March 11th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Is scandal enough to sink Spitzer for good?


CNN's Jason Carroll reports New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is on the hot seat. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CNN) - Before Monday, Eliot Spitzer was a rising star in the Democratic Party - his squeaky-clean image as a corruption buster led to his being mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate and possibly even a future White House contender.

Now, after federal investigators have linked the New York governor to a top-dollar prostitution ring, political advisers are split over whether Spitzer has any political future at all.

"There's no way he can survive it," said Ed Rollins, a Republican political consultant and adviser to former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. "All the facts aren't out there, but as they're being reported, there's no way you can survive.

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  1. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    Any public official who breaks the law should go. PERIOD.

    March 11, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. AJP Richardson, TX

    Mr. Spitzer should resign immediately.

    Not only did he shame his family, he has probably broken the law.

    In Texas when you pay for sex you are breaking the law. Isn't the same true in New York?

    I am a loyal Democrat but in this case they should throw the book at him.

    March 11, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. Mike in Houston

    Years of credibilty are gone. He is more corrupt than the individuals he went after as NY AG. They didn't hold the public trust. Spitzer did. He must go.

    March 11, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Mike, TX

    NOW we know why Billy C. wanted to move to New York....the picture is SO clear now!

    March 11, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Tommy O, Grand Rapids MI

    Why should he resign? If Ted Kennedy can commit drunken murder and leave the scene of the crime without going to prison, why should a guy get in trouble for having a Clinton-esque extra-marital affair? Let's treat everyone the same, not grant special treatment to those who espouse the leftist ideals and persecute those who dissent.

    March 11, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Patz

    hmmm..... Mrs. Spitzer looks so sad.. what a tragic situation for her and the children. If she stays with him, she would be considered a very strong and deserving woman to be President one day... dontchathink?

    March 11, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |



    March 11, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Felton.."from around the way"

    ...must have been hanging around Bill !!!

    March 11, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. D R

    I'm afraid It's just the tip of the iceberg, and YES it should sink him, as it should have sunk the Clinton's.

    March 11, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. jw, canadian,ok

    Ed Rollins? Advisor to Mike Huckabee? C'mon CNN.

    March 11, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Erica, Atlanta

    My question is: How in the world do they get their wives to "stand" up there with them? That's so werid to me. I'm thinking, maybe she told him to get a professional, because she's wasn't going to do what he wanted to do. But why do they stand up there?? That doesn't make them seem strong and loyal..they look STUPID. (there's no other word for it)

    March 11, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. gary

    We all are human before anything else.He is not the only politician etc. caught doing something against the job. If the people can look in their own back yards and say their clean .Give me a break. I think if he does good still for N.y. ,he shouldnt resiegn. You should be worried about Obama and his corruptions he keeps in denial about. A president is far from a mayor.

    March 11, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Gail

    Time for Spitzer to suck it up. He was wrong and thats it. He should ask God for forgiveness then ask his wife for forgiveness. Then move on.

    March 11, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Soothsayer

    I don't think he should be allowed to stay in office. He has commited a Federal Crime ( Mann act) and this is hypocritical since he was a prosecutor against people committing those crimes. It sets a bad example since he is supposed to be held to a higher standard. He should also lose his super delegate status. his judgement is grossly impaired.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Pat M Canada

    My heart goes out to his wife and daughters. I think her face in the above picture says it all. I doubt she or her daughters had any inkling Spitzer might be involved in such an unbecoming business racket. So the shock alone of your husband and father maybe having a side you don't know or could ever imagined, is an enormous shock.

    Given the whole story and all the facts are not out yet. I don't feel anyone should afix a guilty on Spitzer's forehead yet.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Nauret

    Again, another woman standing behind a man that let her down.

    March 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Leila

    There is really a twofold solution to this...

    (1) Recall Spitzer. He's done nothing substantial for NY except get into scandal after scandal in his administration, or

    (2) Spitzer must resign. He has no clout anymore that he can reform Albany. Especially after he said it was a cesspool and he would utilize his mandate to clean it up, he's made a bigger mess of it with his abusive power and blatant disregard to the rules.

    Typical Democrats. Always ignoring the rules. See Bill Clinton, New Jersey, Florida, the 2008 primaries with Florida and Michigan delegates, etc.

    And before anyone gets on me for Republicans, they're no saints either: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Larry Craig, etc.

    March 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Jeanne

    Please remove my comment immediately!!! This is the last time I will give my trust to CNN, forever!

    March 11, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. Soothsayer

    I agree with Nauret. Why are these women standing up in a news conference beside their husband? It's as if they are condoning what the man is doing. It looks so phoney...if asked by the media they should say that while they still love their husband they don't approve of what he did. Standind up there ....makes them look foolish.

    March 11, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Ram

    It is a big deal if one gets caught & has compromised on public interests. Specially for a public figure like Elliot where personal integrity matters and for a man with a beautiful wife and 3 beautiful daughters. But Elliot just human. No Human being is that perfect. He has done a remarkable job & should not resign or forced to resign. This country needs the services of good men. There aren't that many of his caliber. I forgive him. Move on Elliot.

    March 11, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Fowler

    Spitzer just did what Clinton did - at least he did not misuse his trust.

    March 11, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. JB

    Larry craig did not commit a crime. Spitzer paid for a prostitute (crime). Transferred money across state lines for illegal act (crime). He was the AG of NY, that should have helped him with his judgement whether or not to commit these crimes. Obviously, Spitzer believed he was above the law. Fortunately, he was wrong. He is a Democrat.. Let's see how his party deals we him. Ha! Barney Frank (D) ran a gay prostitution ring out of his apartment for years. He is still a serving member of congress. So I don't expect justice, just excuses.

    March 11, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Charlie, Upstate NY

    He's obviously going to resign. and is currently trying to salvage his law license and avoid prison time. He's guilty of conspiracy, RICO violations, Mann Act, et al. My thoughts and prayers are with David Paterson, Silda Wall Spitzer, and their three girls.

    March 11, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Superdelegate

    Poor Jeanne Cutshaw... Invent a fake name.

    March 11, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. This is Too Funny!

    Glad I'm not a member of either of these sick parties. I often refer to the excercise as POLITRICKS!

    Message to Ms. used your name. Just box up your computer and take it back to the store.

    March 11, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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