America’s worst governor linked to hookers? Update: The Emperor’s Club? Update: Spitzer to resign? Update: Spitzer apologizes; Update: Caught on federal wiretap; Update: Video added; no resignation; Update: Not indicted; Update: Hillary scrubs website of Spitzer references; Update: New details

posted at 2:23 pm on March 10, 2008 by Allahpundit

First the illegal licenses debacle, then the Internet tax proposal, now this.

Wife and kids, so schadenfreude isn’t in order.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He is set to make an announcement about 2:15 this afternoon at his Manhattan office.

Mr. Spitzer, a first-term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform and end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children…

Mr. Spitzer gained national attention when he served as attorney general with his relentless pursuit of Wall Street wrongdoing. As attorney general, he also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.

Nice to have a sex scandal for once that doesn’t involve a Republican, eh? He’s due to speak any minute. Video coming. Stand by.

Update: Flip coins a phrase.

Update: Not yet confirmed, but the word from the New York Sun is that the ring in question is the Emperor’s Club, which was indicted last week. The timing of Spitzer’s announcement suggests he’s trying to beat them to the punch. Here’s the website. Which lucky lady or ladies will be the subject of a Barbara Walters special going forward?

Update: Prosecutors in the Emperor’s Club case say some of the women charged $5,500 an hour. How did Spitz come up with that bread?

Update: Incredible. Fox News says “sources” claim Spitzer’s on his way out. Mind you, this was a guy touted as a potential Democratic presidential nominee not long ago.

Update: Lawhawk e-mails to say that Spitz’s father is a real estate mogul so $5,500 an hour isn’t out of the question.

Update: Spitz is a Hillary superdelegate. Think she’ll be getting any awkward questions over this about high-profile politicians who cheat on their wives?

Update: Man, is this moving fast. Now sources tell Fox that Spitzer’s been indicted. Some new details from the Times story:

The governor’s travel records show that he was in Washington in mid-February. One of the clients described in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, the Emperors Club VIP on the night of Feb. 13.

Mr. Spitzer appeared on a CNBC television show at 7 a.m. the next morning. Later in the morning, he testified before a Congressional committee.

An affidavit filed in federal court in Manhattan in connection with that case lists six conversations between the man, identified as Client 9, and a booking agent for the Emperors Club.

Update: Here’s the Fox News story claiming that Spitzer plans to resign.

Update: There was supposed to be a press conference at 2:15 but MM e-mails to say she’s seen nothing more than a brief livestream on the local NY stations of Spitzer apologizing without admitting culpability. Here’s her impromptu transcript:

“I apologize to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better…I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family”…No questions. No reference to the prostitution ring. No reference to resigning. No reference to indictment.

Update: Still more from the Times. Sloppy.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation.

The wiretap recording, made during an investigation of a prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP, captured a man 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 room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9…

The affidavit says that Client 9 met with the woman in hotel room 871 but does not identify the hotel. Mr. Spitzer stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Feb. 13, according to a source who was told of his travel arrangements. Room 871 at the Mayflower Hotel that evening was registered under the another name.

Update: Via Slublog, the worst may be yet to come. Note the reference to unsafe practices.

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Update: Here’s the video. No resignation.

Update: Cavuto is reporting now that the resignation will come later today.Update: Sloppiness by Fox — it looks like Spitzer hasn’t been indicted but merely named as one of the clients in the indictment against the ringleaders of the prostitution ring. Indictment coming under the Mann Act, perhaps? Stay tuned.

Update (Ed): This turned into a hot topic on the Ed Morrissey Show this afternoon, with Jazz Shaw contributing updates. CBS corroborates Cavuto — and says that David Paterson could be governor by 7 pm tonight.

Update: Radar reports that Hillary’s campaign site is suddenly Spitzer-free.

Update: Via Townhall, “Big deal,” says Dershowitz.

Update: The Times scours the FBI affidavit for details on “Client 9’s” rendezvous with “Kristen.” He’d used the service before, it seems, and was interested in pre-paying for his next appointment.


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Moving on – if there are dogs, whips or chains involved, is it okay to make Abu Ghraib comparisons? :)

Buy Danish on March 10, 2008 at 6:22 PM

THAT is a clever comment!

William2006 on March 11, 2008 at 7:04 AM

At $4,300 a pop, did Client 9 have to use State funds to pay Kristen for her “services”? If so, this is no longer a “private” matter–New York taxpayers are entitled to a refund!

Or they are each entitled to a one hour session with ‘Kristen.’

txsurveyor on March 11, 2008 at 8:21 AM

While this whole thing is very sad for the Spitz’s family, you have to admit parts of it are downright comical. For instance, the man had a credit!!!! A credit for a prostitution ring!!!!????!!!! Who in their right mind would have a credit and what could it have been for? What next, a gift card????? Also, these are supposed to be “high class” prostitutes??? Kristen sounds anything but. Not sure she’s diamond rated, sounds more like a Cubic Zirconium. Cheap.

bloggless on March 11, 2008 at 8:49 AM

(Phil Ken Sebben voice) HA HA! “Blowback”.

Spanglemaker on March 11, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Blogless:

Buy nine ‘sessions’, get the tenth free!

DngrMse on March 11, 2008 at 9:14 AM

One question, Big A… If Spitzer quits or is thrown out, can the proper balance of the nature be restored and New Jersey once again claim the title of America’s Worst Governor?

gridlock2 on March 11, 2008 at 9:25 AM

DngrMse on March 11, 2008 at 9:14 AM

How about a “a frequent flyer program”?

Earn unlimited sessions using your point balance!!!!*
*usual restrictions and blackout dates apply

bloggless on March 11, 2008 at 9:50 AM

If Spitzer resigns can we bestow the “America’s Worst Governor” mantle on Illinois governor Rod Blago? I can’t think of a worthier official.

bspoogeferd on March 11, 2008 at 9:59 AM

There’s one point people seem to be missing:

HE HAS FREAKIN’ HUGE EARS!!!

This guy could be called DUMBO for a number of reasons…

barry norris on March 11, 2008 at 10:04 AM

*usual restrictions and blackout dates apply

bloggless on March 11, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Restrictions, like in restraints?

Darksean on March 11, 2008 at 10:05 AM

HE HAS FREAKIN’ HUGE EARS!!!

Lovehandles?

CBarker on March 11, 2008 at 10:08 AM

When is this scumbag going to freaking resign?

And I kinda wonder why Silda married him. She is a very attractive women. I wonder where they met…

upinak on March 11, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Why isn’t schadenfreude in order? It may be too bad for
the wife and kids, but when a sanctimonious hypocrite is brought down, it is always a great day, and a little happiness is called for.

mitchmcc on March 11, 2008 at 10:29 AM

If I was his wife, I would rather undergo waterboarding than this. Torture is a good word for what his family is going through.

It is definitely true that testosterone damages the brain and overrides the ego and superego. Risky behavior is a plus in war, but nowhere else.

eaglesdontflock on March 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM

If the roles were reversed, would any red-blooded MALE allow his wife to drag him in front of those cameras, yesterday?

I wouldn’tve been caught DEAD in that position.

So, I’m not shedding ONE tear.

franksalterego on March 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

You have a nice link to an article by Slate that analysis the real website for this company, yet you continue to link to the wrong website in your post here:

Update: Not yet confirmed, but the word from the New York Sun is that the ring in question is the Emperor’s Club, which was indicted last week. The timing of Spitzer’s announcement suggests he’s trying to beat them to the punch. Here’s the website. Which lucky lady or ladies will be the subject of a Barbara Walters special going forward?

The correct website as Slate and others have posted is: http://www.EmperorsClubVIP.com and it looks like the other site had to be taken down finally after so many linked to the wrong one.

JeffinSac on March 11, 2008 at 11:26 AM

I’m not sure if anyone caught Hannity and Colmes. When talking about Mrs. Spitzer standing by him at the press conference, Allan Colmes said (jokingly) that his wife told him that if he ever did anything like this, she would be holding her own press conference tearing him apart.

AverageJoe on March 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM

I feel for the daughters of Spitz but not the wife, she is not just a pretty homemaker but another bulldog for abortion, lib lawyer enabler of spitz that stands by her man no matter what he does…just like the Billary agreement, the Spitzer’s will do anything to anybody for their own powertrip!

el Vaquero on March 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM

I believe that he arrogantly announced to the world that his words and promises have no validity. His physical desires are more important to him than any oath/covenant he has made with anyone. Its all about “ME” and what “I” need.

No, he told his wife that he couldn’t be bothered by her needs.


BTW, his apology was not for what he did, it was for getting caught! What ever eventually comes out of this, is less than what he deserves.

belad on March 11, 2008 at 12:12 PM

If the roles were reversed, would any red-blooded MALE allow his wife to drag him in front of those cameras, yesterday?

franksalterego on March 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Sure. I do all sorts of things for my wife that aren’t much fun–shopping, entertaining in-laws, etc. If she were in a situation where she might lose her career or face criminal charges I’d step up. Family comes first. Circle the wagons, fight off the press, handle the legal problems and make sure the kids are OK. After that decide if the marriage is still worth it.

dedalus on March 11, 2008 at 12:21 PM

One question, Big A… If Spitzer quits or is thrown out, can the proper balance of the nature be restored and New Jersey once again claim the title of America’s Worst Governor?

gridlock2 on March 11, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Nope. That still belongs to gov of WA

ConservativePartyNow on March 11, 2008 at 1:36 PM

If I was his wife, I would rather undergo waterboarding than this. Torture is a good word for what his family is going through.

It is definitely true that testosterone damages the brain and overrides the ego and superego. Risky behavior is a plus in war, but nowhere else.

eaglesdontflock on March 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Spitzer earns more than $1.5MM a year from his father’s business and interest on investments. He also lives rent-free in one of his father’s buildings in NYC. Who knows what their marriage is like, but she did get someone who could financially provide for her children and who, until yesterday, had a successful career.

Testosterone and risk are part of many competitive environments. Maybe Spitzer was trying to take his mind off his testosterone by hiring the escort the night before his congressional testimony on the 14th.

dedalus on March 11, 2008 at 2:40 PM

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