THAT WAS FAST! ELIOT SPITZER RESIGNED
Larry Craig & David Vitter: "Tap 2 times." Eliot Spitzer: "I have demanded that people-- regardless of their position or power-- take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less from myself"
I half wanted him to just get it over with fast and resign and I half wished he would have toughed it out and stayed. In right, though, when public officials break the law-- even idiotic laws-- they need to stop being public officials. Apparently the mainstream media agrees-- unless, of course, we're talking about Republicans. David "Diapers" Vitter (R-LA), also admitted having sex with prostitutes. When he came back to the Senate, after a few days in hiding, you'd have thought from the standing ovation he got that he had brought Osama bin-Laden's head back with him. And, convicted serial sex predator Larry Craig (R-ID) is still a senator, although he did get a teensy-weensy slap on the wrist from the mighty-- and still unreformed-- Senate "Ethics" Committee. And even indicted crooks-- as long as they're Republicrooks-- like Rick Renzi (R-AZ) and John Doolittle (R-CA)-- are still serving in Congress, still getting paid by the taxpayers, still dealing with lobbyists and wheeler-dealers.
But it looks like Spitzer made a deal with the Feds that he would give up the governorship to stay out of prison, perhaps pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. Much chastined, he resigned at 11:45 AM. Lt. Governor David Paterson, a legally blind former state Senator from Harlem, becomes Governor and Spizer's political nemesis, state Senator Joseph Bruno, the Republican Senate majority leader, becomes Lt. Governor. Unlike the Republicans in the U.S. Senate who cheered Vitter, Republicans in Albany started impeachment procedures against Spitzer.