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. Debbie

    Yes he should resign. Due to the fact that this goes beyond a sexual
    satisfaction. By him being attorney general and governer he knows
    the implication of feeding money to organized crime. He didn't just
    have an affair like Bill Clinton or any of the others. The notion from some of his politcal friends that this was just an affair is a lie. He broke the law. The same law that he stood up for, practiced and became a hero for. Yes he should resign and also be prosecuted.

    March 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Peter

    Once again, the East Coast liberal media (read... NY Times) has caused a needless uproar. How many more times will it take before people in this country realize that the liberal media is the fount of all that is wrong in America? Rush Limbaugh was spot on about the liberal media, and I expect that he will be righfully blasting away at the NY Times again today and all this week for this story.

    March 11, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Faizan Ali

    Common people! It's like watching porn when your wife's not around. No harm in that. Tell 'em Spitz!

    March 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Meadow

    Sadly, I think Gov. Spitzer should step down. I don't think he can function as a law enforcer since he has now broken a law and the trust of the people of New York. He should now concentrate his efforts at working on the emotional problems that led him to have this particular behavior and cheating on his wife. I think she should leave him. This is sad, very sad.

    March 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. steve

    If the feds look very closely they would see some $$$$ that was transfered to secret / private accounts by this Spitzer guy moved to clinton campaign funds. Good for the clintons.
    The "kitchen sink" is coming back to you: Karma baby.

    March 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Larry Buchas

    I'm a Democrat calling for his resignation. This guy ran on a morals platform and turns out to be another hypocrite.

    Poor Hillary! He's a super delegate for her side. She relies on these gutter rats for support? No wonder her women supporters hate men.

    She's making Bill pay for his affairs but she can't afford to lose another super delegate. What's our girl going to do?

    March 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Bud in NC

    The Governor of New York should be treated just like any other citizen who commits a crime. He should be prosecuted just like any body else and if found guilty, held to a much higher standard than a regular citizen.

    March 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. VP

    Why would the wife stand by a person who cheated on her?

    March 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Roger, SC

    If the man is guilty he needs to quit & they need to raise the jail & put him under it with Craig, Vitter, & the other hypocrites...what he is accused of doing is wrong but being a hypocrite is even worse....

    March 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Rick

    For someone who brought people down by bullying, trial in the press, personal threats, etc. this is sweet justice. For all the work he did as AG, how many indictments and convictions did he get in his high profile cases – just about zero.

    I can only hope his prosecutors treat him with the same kind of fairness and consideration as he did those he brought down.

    March 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |

    Cheryl you are obsessed with Obama. What about Hillary's federal lawsuit!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Ashamed Man

    Whether or not he should stay should be decision left upto mrs. Spitzer. I can't bear to look at her face. He owes her at least that much. She looks so sad....

    March 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Larry Craig

    I don't see what's wrong with his behavior...

    March 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Jo Anne Weathers

    I am all for an OBAMA-CLINTON ticket – how does Sen. Clinton
    (& her husband) feel about that??
    I think that proposal has all the qualifications of being the Democratic "Dream" ticket ,as well – only with HER in 2nd spot.
    For the sake of the party and the sake of the country she claims to
    love and want to serve – I think maybe the proposition should be
    presented in this order...which would confirm sincerity of the offer.

    March 11, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Patz

    Jeanne.... why did you put your city and town in your post? What happened is your own fault.. You didn't need to put your full name in either.... learn from your mistake.... I don't agree with your post about Spitzer... he will be forever tainted in politics, I think

    March 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Dave C - N.J.

    HOW many times have we seen this scenario? The apologetic politician with the strong supportive wife by his side. "Just stand there honey and look strong. Do it for the cameras so people will thinnk you have forgiven me, so maybe they will too."


    Even more pathetic is his speech: "Acted in a way that blah blah blah"


    Pandering fools that get caught with their pants down I suppose.

    March 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Channell

    It should..not sure that it would. He would have been an excellent vice president candidate..but he had to go and mess it up.

    March 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Ada

    Hillary will never speak to this man again. He gave her problems in the first part of this election. He is back again in the last part. I wonder how this is going to affect her.

    March 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Bendo

    You heard it here first: guess who is going to run for Gov on the Repub side...? Yes you guessed it.............Rudy G is baaaaackkkk!

    March 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. therealist

    Is scandal enough to sink Spitzer for good?????

    Oh yeah.., Spitzer is a Democrat. Quite morally transparent, even for you CNN.

    Of course, there are no behavioral problems to the progressives, its all genetics. Heaven forbid he had had a homosexual relationship. You see, Spitzers, and the rest of us, are genetically pre-determined to be cheaters, observed behavior proves it. Therefore, there should be no recourse or personal responsibility for any of us. Role models are no longer necessary.., it's a personal thing with his wife.

    March 11, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Carl

    How is this guy a rising star? Because he's a liberal and not a conservative? If this read "Texas Governor Rick Perry" instead, these blogs would be full of hate and crudeness from many of you.

    No, it's called this man stepped on too many people's feet while in power (threats, bullying, etc), and it's obvious he has tons more enemies than supporters.

    If he's kicked out of office, I'm fine with that, but do not tell this moderate that you liberals have a double standard when it comes to crude behavior in the office.

    March 11, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. rcusm

    he has funded a criminal operation by his personal choice making him an accomplice or criminal type himself. he should resign for the good of the state of new york and the good of the country.

    March 11, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. RealityKing

    A sad reflection of Hillary's 35 years of experience..

    March 11, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Susan

    ...yes...kudos to Spitzer...who has now done what no other New York politician could have dreamed...that is made Guliani look like an alter boy!

    March 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Eugene Markelli

    why are some people so selfish?. If he could'nt control himself then he never should have run for office, and yet he did, and now with a great act of stupidity, selfishness and with no regard for consequences he's dragged others down with him, namely the Democratic party.

    March 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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