Video: Spitzer gets teary-eyed over “pain” of scandal

posted at 12:41 pm on July 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Did he cry, or didn’t he?  Eliot Spitzer appeared on Morning Joe today to explain why he thinks he should be taken seriously as a candidate for New York City comptroller — he knows how to invest funds, he’s had serious success in governing public assets, and so on.  Mika Brzezinski follows up by asking him how he’s truly changed since the scandal that unseated him in 2008, and what’s made him different.  Spitzer gets a little choked up when he answers that it’s the pain that changed him, which isn’t exactly what Brzezinski wanted (via Weekly Standard and BuzzFeed):

Mika Brzezinski: How are you different than you were five, six years ago? What has changed, personally, of who you are?

Eliot Spitzer: A lot of pain. A lot of pain.

Mika: That’s it?

Spitzer: Yeah, you got through that pain and you change.

Both TWS and BF seem to suggest that Spitzer’s trying a little too hard to cry here, but John Podhoretz just comes out and says it on Twitter:

I don’t know if Spitzer’s near-tears are genuine or not, and frankly, it’s beside the point.  Mika’s reaction of “That’s it?” comes to the real point.  Don’t forget that Spitzer’s transgression, unlike that of Anthony Weiner, was a public breach of trust.  Spitzer had won political office in part by campaigning on his prior prosecution of lower-priced prostitution rings, loudly demanding more power to target human trafficking they represented, all the while enjoying the favors of higher-priced prostitution rings.  What Weiner did was weird and should be a personal disqualification for public office, but what Spitzer did as governor with responsibility for law enforcement was a violation of the law, as well as a massive example of personal and official hypocrisy.

The answer to Mika’s question should have addressed that issue.  Instead, it’s still all about Spitzer, which should be a big red flag to voters in New York City.

Update: The Wall Street Journal reminds us that this isn’t the only abuse of power that New Yorkers should recall:

He is no doubt hoping that New Yorkers have forgotten that even before his use of prostitutes forced him to resign in 2008 (see “Notable & Quotable” nearby), his popularity was falling thanks to his abuse of power. His staff had been caught using New York’s state police to gather dirt on a political adversary. Mr. Spitzer, who as a candidate promised to reform Albany, had quickly become its most disturbing symbol, a man who would destroy opponents for his own political agenda.

This was the same Eliot Spitzer who as Attorney General called John Whitehead after the former Goldman Sachs chairman published an article on this page defending former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg. “I will be coming after you,” Mr. Spitzer said, according to Mr. Whitehead’s account. “You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done.” …

After he used the threat of a corporate indictment and death penalty to force AIG’s board to fire Mr. Greenberg, the new management made the giant mortgage bets that would inflame the financial crisis. Shareholders also suffered greatly when Mr. Spitzer forced a management decapitation at insurance broker Marsh & McLennan and installed as CEO Mike Cherkasky, a nice guy who knew nothing about insurance. …

To this day, Mr. Spitzer is encouraging the AG’s office to resist a judge’s order to search Mr. Spitzer’s private emails for communications related to AIG and Mr. Spitzer’s contacts with the media. An appeal of the judge’s order is scheduled for argument in September. A true public servant would insist on transparency for such documents that clearly aren’t privileged. But Mr. Spitzer knows that the methods he used to attack prominent New Yorkers would not look better in the sunlight.

This is the Spitzer political method, yet now he wants control of New York City’s pension funds. Normally we wouldn’t care much about a candidate for NYC comptroller, but putting this guy back in any job with discretionary power would be like putting Dennis Kozlowski back in charge of Tyco.


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He knows how to invest funds alright!

happytobehere on July 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Did client number nine use public funds for his $5000 a night hooker fests?

Because that would take a nuclear kind of democrat stupid to make him controller.

jukin3 on July 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

“I feel my pain,” he sorrowfully ejaculated.

spiritof61 on July 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Oh, boo hoo hoo! He’s crying for himself.

Blake on July 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Please, just go away.

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Chicago must be booked solid!

Shy Guy on July 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

ROFL That was pathetic.

But New Yorkers will soak it up and probably start crying themselves, then elect this jackwad in a landslide.

Bishop on July 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

This guy is scum so why does anybody even acknowledge his existence?

rplat on July 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

This from the guy who threatened to use his office to retaliate against one of his political opponants. I believe the quote was “I’m a steamroller baby and I will roll right over you”.

tommyboy on July 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

He grieves that he got caught.

portlandon on July 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Can’t stand this guy! So gross! Yuck

bluegill on July 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Spitzer gets teary-eyed over “pain” of scandal

Is it stinging pain during urination, or more of a constant throbbing pain?

forest on July 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Spitzer gets teary-eyed over “pain” of scandal

Nothing a shot of penicillin won’t cure.

portlandon on July 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Spit got Choked up because he was thinking how
much he’d have to shell out for Mika….

ToddPA on July 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Hey, Eliot Spitzer–hire my six year-old, she’ll teach you how to fakey-cry for $200 an hour.

Or Jimmy Swaggart could teach him.
Ol’ Jimmy would do anything for money.

itsnotaboutme on July 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Meh

Eliot Spitzer is your typical Northern Democrat. What does anyone really expect from a lib like that? Honesty? Integrity? Shame? Contriteness? Oh please.

Shame on you if you believe his crap.

HotAirian on July 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Just another slug in a long line of slugs.New Yorkers seem to love their slugs.

docflash on July 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Eliot Spitzer: A lot of pain. A lot of pain.

Mika: That’s it?

Spitzer: Yeah, you got through that pain and you change.

Pain is nothing more than a consequence of being a pervert. It doesn’t change you.

I see nothing in Spitzer’s answer that seems genuine, real, or contrite. If he was shedding tears it was because he is recalling losing the big fancy office, the perqs of being governor, and the talk of Presidential aspirations.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

WOW… I am so touched… He is forgiven and he should be rewarded with the presidency in 2016… (extreme sarcasm)…

mnjg on July 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

fuhgeddaboudit…

d1carter on July 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Crocodile tears because he got caught… If NY elects him, they deserve him…

Khun Joe on July 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

His staff had been caught using New York’s state police to gather dirt on a political adversary.

So Eliot fits right in with the modern Fascist-Democratic Party.

rbj on July 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

So Spitzer used NY State funds to prosecute cheap prostitutes, and used NY State funds to satisfy himself with expensive prostitutes. So why should the average Joe (or John) in NYC vote for a guy who will take his money and drive up the price of sex?

Do New Yawkahs really want their tax and pension money put (literally) into Ashley Dupree?

Steve Z on July 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

He grieves that he got caught.

portlandon on July 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Yup.

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I don’t get these people. If I was filthy rich, I would enjoy my gazillions and also use it to set up various charities. If I had business acumen, I would help the disadvantage in starting businesses or create businesses and jobs myself. Instead, it’s always about them wanting fame and power. The hell with them.

Blake on July 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Must be money to made as Comptroller…

d1carter on July 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

This reminds me a little of a scene in Jerry Maguire when Rod and Jerry are sitting in an airport watching Roy Firestone interview some football player. The player had recently had some “off-field problems,” and he starts crying, saying, “People don’t know the kind of problems that come with making $54 million.”

In Spitzer’s case, no crocodile was available for comment.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Both he and Weiner-pants are shoo-ins in that blue-world hell hole as long as they have ‘Ds’ after their names.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

More video of Spitzer crying….

portlandon on July 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Spitzer and Weiner and others should get a clue from John Profumo:

Shortly after his resignation Profumo began to work as a volunteer cleaning toilets at Toynbee Hall, a charity based in the East End of London, and continued to work there for the rest of his life.[1] Peter Hitchens has written that Profumo “vanished into London’s East End for 40 years, doing quiet good works”.[13] Profumo “had to be persuaded to lay down his mop and lend a hand running the place”, eventually becoming Toynbee Hall’s chief fundraiser, and used his political skills and contacts to raise large sums of money. All this work was done as a volunteer, since Profumo was able to live on his inherited wealth. His wife, the actress Valerie Hobson, also devoted herself to charity until her death in 1998. In the eyes of most commentators, Profumo’s charity work redeemed his reputation. The social reform campaigner Lord Longford said he “felt more admiration [for Profumo] than [for] all the men I’ve known in my lifetime”.[citation needed]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Profumo

Blake on July 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Spitzer gets a little choked up when he answers

fake tears now known as a Spitzer spritzer

DanMan on July 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

It’s painful when you get caught. Obviously not painful enough.

ghostwalker1 on July 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Nice socks.

Bmore on July 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Exactly, it wasn’t just the man who prosecuted prostitution cases that he frequented himself, it was everything in the Wall Street Journal article that should also keep him from office. The guy is a bully and a hypocrite. Move on, New Yorkers!

scalleywag on July 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Ok. Feels pain. Has tears. Electable.

Tsar of Earth on July 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Mika Brzezinski follows up by asking him how …

…much he thought she could get for her ‘services’.

Dexter_Alarius on July 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Meh.

Another career politician feigning sincerity. And he’s not particularly good at it either.

But he’ll win the election because Democrats are neither informed, intelligent, or ethical.

UltimateBob on July 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

He’s a lucky guy. Most of us are shackled with those nasty little things like ethics, humility, guilt and shame. But not ol’ Spitz-ey boy! Just the man for the job!

sgtstogie on July 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Tough crowd. LULZ

kim roy on July 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM