Spitzer to resign

What a horrible disgrace.

Mr. Spitzer apologizes for a “private matter” (< click for audio), has reportedly stepped down though not using the word resigned.

“Good afternoon.

“For the past nine years, eight years as attorney general, and one as governor, I have tried to uphold a vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunity for all. We sought to bring real change to New York and that will continue.

“Today I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my, or any, sense of right and wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better.

“I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good, and doing what is best for the state of New York. But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.

“I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order. Thank you very much.”

EDIT: Now being reported that he is attempting to find a way not to resign. They’re now talking about the process of resignation of a governor. Also, quoting a high placed source, are saying now that his resignation will be presented to the state at 7:15 this evening. At that point, the Lt. Governor (President of the NY Senate) David Patterson would be sworn in as Governor.

I’m praying for his family – wife and children. He has been indicted on federal charges related to a DC prostitution ring of which he was a client. The indictment document is reportedly a month old, and was unsealed today. EDIT: he’s not named in the complaint, but the NYT reported he was caught on a wiretap arranging to meet a prostitute. AP also reporting the federal wiretap aspect.

Hypocrisy of the highest order, an embarrassment to yourself, your wife and children, your faith, AND THE PEOPLE OF YOUR STATE!

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