I don't know how prominent the news is outside of New York State, but today, our governor announced that he's in trouble because he likes high priced whores. Within minutes of the announcement today, everyone in the office went batshit and they all want him to resign. It's crazy. Here's the story from today's Times Union:
Spitzer involved with prostitution ring
| By JAMES M. ODATO, Capitol bureau |
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Last updated: 5:46 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2008
| ALBANY -- Amid reports that he was the client of a high-priced prostitution ring, Gov. Eliot Spitzer today publicly apologized and said he violated the trust of his family and the public.|
With his wife, Silda, by his side, Spitzer, a father of three, offered no details, nor did he give any indication that he planned to resign.
"I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family, and violates my, or any sense, of right and wrong," Spitzer said, saying he "failed to live up to the standard I have set for myself."
Spitzer, a Democrat in the second year of a troubled first term of office, may be turning over his responsibilities to Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who was seen rushing from the Capitol early this morning. Spitzer had canceled a series of public meetings today.
Republican Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco said that if the allegations are true, Spitzer should resign. Spitzer, who would not take questions at the news conference, said he planned to continue the work he'd started but needed time right now to regain his family's trust.
The governor, according to law enforcement sources, apparently was ``Client 9,'' a wealthy man with a stocked account to hire expensive call girls from the Emperors Club VIP. The individual is not identified by name in an affidavit from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York last week.
According to affidavit obtained by the Times Union, prosecutors say that operators of the alleged sex-for-hire service were recorded in wire taps as having secured $4,300 from Client 9 after he finished a roughly two-hour hotel meeting with one of the company's alleged prostitutes at a Washington, D.C. hotel.
Most of the money was for the evening with the woman, and about $1,500 was left over for the "next time" to fuel an account that had been opened previously.
The affidavit notes that the client was a repeat customer who was known to propose unsafe activities.
He had just about $2,600 left in his account as tried to secure the services of the woman for Valentine's Day eve in a Washington, D.C., hotel room, even though she cost at least $1,000 an hour.
Spitzer, according to accounts of his travel in February and his staff, flew aboard a state plane from Buffalo to Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13 and gave testimony the next day before the House Committee on Financial Services.
Client 9 met ``Kristen'' in a hotel room after 10 p.m. on Feb. 13, and she left about midnight, reporting back to her bosses of a successful meeting with a man.
In the affidavit Client 9 of the Emperor's Club VIP was set up with the prostitute after he had several conversations about his account.
A person named ``Rachel,'' identified as Temeka Rachelle Lewis, allegedly called a prostitute named Kristen to prepare to take a train from New York City to Washington if Client 9's deposit arrived on time.
The federal investigators, who included the public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorneys office and the Internal Revenue Service, tracked calls during the first quarter of the year.
They found that Client 9 and Lewis had to arrange for Kristen to pick up her fees for services plus some extra cash from Client 9 to keep the account alive after the alleged tryst in a room in Washington.
Lewis and Client 9 also had to work out how Kristen would enter Room 871. Client 9 arranged for the door to be left ajar.
Soliciting and obtaining services of a prostitute is a crime in Washington, D.C., according to police.