The Eliot Spitzer - Bill Clinton Factor: Voters, do you care if your politician cheats on a spouse?

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Meet Client 9, also known as New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. According to The New York Times, Gov. Spitzer was "identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9." (More here)

I'll give Gov. Spitzer the first word on the matter. According to the NYT:

"Mr. Spitzer today made a brief public appearance during which he apologized for his behavior, and described it as a “private matter.

“I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong,” said Mr. Spitzer, who appeared with his wife Silda at his Manhattan office. “I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better.”

“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.”

My jaw is on the floor -- a man who gained public office by prosecuting prostitution rings among other crimes has now been revealed as a john? And being caught in the act via federal wiretap is the reason he has his public tearful moment, wifey in hand, and calls himself on the carpet for breaking federal and state law, not to mention his own marriage vows? (Although, hey, maybe they had an 'arrangement'? She sure doesn't look like was a mutual agreement. I want to give her a hug.)

Bottomline: I'm sick and tired of men who gain public office via their big brains and then let their little brains go party. I'm not a New York voter, but if Mr. Spitzer can rationalize breaking the law in order to step out on the woman he supposedly holds most dear, can he rationalize doing anything to and with any of the rest of us?

Tell me:
- Do you think a public official's private life should be public knowledge? Do ethics in personal life affect ethics on the job?
- Do you care if a public official cheats on a spouse?
- Do you care more/less if an official breaks the law as Gov. Spitzer apparently did?
- Hey, Lisa, lighten up - Spitzer's the victim of a partisan attack and everybody does it
- Hey, Lisa, you're right - Spitzer should resign. Here's another hug for Silda.

Related links:

Althouse: "So run out of the room and slam the door. There will be no sympathy."

Feministe: "Say it ain't so, Spitz!"

Gina Cobb: "Help choose Eliot Spitzer's next career..."

Photo credit: Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company


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