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. rlc

    Does Hillary think she is superior to Obama because she is white? Is she subtly "putting Obama" in his place, according to her warped mindset??? MAY THE BEST MAN WIN FAIRLY!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. LoooseyGoosey

    There is no easier target than an unsatisfied man..

    You ladies need to be taking notes! Are you worth $4,400 an hour?? The more you understand and enjoy sex, the longer you will keep you mate.
    Learn it, love it!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. therealist

    Still waiting for Bill's name to come up in that investigation..

    March 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. John, Dallas, TX

    Extra-marital affairs are not illegal. Prostitution *is* (whether it should be or not is another matter).

    So Clinton did not do anything illegal (even his testimony, which some allege was perjurous, was *not* within the context of the trial), while Spitzer (while presumed innocent until proven guilty) has apparently broken the law.

    Ergo, Spitzer should resign.

    March 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Jeremy

    Ariel, this is a typical Democrate. NO MORALS, LOOK AT BILL

    March 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Dennis

    Of course he should resign, he broke the law! This is ridiculous when our elected officials break the laws they are sworn to uphold and other pandering politicians (Clinton) just stand by and say "my prayers are with him". Come on he's a scum to do this to his family and deserves no sympathy. His wife and kids are the ones that deserve the sympathy for his callus deeds. America needs to regain a moral backbone...

    "Always do the right thing this will gratify some and astonish the rest"

    March 11, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Dave

    yes, this should sink him. as a registered independent I usually vote for who I would consider the best candidate and seeing this makes me remember how the Dems rose up so vocally against GOP scandal. but now we see a Dem in hot water so it should be fair for a GOP uprising. we should just get rid of them all and start over. no more 2-party system. too much scandal.

    March 11, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Candi

    It is not the Scandel that concerns me, it is the way he put his self on the line for this type of situation. How can he be so stupid. I would like to give his wife a lot of praise because for me, He could not look me in the face for what he has done to me and my three girls. I just hope she will be strong and do the right thing. For him, whatever he chose from now on will solely be on him.

    March 11, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Nicholas from Nigeria

    How would Clinton view this allegation. I know she will not have any respond. She claims to be clean and Obama the corrupt one. I bet you that the next scandal will be that Mrs Clinton has a date. It will not make much of a news because they in Clintons camp know how to go about such scandal like it never happened. Sure Rekzo case is more better this.


    March 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Tom Wittmann

    If as CARVILLE states, his only sin was a sexual one, and he has the nerve to fight, he will survive, as BILL CARVILLE did, whose case was certainly more grave because of his public denials.

    And by the way: again, if his only relation with the criminal sex ring was having used the service of its prostitute(s), the New York Times would be again in hot water, by his in such case misstatements of "involvement" and "Links" which such organization, which clearly implied an accusation of a most serious kind.


    March 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Dalton

    Why do I suspect that at some point Bill Clinton's name is going to appear on the emperors club client list

    March 11, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. AJ

    As this man made a name for himself partially by going after prostitution rings, this should sink him. He's a hyppocrite. If he had any character, he'd resign.

    March 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Archie Kearney Ne.

    Any body got any idea why this country is spiralling downward with the elected officials we have ? And we are now wrangelling over the next generation of "self absorbed half baked power lusting wannabees"! America is in serious trouble with our morals ,money and me first power and physical lusts!

    March 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Carl

    I feel sorry for his wife, but it's called a divorce and get all the money he has... you go girl.

    March 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Jose Card - Independent

    Now Mrs. Spitzer is qualified to run for the White House.
    You have to look at the positive side of the story and stay strong.

    I wonder how long the client list really is and who else in D.C. are on the list. Since D.C. is not in Nevada, are these clients going to be charged for their illegal activities?

    They should have all supported Dr. Ron Paul, who supports legalization of prostitution.

    March 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Denise Hunter

    For once it would be good if a man caught in such a situation would respectfully admit that he decided to stand alone to meet reporters. Rather than drag the poor, long suffering wife up to a podium to stand with him regarding his alledged infidelity, he might at least gain some respect for "allowing her" not to have to stand with him.

    March 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Jay MN

    It's not so much the act itself as the hypocrisy. I could forgive most other politicians for this transgression, but not this one. He's prosecuted, with malicious fanfare, people who are no less guilty than he is.

    I feel for Ms. Spitzer...yet another fallen politician that drags his spouse up on stage with him to share in the unwelcome spotlight.

    March 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. TheLeftNut

    Out you go!

    He showed poor judgement. We don't need any politicians with that skill set. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

    March 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Susan

    he and his wife are both disgracefull...yeah good olde allen defending them...yuk!

    March 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Sandy

    why should he resign. Bill Clinton didn't resign or get impeached when he got his ........job. At least this guy didn't do in in the white house..........he did it on his own time........But did Bill clinton do it on his own time and dime..I beg to differ. And then after that poor Bill lied about the whole thing.........and then his silly wife Hillary stood by his side just so that she can be president one day.........she wasn't going to let Bill's weakness get in the way of her plans. How sad.

    March 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. terry

    get over it worry about your own actions he's a big boy he'll work it out with out all your stupid comments. terry

    March 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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