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. joseph

    If Marion Berry can get caught smoking crack with a hooker and still be re-elected(thanks black people;-) then this guy should have a stellar career ahead of him.

    March 11, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Debbie

    I wonder why there is even a suggestion of pardoning him? Could it be that clients 1 – 8 are more of our outstanding politicians? If this was a case with average citizens the law, the books, the news and all other resources would be thrown all over us. When our leaders break the very laws that they themselves make don't you think they should be accountable for it? Otherwise it's like saying our leaders are above the law.

    March 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Duane

    I hear Hillary is looking for a VP. This guy could be her VP. Hillary is looking for people with experience. She has experience with guys cheating on their spouses. He is a strong supporter of hers, a good Democrat and both represent New York. Although one could argue effectively Hillary is a carpet bagger from Arkansas.

    March 11, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. steve

    To cheryl,
    Unfortunately, you are getting all your tainted information from Hanity, a blow hard Rethug who is trying to pave way for your girl -Hillary by putting out utterly ridiculous things filled with hate.
    You might as well get your G.E.D from Faux Noise Network

    March 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Ade

    To Cheryl

    Please stop spamming. You sound like a broken record....

    March 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Chris

    Leave Hillary and What happened to her out of this you sick Freaks.
    This is about someones family. Good Grief!

    March 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Larry Buchas

    I see some defending Larry Craig? How do defend him?

    Most Republicans want this sorry rat out too. You do the country a favor. If you're caught, you leave the scene.

    March 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Ade

    To Cheryl

    Please stop spamming. You sound like a broken record.

    March 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Steve

    As the governor and former attorney general this guy has proven himself to be a hypocrit. He must step down as he has lost all moral high ground and authority.

    March 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. An Agnostic Democrat

    As much as I feel for the Spitzer family, this is a good reminder not to put the Clintons back in power. More of the same ... and probably much worse the second time around if that's at all possible.

    March 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. CampaignHillary

    Ewwww....I hope Hillary remembers to keep Bill on a short leash. Spitzer should get some tips from Bill Clinton on how to lie, cheat, and survive a sex scandal. It's 3:00 a.m. Hillary, do you know where your husband is???

    March 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Elected executives like Governors and Presidents–are expected to exercise appropriate restraint and moral conduct commensurate with the level of public trust placed upon them. The public has a right to hold them to a high standard of respectable tenure in their elected offices.

    Clinton should have resigned–because any member of the armed services who used their position to seduce a subordinate–would have been court martialed.

    This guy–is in charge of the NY National Guard. Hundreds of military officers serving under his command–would be sent out on rails in disgrace over a similar breech of moral conduct.

    Spitzer should resign voluntarily to allow the public trust to be restored–just as President Clinton should have done years ago.

    That said–the Democrats will probably encourage him to stay–power is more important to them than personal responsibility and personal conduct.

    The real victim is his family–and our young men and women who continually see leadership–that is not held accountable in our nation–so why should they be held accountable?

    March 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Progress

    Was the Clean-up man was lured into a Trap? Or was he out for a little excitement out of the ordinary? It looks bad in the public eye, but this is an everyday thing. He should go

    March 11, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Charlotte

    This is a prime example as to why we need a woman in the White House. Women do not think about sex every two minutes. Women are able to multi-task, men are not so inclined. Hillary has the ability to lead this country to recover from the last eight years. If you give Hillary the delegates of Florida and Michigan, she would be ahead of Obama. I saw Sen. whats her name, on Cambell Brown the other day, and she sure doesn't want to seat the delegates of Florida and Michigan. Wonder what position she hopes to get if Obama is the winner? Obama is no different from any other politician, he will do whatever it takes to win. I hope the superdelegates vote for the one that will win in November and it isn't Obama.

    March 11, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Fred

    Didnt stop Bill Clinton

    March 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. mddg

    Big surprise - high powered politicians sleep with expensive call girls. I think he and is wife should work out their personal matters on their own, and he should finish his term. If it still seems like a problem when he is up for reelection, the New Yorkers can vote for someone else

    March 11, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Susan B. Hayden, Idaho

    Is this guy from Wallace, Idaho? Prostitution and Illegal Gambling Capital of the world at one time. Cops, prosecutor, mayor all in on the deal. Sheriff arrested by the FBI, but somehow the good folks in Idaho liked the FBI less than they did the corrupt sherrif and he got off. This kind of corruption is everywhere and it doesn't make any difference if you are Republican or Democrat, we need to clean house in our own country before trying to clean up the rest of the world.

    March 11, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. ariel

    I feel very very badly for Mrs. Spitzer. My prayers are with her.

    March 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Susan

    yippie! Now New York gets a governor it did not elect! woo hoo! ...and who's judgement selected him?...oooo...Spitzer! Stellar judgement!

    March 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Kris from AZ

    Bless Ms. Spitzer. I am wishing her the best that life has to offer.

    March 11, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. ever

    wow! thats tough to go through this pain i belive hillary can offer some advice to the wife and offer real life help through this very difficult process.
    wish them the best, next time try to be humble so that when you stumble it would not look too bad!

    March 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. RightyTighty

    Can't you just see the pictures of reconciliation...

    Eliot on one side, Silda on the other and Chelsea in the middle, the perfect family portrait. Oh wait! Sorry, I was having flash backs of another adulterer there for a minute...

    March 11, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. norb

    All this talk about impeachment is ridiculous. The American people have been getting screwed by the Bush Administration the past eight years. If anybody needed to get impeached it's Bush.

    March 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Patrick

    This guy has been a train wreck. First he wants to give drivers licenses to illegals and now this. Get out of office and don't come back.

    March 11, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Elizabeth

    This is just a Coming Attraction folks to life with Billary back in the White House. Last time, President Clinton had to juggle affairs with running the country. Before that, he has been said to have met over a 100 women for sex as governor of Arkansas. Now, what is he going to to do with so much time on his hands? I for one am not interested in reading about all the scandals to come if voters vote for the Clintons in 08.

    March 11, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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