August 23rd, 2010
10:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Self-avowed madam who claims Spitzer ties is running for NY governor

Kristen Davis, a former madam who claims to have provided prostitutes to former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is now running for governor in New York.
Kristen Davis, a former madam who claims to have provided prostitutes to former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is now running for governor in New York.

New York (CNN) - A former madam who claims to have provided prostitutes to former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer says she is running as an independent candidate for governor.

Kristin Davis, one of eight candidates who secured positions on the November ballot by filing independent petitions, lists herself as the gubernatorial candidate of the Anti-Prohibition Party, according to the New York State Board of Elections.

"I am running on a platform of personal and economic freedom," Davis writes on her website. "I want to end the prohibition on marijuana, gay marriage and casino gambling to generate new revenues instead of raising taxes on already over-taxed New Yorkers."

On her website, Davis describes herself as "the ex-Madam who supplied call-girls for Eliot Spitzer when he was both Attorney General and Governor." She says she filed 22,000 voter signatures with the board of elections to get on the ballot.

According to the website, prior to starting an escort service she spent 10 years in finance and was vice president of a hedge fund.

Davis served four months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of promoting prostitution, according to her website.

Spitzer declined to comment on Davis' candidacy.

Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 after it was revealed he visited a high-priced prostitute

It was announced in June that Spitzer will co-host a nightly discussion program on CNN starting this fall.


Filed under: 2010 • Eliot Spitzer • New York
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. zz

    A prostitute as a Governor...can't be worse than what they have now.

    August 23, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. Barry

    She may be running as a independent but she has to a far left independent, close to the Professional left's ideas. This should create somewhat of a circus atmosphere in the race. With the platform she's running on she probably chose the wrong year to start her political career.

    August 23, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Willie

    Finally! Someone with common-sense on how to generate revenue!

    You will NOT stop people from prostitution or the use of marijuana so regulate it, tax it, legislate it, and earn money off of it!

    If the entire country would legalize and regulate these two things, the following would happen:
    – Mexico drug cartels would lose a HUGE portion of their profits and reasons for invading this country with their drugs and personnel.
    – South border violence would decrease and the threat against our own country would lessen.
    – If properly controlled, like the other widely-used drug called alcohol, it would generate a substantial form of income for the entire union.
    – Lessen the burden on our prison system by jailing people for these petty crimes.
    – Lessen crime in our cities for these activities, because they are currently forced underground instead of out in-the-open and regulated.

    August 23, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ahhhhh, there is no publicity like free publicity....

    August 23, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Richard Komi

    While I think anybody can file to run for the office of governor, It is appalling for some one to say I am the ex madam that supplied call girls to the former governor. When will wirdos like this woman stop bringing down political system. And by the way leave Elliot Spitzer alone. The man is trying to put his life together again. His shortcoming is nothing new and should not be sensationalized all the time. Aside from his mistake, Spitzer is one of the most intelligent people to ever hold public office. Enough is enough of the Spitzer issue.

    August 23, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. bennie new york

    Hey, if Spitzer can get back into politics, I don't see why his whore supplier can't run for his old job.

    August 23, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. Earl Hatleberg

    o my god. not another reality show aspirant....

    August 24, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. Bob of Lompoc

    I like and agree with her Tax Platform – tax "sin", not citizens. My support ends there. Is this what is meant by the term "painted woman"?

    August 24, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Mme. Davis has some good points.

    August 24, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Aaron

    I hope that she wins by some miracle. At least she doesn't pretend to be something she's not. She's obviously not a politician.

    August 24, 2010 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  11. Monrob

    Why? She already is "a public servant."

    August 24, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. Why not

    The Madam is a natural politician – but she is not advocating for the VAT (Value Added Tax) that would tax prostitution revenues.

    August 24, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "I am running on a platform of personal and economic freedom."

    Excellent! We need more people like Ms Davis!

    Between the neo-cons attacking personal freedom by trying to append the Christian bible to the Constitution, and the Dems attacking economic freedom by taxing everything and everyone into State-dependent penury, freedom is becoming a scarce commodity in the US.

    August 24, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Common Cents

    "Miss Independent!" She has my vote.....

    August 24, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. BradKT

    22,000 voter signatures to get on the ballot?

    That's a lot of satisfied former clients.

    August 24, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nothing against the oldest profession in the world and it's purveyors, but......you're kidding me right?!

    Where's the camera hidden?

    August 24, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  17. DAS

    And they talk about sleazy politics in NJ???

    August 24, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. terry,va

    Better to know that you are voting for a whore when you vote rather than find out later....ie: LA, NE

    August 24, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  19. Doraine Gordon

    Get on out there, Baby. If these stupid American voters will follow Sarah Palin thy will follow anything.

    August 24, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  20. Byrd

    Botox gone bad and has affected brain...

    August 24, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. No One's Home Boy

    Maybe she can put her escorts in the State Department of Revenue...Finally you can get screwed for your taxes rather than just getting screwed.

    But hey...Legalized reefer, gambling, gay marriage... Build it and they will come...

    August 24, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Gary

    Maybe Elliot Spitzer can give her a few "pointers"...

    August 24, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. David

    I'll vote for her. She can't be any worse the politicians we have now. She is also better looking than the politicians we have now.

    August 24, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. marie

    Yeah the tramp speaks!!!! If NYC votes for her God Help them! Maybe she can sleep her way to all votes she wants.

    August 24, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. Tim

    When did "Kris" have her operation?

    August 24, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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