Archive for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

NY governor may have spent $80,000 on call-girl ring

March 12, 2008


— With pressure mounting on Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign over a call-girl scandal, investigators said Tuesday he was clearly a repeat customer who spent tens of thousands of dollars - perhaps as much as $80,000 - with the high-priced prostitution service over an extended period of time.

Spitzer and his family, meanwhile, remained secluded in their Fifth Avenue apartment, while Republicans began talking impeachment, and few if any fellow Democrats came forward to defend him. A death watch of sorts began at the state Capitol, where whispers of "What have you heard?" echoed through nearly every hallway of the ornate, 109-year-old building.

On Monday, when the scandal broke, prosecutors said in court papers that Spitzer had been caught on a wiretap spending $4,300 with the Emperors Club VIP call-girl service, with some of the money going toward a night with a prostitute named Kristen, and the rest to be used as credit toward future trysts. The papers also suggested that Spitzer had done this before.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a law enforcement official said Tuesday that Spitzer, in fact, had spent tens of thousands of dollars with the Emperors Club. Another official said the amount could be as high as $80,000. But it was not clear over what period of time that was spent.

Still another law enforcement official said investigators found that during the tryst with Kristen on the night before Valentine's Day, Spitzer used two rooms at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington - one for himself, the other for the prostitute. Around 10 p.m., Spitzer sneaked away from his security detail and went to the room where she was waiting, the official said.


cato_the_elder 10 years, 1 month ago

Solomon, great post. No apologies are needed.

cato_the_elder 10 years, 1 month ago

I would add...

Scandal, period: Highly ambitious New York politician who has wanted to be President since junior high school; gets elected Attorney General of New York on his way to bigger and better things; announces to all that he's the cop who's going to "clean up" Wall Street; with complete and total arrogance, works to destroy anyone who it is convenient for him to say "breaks the law," including prostitution rings; coerces settlements from companies that choose to settle rather than pay the legal costs associated with fighting gaggles of government lawyers; repeatedly announces that any "lawbreakers" who cross his sights will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; builds his political resume on his zealous commitment to "law and order;" gets elected Governor on his way to bigger and better things; uses his office to spy on a Republican member of the state legislature; is caught breaking the law himself, having done so repeatedly; and ultimately resigns his position as Governor, demonstrating that regardless of his academic credentials, the admissions folks at Princeton and Harvard some years ago made a big mistake.

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 1 month ago

Finally! A working definition of morality! If you agree with Solomon, you are moral. If you disagree with him, you are amoral! Tens of thousands of years of agonizing finally over!

We gotta get you a website buddy. This is going to be huge.

Kyle Reed 10 years, 1 month ago

I couldn't care less the amount he spent. He broke the law among other things. That is the only thing that matters about this story.

WHY 10 years, 1 month ago

Poor guy was so out of touch with the common man. He thought milk cost $12 a gallon and a hooker went for $4000. How about the Christian right forgiving him for his sin.

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