hour rendezvous between Client 9 and a prostitute -- identified only as "Kristen" -- at a Washington hotel in February.

                          A source identified the hotel as the Mayflower. Sources said Spitzer rented two rooms, one under the name of a political donor, George Fox. There Spitzer is said to have met with the prostitute from New York. Watch breakdown of key dates in Spitzer scandal »

                          The affidavit alleges that Client 9 paid for the prostitute to travel from New York to Washington. The Mann Act makes it a federal offense to take someone across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.

                          The Emperors Club, for which officials said the prostitute worked, charged between $1,000 and $5,500 an hour and operated in New York; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; London, England; and Paris, France, according to court papers released by prosecutors last week.

                          Authorities learned more about the inner workings of the prostitution ring by using wiretaps and accessing text messages, according to the affidavit.

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                          • #14
                            Paterson didn't see this coming
                            These people stop at Nothing !

                            Death to IMBRA AND VAWA !

                            God Bless America and no one else !!!

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                            • #15
                              <span class="ev_code_RED">Well Michael.. Patterson managed to see something coming..as his legal blind status has not posed any disability to him.. not even in the department of having affairs </span>


                              New Leader Emerges
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                              Hours after being sworn in as the new governor of New York on Monday, David Paterson and his wife Michelle told a newspaper that they'd both had affairs several years ago.
                              Paterson was sworn in almost exactly a week after allegations first surfaced that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was "Client 9" of a high-priced call girl service. <span class="ev_code_BLUE">Responding to rumors circulating in Albany, Paterson and his wife, Michelle, told the Daily News of New York City that both had affairs during a rough patch in their marriage several years ago.</span>

                              A spokesman for the governor did not immediately reply to requests for comment about Paterson's interview, which came hours after the governor assumed office with a message of unity. He became the state's first black chief executive and the nation's second legally blind governor.

                              "We move forward. Today is Monday. There is work to be done," Paterson said. "There was an oath to be taken. There's trust that needs to be restored. There are issues that need to be addressed."

                              Spitzer, according to ex-aides, was at his Columbia County farmhouse at the time of Paterson's swearing-in.

                              Where Spitzer's 14-month tenure was marked by partisan sniping, Paterson, a fellow Democrat, reached across the aisle in his remarks from the ornate Assembly chamber. The crowd gave the new governor a two-minute standing ovation and chanted "David! David! David!"

                              "What we are going to do from now on is what we always should have done all along," the former state senator said. "We're going to work together."

                              Legislators gave Paterson hearty applause when he called for cooperation, and laughs when he made playful jabs at Republican leaders.

                              He said of a dinner invitation from Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno, probably Spitzer's most bitter rival: "I'll go. I'm going to take my taster with me."

                              He teased Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, whom Spitzer famously and profanely said he would steamroll, that he would teach him how to play basketball. Tedisco, an upstate Republican, was a basketball star at Union College.

                              Paterson, 53, who becomes New York's 55th governor, has said he will get right to work. The Legislature faces an April 1 deadline to pass an estimated $124 billion budget, and Paterson also said that health care, education, jobs and problems facing "the single mother with two jobs" need immediate attention.

                              Before reluctantly accepting Spitzer's offer to run with him as lieutenant governor, Paterson was a Democratic state senator for more than two decades, representing parts of Harlem and Manhattan's Upper West Side.

                              His wife had tears in her eyes for most of the ceremony.

                              "Every time I hear David speak, I want to cry," she said afterward. "I'm just very happy I was able to live to see this day."

                              Politicians past and present, including presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and governors from three neighboring states, attended the ceremony.

                              Federal prosecutors must still decide whether to pursue charges against Spitzer. The married father of three teenage girls was accused of spending tens of thousands of dollars on prostitutes "” including a call girl in Washington the night before Valentine's Day.



                              <span class="ev_code_RED"> Now I know why he sounded a little bit toooooo sympathetic to Spitzer.</span>

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