Elliot Spitzer: Violating The Law Is NOT A Private Matter

by AMANDA MELILLO · March 10, 2008

elliot spitzerIn the classic twist to the political drama, our good governor Spitzer, the one who promised ethics reform, and busted at least two prostitution rings during his time as a public defender has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He just held a "press conference," which it was in name only, as he took no questions from reporters. He gave no indication if he intends to resign, only saying, "I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family." There is also no word on an indictment (don't believe Fox News, who prematurely reported that he WOULD be indicted), although the media salivates as they just wait for that announcement. Perhaps the most interesting part of his speech was this:

"We vowed 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 violated the obligations to my family and that 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 that I expect of myself."

Perhaps he did violate his sense of right and wrong by failing to live up to his own set of standards. But he also violated the law, and for a high-profile public official, that will never be a private matter.

[Elliot Spitzer's Prostitution Ring] ["The Emperor's Club"]