March 10th, 2008
05:55 PM ET

Will Spitzer have to resign?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is apologizing to his family and the public for a personal matter he's not giving details on.

But the New York Times reported that Spitzer told advisers he was involved in a prostitution ring. Apparently the governor was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute at a Washington hotel.

Keep in mind, this is a guy who pledged to bring ethics reform to the state's capital. Back when he was attorney general, Time magazine named him "Crusader of the Year" and the tabloids dubbed him "Eliot Ness." What is it about politicians and illicit sex?

Former President Bill Clinton tried to cover up the Monica Lewinsky scandal, repeatedly declaring his innocence and insisting he "did not have sexual relations with that woman” before he was eventually impeached by the House.

A few years ago, New Jersey's Governor Jim McGreevey, also a married father, resigned after revealing he was gay and had an affair with a man, a former employee whom he had named as head the state's Office of Homeland Security.

Then there was Congressman Mark Foley. He also resigned after reports that he had sent racy e-mails to at least one underage male page.

And we have Larry Craig, who is still a member in good standing of the United States Senate, despite the fact that he was arrested in the Minneapolis Airport after cruising the men's room there trying to solicit sex from an undercover cop.

Why do politicians think they can hide this kind of stuff from the public and get away with it?

Here’s my question to you: Will New York Governor Eliot Spitzer have to resign after a report that he’s involved in a prostitution ring?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

B. writes:
You hit it on the head, Jack. Why these politicians feel they can roam with free reign is beyond me. Why do these elected officials feel they can put themselves in situations where they jeopardize their integrity and embarrass those who support them? It makes me sick as an American and I can only imagine what foreign nations think.

Sean from Los Angeles writes:
Spitzer will probably have to resign. Why? Because he's a Democrat. But Louisiana Senator David Vitter also cavorted with prostitutes and he didn't have to resign. Why is that? Because, as always, It's OK If You're A Republican.

Mat from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania writes:
Of course he won't have to resign. In this short attention span nation of ours, something else will come along and draw our focus away from this, just like it did for the Larry Craig scandal.

Robert writes:
It has been too long since we have held politicians to a higher standard. I feel that ethics and morality are driven by society. What we expect is what we get. If we don't expect quality, how can we expect to receive it? Spitzer should resign.

Gary from Hillsborough, North Carolina writes:
Does this mean Hillary will lose one more superdelegate?

Todd writes:
He should tell the people what sins he's committed and let them decide. Politicians have lived through sex scandals before and many have survived them.

Jim from New York writes:
Spitzer is client 9. His enemies are on cloud 9. Who cares? Why don't we focus on the real problems our country is facing?

Randy writes:
If he is guilty, then he should resign, get counseling, and get a good divorce lawyer.

Joe from Marion, Illinois writes:
Jack, Today we had reports of pharmaceuticals in our drinking water. Spitzer got some of The Ventures "Love potion number nine" in his drinking water!

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer
soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Crystal in Seattle

    Absolutely. How can you justify having your Governor making decisions for a vast amount people, when he can't make good judgement in his own life?

    March 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  2. L.M.,Arizona

    Of course he has base his career on fighting corruption.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  3. Marcus mt.olive

    Since he is a democrat maybe he can blame it on pres .bush or globle warming

    March 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  4. Alex

    Should resign as soon as his name shows up on the client list. As the state attorney this was area he won cases against but know we know he is a fraud.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Just talk to a minister, say you have sinned against your family, and refuse to talk about it again.
    Worked for Vitter.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  6. Randy Porter Mo.

    If he does, then everyone in politics should have to. They are all guilty of some wrong doing, or they wouldn`t be where they are. That`s why it`s a joke for people to think that any Presidential candidate would be clean. Yes, this includes Obama.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  7. Mike

    He should, but won't. This will be in the news for 24 hours or so and we'll (people in general, the news, etc.) be on to something else. (What's Brittney up to?) No one holds themselves accountable anymore (stupid lawsuits, it's my mom's fault, it's the beer's fault I am drunk and killed 2 people on the way home from the bar, etc.) so why should we actually hold our elected officials accountable for their actions?

    Billings, MT

    March 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  8. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Heck no, Lord Spitzer is not constrained by the law, he is the law. Remember when he wanted to give illegal aliens driver licenses in New York? 83% of his state was against it but that didn't matter because it was an executive decision, supported on some days by Hillary Clinton. Maybe prostitution is legal in New York now. Have you checked his recent executive decisions?

    March 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  9. tco

    He's gone from Eliot Ness to Eliot Mess. Yes, he should resign. Prostitution is still illegal, regardless if it's the pro or the john or someone on the take. I feel sorry for his wife and children.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  10. Tim in ATlanta

    He should, but hey Clinton didn't..and his wife now thnks she should be President....?????

    March 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  11. John from Carlsbad, CA


    If he admits to it or it is proven by publicly releasing the tapes and it is indeed him, then he should resign. We need to hold our leaders to a higher standard.

    Besides he already has one strike with me with that whole licenses for illegals brain child he had. He already showed me he is incompetent and now he has moral issues? Good by Mr. Governor.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  12. Peg Snider

    No way, Jack, he's just helping the economy ~~ a girl has to make a living some way?
    Peg Snider
    Nashville, Indiana

    March 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  13. Damian

    Jack, he might just have to. We still do not know how involved he really is but if it does show that he is as involved as is presumed then I'm afraid it might be best. Even though Elliot Spitzer has shown himself to be a competent and virtuous governor, there now is a scent of hypocrisy. Since the Democrats are now winning elections based partly on a platform of ethics reform, Elliot Spitzer might be pressured to step down. Depending on what comes out, it might be the best thing for the Democratic Party for him to step aside.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  14. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    "Involved" is such an all encompassing word. If an investigation reveals ladies of the evening were on his Neighborhood Watch group, I say, no.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  15. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Isn't spitzer a super delegate?

    March 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  16. AJ Fairview, Texas

    I really don't care one way or the other if this moron resigns. he is a disgrace to New York and after his trying to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens he should have been asked to resign. The person I feel compassion for his his wife of 21 years, Silda,

    March 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  17. Andrew-PA

    As far as I know, governors are elected based upon their ability to run a state, not to serve as role models. So unless he was too busy with this prostitution ring to adequately do his job in running New York, I see no reason why he should resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  18. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I wonder if he got all them there gals drivers licenses?

    March 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  19. Victoria from Florida

    I wanted him to resign a few months ago when he started pushing this crap about giving illegal immigrants free drivers licenses...funny
    how Hillary Clinton helped him change his mind about that in one
    day...I pray to see Spitzer and Larry Craig also, removed from their
    jobs, and any kind of bonus or retirement or health care should be revoked immediately....They are paid to enforce the laws, not break them. I am sick of all these damn hipocrytes! Whether Republican, Democrat, or whatever,they need to be removed from our Government....is there anyone clean and honest out there???
    They are only sorry when they get caught. I hope Spitzer is not using
    the taxpayer' money like Craig has done, to get him out of a bind that
    has nothing to do with us!! Jack, what do we have to do to get these
    creeps out of office????? Thank you for all you do...VR

    March 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  20. Sharon, Indiana

    I think its a little early to contemplate whether or not he'll have to resign, and I'm getting a little sick of the media acting as both judge and jury. Granted, this is an awful and most unfortunate development, but is it a violation of the terms and conditions of his office? Were his actions illegal, were government resources involved? If he is convicted of a crime, or if he used government resources for illegal activities, I would imagine he may need to resign. However, sometimes I wonder if we are being unrealistic in looking for perfection in our government officials. I think there is a fine balance between competence and ones personal failings.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  21. Louis in Phoenix, AZ

    Yes he will. If it was simply a an adultery situation... maybe not. But, the law and order guy was breaking the law. The best thing is for him to step down and go to the customary alcohol or drug rehab. Blame it on the booze Elliot! Everyone else does.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  22. Polly

    Yes Jack – Spitzer should resign if this is really true. Who would want a Governor who has participated in prostitution? I am shocked – I had such great respect for him. Polly – Naples, Florida

    March 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  23. Mimi W., Chicago, IL

    He's out!

    March 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |

    why make him leave he is just following the rest of the leaders. Clinton and countless other's infidelity and other abuses of power says no just allow them their male given rights. we are a sick country to allow bad behavior to be over looked while the real bad stuff is just ignored. its just the tip of the ice berg. If they cheat on their spouses they will cheat on us too.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  25. Dennis in Gwinn, MI

    He should resign. But the important issue is that he is a super-delegate- if he resigns the Lt. Gov becomes the super-delegate.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  26. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    When you get caught with your "hands in the cookie jar", that is what is expected, however, Senator Craig's "riverdance" may have provide Spitz with another option. Bill Clinton's "presidental member" wander away, and he did not resign; he was able to redefine "is" as "is." Good luck governor.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  27. Penny, British Columbia, Canada

    Governor Spitzer has no choice but to resign.

    Isn't it against the law to solicit prostitutes in the United States?

    I am certain the facts will be out in record time knowing the media interest in this story.

    Hopefully, he is not being considered a VP running mate for Clinton or Obama.

    That would have been a deal breaker for sure....

    March 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  28. Joy-Morrisville, NC

    Boy, doesn't this say a lot for the people serving in government. They're either he'n and he'n, committing adultry, stealing money from us and now involved in prostitution! If this story is true, yes he should resign, better yet he should get fired! The lack of morals in our governing bodies leaves me cold and bewildered!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  29. Grace Strong

    Resign, Absolutely !!! How can a man who was suppose to clean up corruption save his respectability now? I am glad he got caught, or who know's how long his own corruption would have continued. I just wish that the ladies would release all the names of clients, no matter how rich, how big they are,or what office they hold. Maybe these low lifes would real think twice before they go looking for love in all the wrong places. How can they expect anyone to respect them ever again, when they can't even respect their own wives and children.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  30. paul W.Dc

    Jack its complicated.

    If it's a gay ring he should declare himself a Republican if its a straight ring may he should just try boasting about it.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  31. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Yes! Spitzer should resign immediately. I've watched him for years on TV. He was absolutly rabid when attacking other people for their wayword actions. Worse than a junkyard dog on a bone! He'll only make a complete fool out of himself if he tries to worm out of it now. Don't worry though, he will pay a salty price for these actions by his wife's hand – either by an expensive divorce or else becoming her lacky!

    March 10, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  32. Randle Bate

    It can be truly said that Emperor's client has no clothes. Long live the Emperor!

    March 10, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  33. Raphael from NYC

    Jack, in the footsteps of all those in our government that show poor judgement but get away with it, Spitzer should be sanctioned but not forced to resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  34. Ron, Midland, Michigan

    Hello Jack,

    Just another member of the "holier than thou" club exhibiting the weakness of the "human" condition. I am sure that MANY of our elected officials have engaged in this same experience. I don't believe he will resign because his family is worth millions and can buy the legal influence needed to be above the law. I wonder how he would feel if one, or all three, of his daughters became prostitutes? He has demonstrated that he supports this profession? I would wager that his wife won't even file for divorce- Hillary never did and look at her now. I still have not found an "honest politician" during my lifetime.

    Ron – Midland, MIchigan

    March 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  35. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    I am not a resident of New York state so my knowledge of Mr. Spitzer and his reputation is limited at best. But I would like to comment on this report as just another example of the ruling elite in this country and the cultural elite in this country setting forth an example of moral bancruptcy that is making it impossible to parent children anymore. The honest truth is Jack the question you have posed here shouldn't even have to be asked, because the resignation should be already tendered. Consider me old fashioned but making drug addicted,drunken starlets into millionaire celebrities and allowing pompous scripture spouting hypocrytes seats of power in our government is a disastrous example to our children that being honest and honorable just doesn't matter any more. A question I would like you to ask on this site someday is who would you as a parent point to today as a role model for your children. It would be one of the toughest questions you ever asked

    March 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  36. T. from Canada

    Its funny, I've been at home watching CNN all day. In the morning it started with chemicals in your drinking water, then the dow has dropped 140 points. But, the most important story is ceating Spitzer. Whats a more important story?

    March 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  37. Ken in Raleigh NC

    Will he have to resign? It depends... If he takes advice from Senator Larry Craig, he could say he is guilty, then say he'll resign and then tell us that he doesn't solicit prostitutes and he never has. Just like Senator Craig, he can just ride it out until the media focuses on something else. Craig should have been tossed out and so should Spitzer.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  38. Joe in DE

    Probably but it may depend on how many members of the legislature are clients. Demcrats would be luckyto get rid of him.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  39. Robert W. Brooks


    If Spitzer didn't have to resign over wanting driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, he certainly won't be expected to resign over this.

    Forest, Virginia

    March 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  40. Mark

    It's always the law & order types, the family values types,the tears at the national anthem, you know the hypocrytes. Of course he's finished. He prosecuted to the point of persecution. This looks real good on him.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  41. mary lee

    yes he needs to resign and Bill Clinton is not involved AS FAR AS I KNOW!!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  42. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Nah, but maybe Hillary will "DENOUNCE" his endorsement and he might get a big check in the mail for the money he donated to her campaign. Of course don't cash the check until after she puts enough money in her campaign to cover it. At least he went on TV and stated the truth and didn't shake his finger at the American people.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  43. Randy Porter Mo.

    He let illegal alliens get all of the good jobs, so he opened up some jobs for the American women who were displaced. In his mind he probably thought he was doing a good deed. His main problem is he made himself the boss. He should have given that job to an illegal allien too. No, he shouldn` have to resign, but he should decide on who he is trying to serve.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  44. Cameron

    If he had any decency, he would be typing up his letter of resignation now. Another low-life politician bites the dust, good riddance. At least we know he won't be Hillary's running mate now.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  45. ERech

    Jack, remember that Spitzer only used prostitutes manufactured 100% right here in the USA. We don't need this to turn into an immigration issue as well....

    March 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  46. Karl in CA

    It depends on how you define "involved" or "resign" or prostitution". Pedophilia got rid of Foley but a "wide stance" didn't get rid of Craig. I guess this falls somewhere in between, but given Republican moral flexibility, it's a toss up. He should, but will he?

    March 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  47. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    He shouldn't resign until he takes down the rest of the Senators along with him whether they be republican or democrat.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  48. Richard from Detroit and Dearborn

    Hell yes Jack!!!This ain,t the end either Jack.You get involved with a high price Escort Service like that one,that wasn,t his first time and second,I,m pretty sure other politicians use that service, maybe even
    Spitzer,s Lt Governor.Don,t blame and lock up the girls.Blame and lock up pinheads like Spitzer.Hope his wife divorces that CREEP!

    March 10, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  49. Sam Foster, Katy Texas

    Was he "involved" with the ring or just a customer? Big difference though his moral judgement appears to have been smoke screened when he ran for office.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  50. JC

    Question: Why when Spitzer & his wife is being compared to other political officials who had to come clean to the public... why weren't the CLINTON's ever mentioned? Is there a media/political rule that you cannot mention the Clintions and their sex scandal?

    Even the Politico.com guy mention the scandal in the 90's referencing the Clinton's... and your guy totally brushed him off...

    anyway "Shame on You Elliot Spitzer!!!" (In the voice of Hillary Clinton)

    By the way; The Lt. Gov. Paterson of NY is legally BLIND & an African American... so I'm looking forward to see how this turns out...

    2008 will be very memorable!

    Obama / Bloomberg my dream ticket!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  51. Sylvie

    Of course he should but let's see how much kicking and screaming he can buy from all those supporters. It pains me the most to see another wife "standing by her man" when he had just destroyed all that is important.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  52. Greg Vaughn

    Jack, this once again reminds me of how often it occurs that those who assume a stance of moral rectitude are, underneath, morally wrecked.

    Soliciting a prostitute is illegal in New York. If indeed he solicited a prostitue, as it appears, he would have to resign. He'll have a legal battle on his hands.

    When are American voters going to stop believing their politicians to be any more moral than the population at large? If we stop voting on a candidate's perceived morality and start voting on their contribution to the improvement of the quality of our lives and their adherence to the law, we'd be a lot better off.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  53. Deborah-Grant, Michigan

    It is questionable whether he will resign. After all, Larry Craig after his wide stance charges proved that no matter what you might get caught at, your government job is still safe. And at least Spitzer sprung for a hotel room and helped boost the economy while Craig settled for a free bathroom stall.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  54. Bevan, Seattle WA

    Let's see Jack, isn't Sen. Vickers still in the senate? No one is demanding his resignation for his little trist. If he can manage the state let him do so.

    March 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  55. Jed from Chico, CA

    I think it's premature to call for Spitzer's resignation. I am more interested in what Hillary Clinton has to say about his support as a surrogate and dedicated Clinton superdelegate. Will she reject and denounce Eliot Spitzer and his actions?

    March 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  56. chuck cornett

    Jack no he should go to political confession and say twemty Hail Hillarys and thirty Our Bills and then go and sin no more!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  57. California Independent

    If it turns out to be a Republican hit job, no. I could care less about his personal life. But I'm sure the imperfect will be holding forth with their moral indignation.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  58. Griffin, San Antonio, TX


    You're forgetting that prostitution is the oldest profession (politics, a close second).

    With this new addition on the top of his resume, he should be required to resign. He should then be required to move to D.C. and take over where Deborah Palfrey, the D.C. madam, left off. For the next four years, he'll be one of the most popular guys in Washington.

    He should then move back to NY and contest HRC's U.S. Senate seat by running a campaign based on his Washington insider experience.

    It's so crazy, it just might work.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  59. Jared

    Jack, I wonder with Spitzer's previous stance on drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, if any of the prostitutes were infact illegal immigrants and he just wanted them to drive to him.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  60. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Yes. What's good for the geese is good for the geese's prosecutor.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  61. BJ Smith

    You mean for a sex scandle? Who would run the government ?

    BJ from FL

    March 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  62. David

    My only question about the Spitzer story is why does it rank above the story about five brave American soldiers who gave their lives for their country? Our values are skewed.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  63. Joan

    He probably should resign, or maybe get some advice from Rep. Vitter onhow to handle this, the Repubs are very good at these things because they have more experience.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  64. Claire

    Yes, he should resign. I looked up to this man even though I am not a resident of New York. This is much more than your average betrayal. He should be "Gone Baby Gone."

    Bend, OR

    March 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  65. Rick

    I guess as long as we have Larry Craig hanging around we might as well keep New York's version of "Elliott Ness". It makes for fun reading, and it gives you talking heads something to talk about that is different than the usual " Is Hillary's smile real?" and who will answer the phone at 3am? At least now we know who the govenor of New York is calling at 3am. And it ain't cheap! Hey with all his crime busting maybe Spitzer was just doing what he does best...".working undercover."

    March 10, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  66. Hubert Bertrand

    They go to college to learn the law,Then they become politicians. They put their hand on the good book and say I'm going to protect and serve the american people. But some one give him a lot of (MONEY) and now he's corrupted, Money the root of all evil. I think all politicians are crooks

    March 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  67. Rita

    Dear Jack;
    I watch you every day, my comment about Spitzer is that; if you want to find a republican just look for the guy peeking through windows to find the democrat with his pants down unless of course it's the predatory kind preying on interns or airport bathrooms. Republicans behave like a bunch of backwoods baptists, forgetting that the backwoods are so inbred that just a handful of families make up the whole county.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  68. Bruce

    Hi Jack,

    He probably will and should. It's interesting to here the Fox news channel coverage of this whole affair though. For haf an hour, they were reporting that he already had resigned then brought in a barrage of Republican politicians who all say he must resign. Where was the outrage from Fox news and the Republicans when Senator Vitter got caught? He's still in the Senate. The hypocrisy that the republicans are talking about in regard to Spitzer of course do not apply to Republican senators, especially one that would have been replaced by a democratic governer at that point in time.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  69. Donn in Fredonia, NY

    Spitzer is only human. Who among us haven't made a mistake? If it was on his own time and his own dime, we really shouldn't care what he does. We all understand what he did was wrong, and he got caught. He has already taken the first step by asking forgiveness – which is much more than some other politicians of late who are also involved in sex scandels. But there are far worse things that he could have done. Get over it and let's move on!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  70. Donna, Ocean County NJ

    I think he will absolutely have to resign. As a politician who built his career rooting out corruption, he cannot remain in office if it is proved he solicited prostitutes. This is beyond dishonesty and infidelity, it's about breaking the law.


    March 10, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  71. Michelle M

    I think we have to understand exactly what he did and his level of involvement. I also want to understand what type of prostitution we are talking about. I mean, let's face it there are "escort" services that women and men willingly join to make more money. It is horrible, it is hedious, but yet, their choice. HOWEVER, if we are talking about a prostitution ring that involves human trafficking, including children, there is absolutely no excuse. Even if he was just a customer he should resign and prosecuted.

    There are a lot of elements we need to evaluate in this one.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  72. Liz from California

    He should get out before all of the facts come to light. Who paid for her services and how did he pay for the hotel, transportation, etc?? The answers to those questions will certainly finish him.
    Besides, he should think of his family and just quietly go away and focus on them.
    All will not be lost. He can always consult with Dick Morris on how to find a second career post a prostitution sting.
    Honestly, this is why we need more women running this country. Although there will always be their husbands to deal with.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  73. Kevin Dobies - Albany, NY

    Jack, if Gavin Newsom can get off with an apology, so can Spitzer.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  74. CA -Columbus Oh.

    Here we go again, Another politician corrupted by power . One thing is for sure power corrupts those with who are weeeeaaaak. Watching Gov. Spitzer on his partial self-denial admission speech I could'nt help but go back 8 years to a place were many Americans found themselves. I wonder what the Clinton's were thinking ????????
    Stay Tuned.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  75. Kristen Ingram

    Men in high office have been unfrocked for years. Interesting that so few women ever go bad in office.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  76. Richard, Washington State

    He could always join Hillary on the republican ticket. We all know republicans in the administration don't go to trial.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  77. Charles

    Yeah Jack, Mr. Spitzer should exit stage right, if the story is true. The fact that the Lt. Governor is legally blind should not be a issue. The good people of NY voted Mr Paterson in office jas a ticket. Stranger things have happened lately and Sen. Craig of Idaho is still in office.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  78. Beth from Michigan

    Isn't that the same guy who tried to push drivers licenses for illegal aliens down our throats a few month ago? Why should we think a person with that kind of track record would do anything as honorable as resigning?

    March 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  79. W B in Las Vegas

    I don't know why he would resign

    he's a politician and by definition all politicians are prostitutes. maybe his doing business with a prostitution ring was just a professional courtesy? kind of like why a shark will not eat a lawyer.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  80. Theodore

    I am more concerned that this double-standards is allowable, why is it okay for the famous, political, and athelete get a pass when they have "fun" at Americans expense? I find it funny that they fight to put Americans away and then when they get in trouble the apologize and say I will try better. Do you forgive me, yet? NO! You go directly to jail, do not pass go, bye-bye "John"

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    March 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  81. Chuck in Eugene Oregon


    That sir is a silly question. There is no doubt, its a matter of trust and integrity, you truly can not investigate and try to stop that which you are par-taking of. Something is wrong with that picture.
    But that is only my opinion.. just like Bill should have been out of the white house for his indescretions. But that never happened. So who knows

    March 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  82. dak

    This isn't about democrats vs. republicans, should he stay, should he go. This once again is about the irresponsible behavior of men. This behavior is displayed in many derogatory ways against women in particular. Oppresion, submission, immorality, indecency, unethical, whatever you name it. Why is it that men can't stand up and say to other men, "Keep your zippers shut, be responsible and take ownership of your indecency." The morality of men in this nations is appalling. Every day the news is filled with the debachery caused by men and justified by our media, court systems, religion and society in general.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  83. Connie

    Yes, I do think he should be forced to resign. Seems like since Bill got away with Monica in the White House, this type of behavior seems to have spread like wild fire. It is morally & ethically wrong and should not be tolerated.

    Columbia, SC

    March 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  84. Denise (Brooklyn, New York)

    The Great American Hypocrisy. Spitzer should not have to resign. If every politician who has ever hired a prostitute resigns, there would be no one to run this country.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  85. Joe from West Hills

    Elliot Spitzer should resign. He made a career out of fighting corruption and corporate wrong-doing. Was the drivers license fiasco just a way for him to lure more women into his ring ? I wonder ...

    March 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  86. Mike for Silent Morality in Charleston, SC

    Yes Spitzer should resign. More importantly, will Hillary Clinton reject and denounce Spitzer's alleged involvement with prostitutes? And ultimately, while we are cleaning house, will Hillary finally reject and denounce Bill Clinton's documented indiscretions as well?

    March 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  87. Jim Bloom

    Any Governor, just like all other elected members of government, is sworn to uphold the law. There is not a clause that says "when it is convenient." In addition, as a former Attorney General and a man who ran on a "law and order" platform, he should know better. The answer is that if he has any integrity, he will resign. Although integrity seems to be in short supply in this case.

    Chicago, IL

    March 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  88. Chris

    Am I the only one that finds it funny that the GOP is calling for Spitzer to resign when they stood so firmly behind Vitter for the exact same thing?

    March 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  89. Daniel Noble

    Spitzer is tough on crime......unless it's Hevesi using State employees to cart his wife around or it's time to lie down with a high price hoochie momma. Are there any honest politicians out there? Joel Hefley was honest and look what it got him. We need a nice guy like Rev. Haggard to help show us the way.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  90. Peg Duncan

    If he is only guilty of having sex with a prostitute, who cares? Power, money and, sex all come together. The only difference between him and President Clinton is he paid for it and he wasn't in the White House.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  91. Ron - San Clemente, CA

    What is it with our political and religous leaders who preach and vilify the violators of morality and law all the while doing the same. I'm sure Spitzer will follow the same game plan, asking for forgiveness and wanting to continue in the role in which he has been elected. All concerned will argue and fret about the decision and as with most, in the end will be forced to resign when it becomes apparent that he is no longer viable or effective.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  92. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    As I recall, President Clinton was impeached because he lied, not because Monica Lewinsky was a prostitute. People are, however arrested for solicitation. If Spitzer was a teacher, he'd be canned in a New York second. He probably won't resign, even though he should. And given the state of the electorate, he'll probably be re-elected in a landslide.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  93. Adrian

    If I get caught with a prostitute, I go to jail. Why isn't this man in jail?
    Can anyone tell me why he broke the law, admitted to it, and is not in jail.

    fraser, colorado

    March 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  94. cc

    Information told Fox he is resigning. Next!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  95. Galen

    Hey Jack,

    Since it's apparently worse that Mark Foley was inappropriate with an underage MALE page (I assume if the page were female we'd feel a lot better about Mr. Foley), shouldn't you specify that Governor Spitzer (who should resign) was involved in a FEMALE prostitution ring?

    March 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  96. Harry

    Does his wife have political aspirations of her own?

    If not, then it would best serve him to relinquish his.

    Carlisle, Ky

    March 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  97. Mark, Berwyn PA

    Yes he should. The American public needs to demand it. We need to move past the Bill Clinton-ish standards that he set for all politicians and try to elect people who will do an honest days work, and be honest with us.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  98. Diana


    March 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  99. John Galvin

    Was Governor Eliot Spitzer just a customer or was he running this prostitution ring? If Governor Eliot Spitzer was running this prostitution ring, then of course be should resign. Is calling on a prostitute for her services considered a crime in the State of New York? If it is then he should resign under those circumstances also.

    John Galvin
    Hollister, California

    March 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  100. john marlton, nj

    He should resign but he won't because he is a democrat so it's OK. I still haven't heard whether the escort was male or female.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  101. JSA

    Should he step down? Yes, I think he has to. Anyone who has built their name on fighting corruption, someone who has even been called the new Elliot Ness, will have no credibility going forward. He will now be known forever more as a hypocrite and people will call for his head. That being said, I hardly think Mr. Spitzer is the only man, let alone the only politician, committing this particular crime. He was just unlucky enough to get caught. Personally, I believe all politicians are corrupt, lying narcissists (isn't that a job requirement?), but I don't really care about their sex lives....even when they involve hookers.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  102. Pedro, Franklin Lakes, NJ

    It's over. Another fool falling by way of the forbidden fruit.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  103. Jose

    Is it only me or has anyone else took a good look at his wife? Some of us out hear could hardly blame him looking for love in all the wrong places.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  104. Adrian

    I think that he should resign on his own free will. if he doesn't i wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see new yorkers call for a special election to get rid of him. however, i don't think he will and in his mind why should he when bill clinton didn't resign after his fling with monica?

    March 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  105. Michigander

    Hmmmm! New York........well they like Bill and Hillary Clinton so there you have it. Seems character doesn't really matter there.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  106. George Beker

    Whether he resigns or not, it's just wonderful for me to see this arrogant, sanctimonous ex-AG caught at the very sort of smarmy activity he loved to attack others for doing. Spitzer made his political fortunes actively looking for ways to damage others – and not all those he hurt deserved it.

    He lived for the publicity and the photo-ops and used them to fuel his rise; I look forward to more of this equally damaging stuff aimed at him. Maybe, just maybe, he'll finally look up "humility" and "perspective" in the dictionary . . .

    March 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  107. Ed - Houston

    The moral and ethical decay of our nation's political and religious leadership which we have been subjected to over the past 20 years has brought our international standing to a low point of shame and dishonor. Names like Swaggart, Clinton, Foley, Craig, McGreevey, countless Catholic priests, and now Spitzer set the example for tolerance and continued lack of accountability for future generations. It will not end until we institute the proper punishment to fit the crime... in this case immediate expulsion and public castration.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  108. Travis

    Yes, he should. They should investigate the case and client list. I wounder what client number Bill Clinton was given.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  109. Keith from Irving, Texas

    He shouldn't have to, but he will.

    David Vitter didn't. Slick Willie didn't.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  110. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    I don't think he should have to resign. But should he do so, maybe Hillary can run for the New York governor position. Because she sure is not going to be our next President.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  111. Peter

    nope, he does not have to but his life will be seriously tortured with scrutiny by the public and the media for his remaining days in office.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  112. Les Young Oklahoma

    Well guess who was the first group who ask Spitzer the GOP Governor Association. Wonder why they weren't this quick to condem Larry Craige. Let those with out sin cast the first stone. I think he should not resign unless he is proven guilty.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  113. Deborah -Iowa

    Well Jack I say if Bush, Cheney and Company don't have to resign for their crimes why should Spitzer?

    March 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  114. Violet

    I think the pressure of the job is getting to him. He was a very good attorney general and still could become a very good governor. I think he should stay. His value is still high and new york needs a politician of his caliber.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  115. Calev Rhyason

    Yes he should, if he didn't it would be too........Republican of him.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  116. Davis - Minneapolis

    Perhaps Clinton will want him as a VP. She has good experience with this and wouldnt let him down.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  117. PAUL, Pennington Gap, VA

    I guess he was just trying to be like the Republicans – – thaught he could get away with it (like Bill)!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  118. gCs

    Gonzales LA

    Yes, he has a moral and political obligation to the people of NY; to continue heading the state without regard to this obligation is both selfish, and very irresponsible.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  119. Wendy

    I think he should resign....what's up with him publicly apologizing to his family .....I realize his family matters with fidelity, but that is a matter that he needs to take up with his wife, behind closed doors....what matters is how he let the state of New York down with this disgrace....but then again Clinton remained president after his public display of affection

    March 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  120. Jake from NJ

    As a Democrat, I think Spitzer should resign. He doesn't deserve the responsibility of governing. He went against all of his own principles and has shattered any faith that anyone could possibly have in him and has destroyed his integrity. He comes across as a hypocrite and will be unable to govern effectively. How can he be expected to make important decisions when he can't make honest decisions in his own life.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  121. Alamgir

    Yes, he should go. Shame on him for the dramatic confession of his dirty life without immediate resign from public services.


    March 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  122. Maryellen

    Depending on the extent of his involvement, not only should he be fired, but should do some jail time... Why should he get special treatment... Prosecute the guy.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |

    it would be the right thing to do if it's true but at least he's a true democrat and knows the difference between the sexes. so far the republicans haven't mastered the idea of heterosexual. that nasty old larry craig and the pedophile mark foley are shining examples of republican sexuality. all in all, wrong is wrong and wrong doers don't need to be in office.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  124. Tommy

    He should resign and continue campaigning for Sen. Clinton!! That should help her get out the prostitute vote!! Jackson, WY

    March 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  125. Brown

    How are the mighty fallen?

    I respected him for his fight against corruption in NY; he brought some level of sanity to the financial system in NYC, to see him go down this way is disheartening.

    Should he resigned? I believe he knows the right answer to that. If he vigorously prosecute and champion the corruption cause, he should see the federal wiretap program as a vigorous pursue against vices & corruption and he should offer to resign and resign immediately.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  126. Davis - Minneapolis

    Perhaps his wife can now run for governor...or maybe in a few years...

    March 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  127. Chris (NewYork)

    living in NewYork all my life and hearing that he was a client in the prostitution ring should be grounds for his resignation as Governor of the State of New York.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  128. J Forest

    No, he should not resign. America needs to stop inserting and projecting a puritan ethic onto your elected officials.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  129. Cindy

    Absolutely! He acted dishonorably! We need to send a message to all officials. They are held up to different standards; tougher standards than most and he knew that when he entered office. He must pay the consequences!!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  130. Tom Leach

    I watched the announcement about Governor Eliot Spitzer on CNN today. I was disappointed with the negative attacks by the press and the call by the Republican Governors for his immediate resignation. Every one knows that all governors are as pure as the driven snow.

    The nation has become so polarized in past several years. The press concentrates on the negative aspects of politics. Attorney General Spitzer did many great things for the American people. I see this situation as a minor infraction as politicians go. There are so many important and vital issues in the world today why should the news concentrate some much time and effort on this issue?

    I am loosing faith in the press. It seems the only objective news is NPR. The press is becoming no more than a tabloid.

    Why don't you use reporters that don't have a political agenda. Interviewing high profile politicians about what Governor should do is not news, but pure speculation. Tabloid news.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  131. Paul, Michigan

    He would be a huge hypocrite if he does not resign. He was a bulldog as an Attorney General towards others who committed similiar crimes so not only should he resign he should be prosecuted at least as hard as he did unto others which is pretty darn hard. Do unto others what you want done upon yourself is exactly what should happen here.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  132. Barb

    As a voter from upstate I am very very upset that spitzer is using the
    salary he receives from the tax payers of New York State for the services of a prostitute. He should resign now or be impeached.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  133. Marsha

    Jack of course he will have to resign!! It is really sad that the people who we as citizens, are suppose to look to stop this kind of unethical behavior are the ones leading the race in it. They are the ones who should be sponsoring legislation to change that type of behavior but instead they are just hypocrites indulging themselves in all types of unethical behavior and then, only when caught, they come to us and say they are sorry!! How sad it is that we as women constantly feel that we need to stand at a podium with our husband while they humilate us in front of the world! There should be a law against this. This is the change that we, the AMerican PEOPLE are seeking...Yes We Can!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  134. CJ Wausau

    Hey Jack;

    RE: Eliot Spitzer.

    You don't suppose that the news today will add a new dimension to a "Steam-Roller Drivers License for illegals?"

    March 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  135. mikeytherhino

    Yes, Jack, He has to resign over this. And to think I voted for this Man in the last election cycle because I thought he would affect positive change, and Bring something positive with him to the state house in albany. He played that crusader bit to the hilt, and it ends up he played us all. You would think a man who used to bring down prostitution rings would know better than this. Idiot Spitzer, That's his name from now on.

    Mike From staten Island new york

    March 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm |

    This is so disgusting for his family it is so humilating and disgusting. Politicians are just human but HIV will never die if we as humans don't stop messing around

    March 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  137. Diane D., Queens, New York

    Tell ya what, better than resigning how about impeachment? Seems Joe Bruno driving his ailing wife around in official limousines isn't so bad after all, hey Spitz??!?! AND, I voted for you too!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  138. John in San Diego

    It's going to take far more than Viagra for Spitzer to be able to perform after this.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  139. Avvorio

    No. Did you ask David Vitter to resign? At least, it is a woman. GOP has to worry about whether it is same sex or a child each time something like this is revealed.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  140. Pat in MIchigan

    Prostitution is still Illegal Jack, what the others did was simply immoral.......I think any politician that violates the laws of the land should give up their positions or have them taken away. Now watch the biggest issue in the upcoming debates wil be: Should Prostitution be legalized

    March 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  141. Rocky

    from Chicopee, Mass.

    $3,100 for one hour of a prostitute? (What's the extra $100 for, sales tax?).
    At least it beats $50,000 for a toilet bowl. Glad to see the government becoming more judicious with how they spend our dollars.....

    March 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  142. Billy

    without a doubt
    if hes a democrat he can stay (i mean bill got away didn't he)
    if hes a republican he has no chance

    he TOTALLY compromised some of his major beliefs
    sex in marriage, etc

    its amusing to me

    cleveland, ohio

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  143. Matt

    He needs to resign immediately. If he doesn't, it will really do in the Demo. party. Why? He is the only Demo pol that both GOPers and Dems respect– respected, that is– 'til now. If he doesn't resign it will be Shades of Bill all over again and no one, no one can see how that would be good.

    And the unmitigated hypocrisy. This isn't a thing he was into before becoming a lawyer, prosecutor, AG, then gov. This was what he was into for years when he was running around busting pros and johns. You can be sure that now that it's out, his former "service providers" will be stepping forward to tell all, for a fee, of course.

    I am an independent as far as pol. party affiliation goes. And so I am not looking at this in terms of party loyalties but in terms of just plain politics in action. The absolute best thing for him, his family, NY state, and his party is to resign ASAP. If he doesn't it will all only get uglier and uglier– for him mostly.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  144. Goodheart

    No, he should not resign. He was overwhelmingly voted into office, and now he is being forced to resign because of a sex addiction?

    There are so many hypocrits in Washington.... the people who are calling for his resignation are the same ones who we will read about in years to come having their own sex scandels. This has happened year after year. Yes, he was against corruption on a professional level, but his inner demons got to him on a personal level. Let he who has never sinned cast the first stone.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  145. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    He doesn't "have to" resign (see Larry Craig), but he should. He came to office as a law and order guy and his current and future credibility is now shot. Why anyone would risk such a promising political future for an illicit roll in the hay is just beyond all comprehension.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  146. Erick Campbell

    I think that Senator Obama could kiss his potentially brilliant political career goodby if he accepted a VP nomination under the Senator Billary Clinton Presidential banner. First – I think Billary Clinton is doomed to lose (too much historical baggage) and Second – Senator Obama would find himself swimming in a small tank with 2 large sharks. You don't hear much from from VP candidates one they have lost once.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  147. Marjon

    Well, President Clinton set the standard...and he was in no way punished. In fact he is about to return to the White house if his wife who forgave him...wins the election.

    So why should Spitzer resign! This is what you get when you do not take appropiate action with a President!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  148. papaharpman

    Jack, it is like gambling. The man is addicted to sex. 3 or 4 weeks at a rehab, and he will be ready to go again. Wait, Jack, why don't you check with Bill on this one.

    Dale – Anadarko, OK

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  149. onenibble

    No Jack, Spitzer is a good man he just did a bad thing. After all he is a politician.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  150. Ronnie Hernandez


    Is this really a question? Of course he is going to have to resign. He acted dishonorably not only against his own people of New York, but the American people!

    March 10, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  151. Kristina, Seattle

    Absolutely, he should resign. What sort of political future can he expect to have? Hillary yanked him off her "endoresement list" faster than a speeding bullet, if that's any indication.

    This is, however, an excellent time to point out (again) that the Clintons' political connections make Antoine Rezko look like a choir boy. I really don't want to hear Rezko come up in Billary's desperate and hypocritical criticisms of Obama ever, ever again.

    March 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  152. John from Tennessee

    People are rushing to crucify this man for one bad mistake he made
    They say he has to make decisions the peole of New York, and they think he should resign. Since one of the presidential candidates has aready shown the American people that he cares very little for them, and has shown his bad judgement and admitted to it, then why do they want him to be our president? The presidents decision can not only affect Americans, but others around the world. So lets ask BO to drop out of the race. Same difference, right?

    March 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |


    March 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  154. Terry / Austin, Tx

    Jack, it's amazing that people in power think they will never get caught, and then nothing will come of it. They really think they are above the law and the people they represent. Then, they always have the faithful wife by their side. Go figure. Anyone who is in an elected office should be forced to resign, pay a hefty fine and do prison time for costing the city, state and/or nation tax payer money for special elections and misrepresentation.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  155. Chris Miller

    Spitzer is the big advocate of the little guy, protector of the
    down-trodden, the public's white knight against corporate corruption.

    Lesson to be learned: In ALL cases where politicians or pundits cry "foul" and cry loudly, those doing the crying are probably the most corrupt.
    I am delighted with this because another politician, in this case a
    "champion," has been brought down. And I'm delighted, as well, because politics and politicians in general have been further demeaned in the public's eye - as if it were possible for politics to be further demeaned.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm |

    Spitzer for Termination anybody want to second that motion

    March 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  157. Klaus Schwarz

    I am disgusted with the hypocrisy in politics. Another of them got caught. Good!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  158. Erik, New York

    Yes Jack. I think client #9 will need to resign. Come to think of it, I am starting to think that Governor Giuliani has a certain ring to it.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  159. bob from dover delaware home of the military morgue

    See if you are willing to pay $4,300 for a few hours you are going to get a girl as described 5foot 5 and 115 pounds. If all you're offering is an internship then you end up with a monica.

    Jack... I have to start saving money.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  160. Billy

    Didn't he endorse Hillary during the New York Primary?

    Maybe Hillary can show us her so-called leadership ability and let her so-called experience show and tell everyone what he should do.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  161. abm Habibullah

    Did he pay tax of his fee for protitution? If so, he can stay. If he did not pay tax, IRS go after him befor he runs to pastor with a statement " Oh Lord! I have sinned, forgive me"

    March 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  162. Laura

    What client numbers are Bill and Hillary ?????????

    March 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  163. Dick B

    No No No don't be foolish. Let us all remember Jesus saved a prostitute from stoning. He said something like "If anyone of you is free from sin, let them cast the first stone." Then he said to the woman of the night "Go and sin no more." Forgive and forget is always the best motto. Unless of course if was a male prostitution ring.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  164. David from Georgia

    Time to invest in Alcohol Rehab stocks. Isn't that the next step?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  165. Reesa Atlanta/NYC

    It's a good thing they don't make lawyers take an "Hippocratic Oath – pun intended. Whatever happened to practicing what you preach? Isn't he the walking ethics committee... O well he ain't the first and surely wont be the last. I think the wives of these politicians are truly the ones who hurt i bet they never knew their vows said in sickness and in health, adultery and infidelity we shouldn't part...

    March 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  166. Josh, Winter Park, FL

    He hasn't yet? Hmm...well I forgot that politicians are not held to the same standards as we 'normal' people are.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  167. Marian London

    This presents Hillary Clinton with the opportunity of becoming the Governor of NY if Eliot Spitzer resigns. She should pull out of the Presidential race.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  168. gary saari

    First of all, your question is misleading. The presumption of your question makes the unknowing person assume that Spitzer was receiving money for having the side-line job as a "pimp." Fortunately, that's not the truth. I would suggest that the mass media should do more stories about the fact that prostitution is legal in countries like Germany and even in Las Vegas which I assume is still part of the United States. They have ways of lawfully regulating that type of "work." Have humans not learned that we all are only human, and we all are subject to human frailties. There is a big difference between sexual assault, sexual assault of a child, etc., but even Bill Clinton, obviously, was forgiven for his indiscretions by most people. I would advise all people, especially those right-wing religious fanatics, to try to understand that Jesus preached understanding and forgiveness, not contempt, scorn, and revenge.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  169. June


    Spitzer hasn't been charged, but the news media seems to declare him "guilty". Although, in Spitzer's speech, he didn't seem to deny it. Isn't their any man or woman in power who won't give in to temptation, thinking they are above the law, but WE THE PEOPLE aren't??


    March 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  170. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Any elected official who engages in illegal activity should resign because they have broken the sacred trust their constituency placed in them. I guess it comes down to what the meaning of illegal is–if Spitzer can just get people to go for–illegal: a sick bird

    March 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  171. Pat S

    We need more information about customer #9 before we call for Eliot Spitzer to resign. Those who call for his resignation before they have all the facts show poor judgment. I would not be surprised if it comes to resignation, but I wait for the facts. If this is strictly personal then it does not mean he is not able to govern. Time will tell how deep this goes. As for the talk about him being so righteous...they tend to fall the hardest.

    Pat S Warner Robins GA

    March 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  172. michael mccleery

    If Obama were asked: "Do you think Bill CLinton is involved in this prostitution ring?" and he replied, "No, not as far as I know," would there be howls from the Clinton camp? I think so!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  173. FONZI

    Leave the ol' man alone. He has enough to worry about....his age and beautiful wife.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  174. Honest Abe

    Is prostitution illegal? Yes! Are policians supose to follow the laws and not just create them? YES!!!! If he admited breaking the law should he resign? Yes!!!! I he fails to admit it publiclly, should he be put on trial if there is enough evidence? YES!!!!!!

    Is this country in bad shape when we have to be asked if a politicain broken the law, weather or not he should RESIGN?????? YES!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |

    Yes he should resign! I am so tired of these Larry Craig politicians. Get out of office! The American people deserve better, even if our politicians don't seem to think so. If I lived in New York State, I would calling his office very day to demand that he resign!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  176. Lisa from New York

    Its up to the people of New York to decide if he should resign, not the rest of the country. Lets have another NY election for govenor. Which gender will vote for Spitzer, women or men?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  177. virginia

    no he should not resign because Bill Clinton lied and stayed being president of the United States. Whom got hurt by this did some one lose the house or job.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  178. Michael McHenry Columbia, Pa.

    Client number 9 doesn't HAVE to do anything. The voice of all the righteous people that do no wrong in their lives, is what will push him out.

    Of course, then, what will they have to say about the Lt. Governor to take his place. Perhaps they will question how he became blind?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  179. Winston

    Hilary should chose John McCain as her running mate, she has repeatedly stated that she has experience on day one, McCain has experence on day on, so why should she want Oboma as her running mate who is running for pres. on a speech he made in 2004 and who is also leading her in the polls.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  180. Eric Platt


    Of course he should resign. No question about it.

    The real question should be:
    Kobe Bryant got caught in Colorado and bought his wife a $4 million diamond. How much will Spitzer have to spend to buy off his wife?

    Eric Platt
    Toronto, Ontario

    March 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  181. Rose

    Yes, eventually he'll have to step down. I believe that Hillay should denounce and reject his support as a superdelegate. The more support she loses, the quicker we can move on to uniting the party. As for Spitzer, well done. Have your fun. Life is too short to stand on principles and character. Wait...I'm talking about Hillary again. Sorry. Because I can't get off that topic, in the words of Hillary, "Shame on you Governor Spitzer!"

    March 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  182. John

    This friend of Hillary's I wonder if she will regect and denounce his support in New York both as governer and as a superdelegate.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  183. K

    No he shouldnt resign. Obviously his politics have not been bothered by his and his family issues.

    Why does everyone have to resign just because they publically sinned???

    Get real. That is his business not mine. He is a good governor.

    Don't resign Spitzer!!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  184. claire connelly

    Hopefully resignation before the end of today. Who needs this?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  185. Ethan

    Hypocrisy is the core underlying value of American politicians. Spitzer is no exception. There are corrupt cops, corrupt insurance companies, corrupt politicians, the list goes on and on. Spitzer is going to resign, and teach Political Science at a local university. He will be quickly forgotten by New Yorkers, who have been betrayed by him. He was a lousy governor anyway.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  186. Ralph

    Yes. Not so much because he had sex, but because he paid so much for it. Sex at his age is pretty boring anyway. At least he didn't announce on national television: "I had sex with that women!" to satisfy the press and the Republican Party. Rick, Yakima, WA.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  187. Douglas Morgan

    Of course he should resign. Then he would have more time to go clubbing with Bill Clinton.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  188. Philip

    It depends on whether this was an undercover investigation. What in the world was he thinking?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  189. Doug


    I was a Spitzer fan and I think he should resign. However why does Larry Craig still have a job? He pleaded gulty and is still a US Senator. Isn't it a double standard if Craig can keep his job. Do Republicans abide by a different set of laws?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  190. Matt

    June, I am sorry to disappoint, but he has not just been "charged" by the press– he has admitted what he has done publicly. That is a lot different. I am not even 1% sure he would have done so unless the evidence vs. him was overwhelming. I'm sorry, I liked him too. But for godssake he was the AG and went around busting hookers and johns while he was also keeping "dates" with high-class call-girls. This is like finding the head of the FBI drunk on the sidewalk during Prohibition. Nope, can't let it stand.

    Maybe now people will realize that legalizing prostitution is about the only way to keep it from destroying political and person careers, not just of the johns but the "ladies of the night" as well. People are worried about STDs and so on? Well it's already happening, at least now the health dept. can move in and shut things down. Wait for the cops to act and it'll be a long time. But the 1 in 1,000 such places they bust– just happened to nail the gov. of NY in the process, too. Egad.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  191. Jennifer

    He should tender his resignation immediately! This is not acceptable at all.
    Sayreville, NJ

    March 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  192. Carole-WPB, FL

    So another overly-pious, self-righteous hypocritical politician bites the dust. What else is new? Should he resign? You betcha!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  193. ken levy

    Why should he resign? Senator Craig was caught in a mens bathroom and he is still a senator in Washington the last I looked.Id be more concerned about the Obama scandal thats about to break with Tony in Chicago.Tony is going to sing like a bird soon.And when he does we all won't have to worry about new elections in Florida and Michigan.Deep throat is alive and well!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  194. Tamara

    Tamara, Pasadena, CA

    No he won't have to resign!!!! All he has to do is go to rehab. Works for everyone in California.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  195. Steve

    Elliot Spitzer is a good friend of Hillary's and one of her superdelegates. It's contended that Spitzer arranged for the "services" of a female prostitute to be in a WASHINGTON D.C. room. I wonder if maybe he was arranging lesbian services for Hillary or her feminazi's

    March 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  196. jackie

    That man needs to thank God he's an American,south of the border.I can't imagine where they get these supportive women still walking one step behind them. ...and American women want to further the plight of third world treatment of women??

    March 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  197. Tim from Port Neches, Tx

    He should be arrested for doing the same illegal stuff other people would get arrested for. Although it is nice that what he does in his personal life doesn't seem to be having any effect on how he his doing his job.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  198. Alan from San Angelo, TX

    Highly likely Eliott will have to resign, especially if the feds are charging others with breaking the same laws. However, if they only go after those who've committed more serious crimes, Mr. Spitzer may be free to continue serving the public a la Larry Craig.

    Will someone authentic please run for office?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  199. Jake, from Buffalo NY

    As a proud Republican, I certainly hope so. I'll admit, Spitzer was a good man..but this scandal maks him piggish and someone who I do not want governing my state! I hope NYS Sen. Joseph Bruno will run in 2010...but any candidate other than Spitzer will have my support.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  200. Jimmy

    I must have missed something? was he calling ny from dc for services for himself or using that service for clients he had in dc? which ever way, he was crossing state lines and that is federal laws. ain't he lucky....

    March 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  201. Jason, Washington, DC

    I think he should stay put for now. If an official can lie to start a war, shred the Constitution, invade people's privacy, and embarrass the nation for 8 years, yet go unpunished, I think someone getting a little booty on the side is fine.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  202. Peter Haynes

    In NZ prostitution is legal, so there would not have been any investigation in the first place. But if you're a crusader you set yourself higher standards, and a lapse like this destroys your credibility. (As more than one philandering televangelist has discovered.) So, yes, resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  203. William Z. Burke III

    Yes, he should resign. Many people just want to forgive him and sweep this incident under the rug, (just like some senators who get caught in public restrooms doing immoral acts), but it all boils down to the fact that an elected official broke the law. He can say "I'm truly remorse and apologize for this and promise I'll never do it again..." but that's rather hard to believe. You break the law, you suffer the consequences. Period.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  204. Jeff Cohen

    Give it a rest. If he is doing a good job as governor then he doesnt need to resign. He should be judged on his performance as governor, not on some ridiculous scandal. Although I am by no means approving of what he did!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  205. Maureen OBoyle

    How did client #9's name get leaked so quickly? I'd like to know the names of the other clients who are invoved, they have also broken the law. I'm not at all surprised by any of this report, smart people make very poor choices, especially if any type of sex addiction is involved. I voted for this governor, I did not waste my vote. Maureen in Brooklyn, NY

    March 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  206. Eugene Womack Northern California

    Jack, Spitzer is an embarrassment, to his family and the State of New York. Jail will do him good. This pevert should bow out and spend his retirement days, at the local truck stop. It's unbelievable that his family appears, to support him.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  207. RG

    He violated the law!! Sure, he is apologetic now because he was caught. He is a high roller pimp and he has to go........

    March 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  208. Will_Hoboken_NJ

    No he should not resign. He is supporting the only jobs that are not being outsourced in the US!! We should ask every politician from all the parties if they have done something naughty. They all should get fired, if you want a sin free politician, you must follow the rules of the Pope. God help us now!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  209. barackcan

    Yes he should resign and Hillary needs to return any funds that she received from his fund raising efforts.

    Also Hillary needs to reject and renounce his Super D powers.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  210. SLVT

    This is a guy who prosecuted corporate officials for lesser crimes (and had a high number of them overturned on appeal). He was prosecuting prostitution rings as state AG. This is a clear conflict of interest, so he should resign. He should also go to jail for solicitation. If that sounds petty, look at the pettiness of his well-publicized prosecutions.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  211. S. Bacon

    I am a NY Dem. and Mr. Spitzer has already admitted guilt by appologizing... he must resign. He is a disgrace to NY residents, and must step down.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  212. Judge Dredd , Cafe Hollywood , Los Angeles


    At least we know now why Governor Spitzer wanted the State of New York to grant drivers license's to all immigrants in the BIG APPLE... he was only thinking of those Special Delivery's made by working girls in NYC...

    Judge Dredd , Cafe Hollywood , Los Angeles

    March 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  213. alexey

    i don't know jack. In a country where bush can tell us iraq has weapons of mass destruction, Sen. Craig picks up a date in a bathroom and go back to work, i think Gov. Spitzer's job is pretty safe

    March 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  214. Turner


    Perhaps Govenor Spitzer could use one from the Clinton's playbook.
    Make the FBI define 'sexual relations'...

    March 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  215. Christine from California

    He should, not only because he did something illegal, but also because he is a total hypocrite. He will never be able to perform his job as governor as a result of his improprieties. Unlike Larry "I'm not Gay" Craig, Spitzer at least has admitted he did something wrong.

    Thousand Oaks Ca

    March 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  216. Libby Feller

    The only thing I despise more than a corrupt politician is a hypocritical politician. . . and why is it every single time one of these officials gets caught they drag their wife up to the front of the microphone to "stand by their man" as he gives a vague apology, if these women had any sense or self-respect they would be at home with the real victims, the children, not in front of a dozen cameras pretending "they're in this together" b/c they meant their vows even if the other half never did, it makes me gag!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  217. Lura Pittsburgh

    What's with these male politicians that they can't remain faithful to the spouse of their choice? Do they not think they will be caught and exposed? Spitzer was an attorney, and knew that prostitution is illegal.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  218. Nikky

    While as we all know Senator Mccain is quite old beside his age, he has a certain type of cancer called Melanoma. I believe and so many Americas would agree that the position he is seek to lead is a very demanding role, and the Americans deserve a president will a clear bill of health.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  219. Steve in Fort Worth

    Why is anyone surprised about this.

    All men have two heads and although they both have brains, when the lower brain engages everyone knows the upper brain goes completely dead, non-functioning.

    Oy Vey !

    March 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  220. imaobong ekwere

    i mean if public office holders cant hold their libido they should be try not to be caught doing the wrong thing.i think he should do what bill clinton did not do.RESIGN

    March 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  221. Naren

    Yes he must resign.What is Spitzer trying to prove and why is he the governor when he does not have the ethics, the intergrity and the morality to uphold the highest office of the state. He must be ashamed of himself when his house is not right , he is going after people who do wrong. Hello Spitzer , STEP Down and do your party good if you want Democrats to win NEW YORK in the coming election before a Republican stands as the governor. You are giving a chance to Republicans about you and the party.. What standards and ethics do you teach your children. You have 3 daughters and look at the mental trauma you have installed in their minds and that will stay for the rest of their lives.....

    March 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  222. MJaber

    I think that the governer should resign, because this scandle shows us that if this governer can't even control his own life. How would he be able to do a good job of being a governer?

    March 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  223. Edward Southwick Jr.

    If the pundits continue to make it a big issue, he will probably have to resign. However, if it could be discussed a little more pragmatically like in Europe, it would cease to be such an issue, and people might focus more on our leaders getting the job done regardless of their personal lives....it really would be a waste to fire a leader like Spitzer who has been so affective in fighting crime and corruption that really does make a difference in our lives....

    I think the American people are going to have to start making choices between having a leader like Bush who leads a clean private life but does an absolutely terrible job for our country or others who may lead less desireable private lives but gets things done for the country.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  224. Turner


    Perhaps Govenor Spitzer could take one from the Clinton playbook and ask the FBI to define 'sexual relations'.

    Turner from Washington State

    March 10, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  225. Bobby Drummond Florida

    If he is found to be quilty. He should resign. Bush and Cheny are quilty of fabricating excuses to start a war but they won't even be impeached!! No justice in this country anymore!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  226. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Why should Governor Sptizer resign? There was no talk of a Senator David Vitter resignation after his admission to using Washington D.C. prostitutes. And then there's the famous Senator Larry Craig who mistakenly pleaded guilty to soliciting gay sex in an airport men's room, then accidentally talked of leaving the senate before mistakenly appealing his guilty plea.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  227. Amanulla Khan

    He Should step down. What he did is not good for a Governor.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  228. R from NY

    Spitzer can run but he can't hide from his family; they are the ones he must answer to foremost. At the same time, as a crime-fighter he has been good for New York and the nation as a whole. How many politicians have had bad judgement, but walked with a slap on the wrist. Moreover, if Obama was found to have an extra-marital affair, his followers would look for means to explain it away or to blame it on others. Spitzer should be censured, but not forced to resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  229. Dane


    Why should he?? at least he isn't in the bathroom tap dancing around

    March 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  230. Jerry

    He is like ever other politician and preacher that gets caught with his finger in the cookie jar, first they ask forgiveness from their wives, then from the public, check into a rehab center and cry a little. When are the American people going to stop singing the praises of these jerks that say one thing and do another. This without a doubt is not the first time and if not for being caught would still be doing the same thing. He and Larry Craig should go into business together, that would be a marriage made in heaven.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  231. habib

    definately yes
    it is a disgrace to his family and the state and the nation
    it is high time criminals start paying the price for thier crimes and that should include prison time

    March 10, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  232. Richard

    Democrat Spitzer should resign......after Republican Senator David Vitter does. Both are guilty of private, marital transgressions but too of the further humiliation of their wives being used as dressing for their mea culpas. The frightful hubris that men such as these possess thinking they will ever be accorded any respect in the future by constituents or those public officials whose cooperation is required for the furtherence of the people's business is symptomatic of the out-of-touchness of our top leadership...millionares all. In Louisiana we call this a Vittiotic act.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  233. jeff reynolds

    Under normal circumstances I feel a public servant has a right to the same amount of privacy we all could expect, however when a public servant crusades against that which he is guilty of himself, he should be judged according to his own stantards.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  234. Marlene Barber

    I don't know if he will resign or not,but he should. Our government officials should be held to a higher standard. They are supposed to be busy looking out for the people's best interest.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  235. KNY

    It's the ethical thing to do. He apparently failed the first ethics test, let's see if he passes the second.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  236. Don Nowak

    Hell no! Your question assumes that we New Yorkers are embarassed by the governor's activities. Au contraire. What would have been embarassing was having the gov use the local $50-100 DC hookers that our Congressmen use. Instead, his use of a $4,400/hr New York escort service showed both class and panache. Besides, he helped boost our local economy, and helped put Amtrak in the black. We are "talkin' proud" of our gov and his high class taste!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  237. Andrea GA

    I don't think he has to resign. As long as he has not misappropriated government or tax payer funds he is fine...he's not creating history here. He is not the first husband to commit adultery and wont be the last ...let us just thank god it wasn't worse..it could have been with minors or members of the same sex...just having relations with prostitutes is more of a moral issue than a political one. Take these men off their wooden pedestals..they are humans too and remember "to err is human"

    March 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  238. KNY

    I have a question. Who is #8? #7? #6 on this list?
    Let me just say, Elliot Spitzer isn't the only Political Figure doing this. I think for those who are calling for his resignation, let the list be released. Then, we'll ask again.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  239. Jennifer, Ocean, N.J.

    One would assume that a man who has been a prosecuter and fought hard to get elected to the highest office in the State of NY would be wise enough not to break the law and believe he could get away with it. Well, again another politician bites the dust. Of course, he should resign and do so with some humility and concern for the State of NY. I also believe he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Why should the prostitutes be held to the letter of the law and the john's continue to be slapped on the wrist.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  240. Patrick McDonald

    It is really unfortunate that Eliot Spitzer, such a well-known fighter of corruption, would make so many corrupt ones in his brief term. From the ongoing battle with Republicans, to this, it would be sad if it wasn't so ironic.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  241. Carl


    The clock is ticking on Spitzer's governorship. It' s not a matter of if but when. You bet it's going to be sooner rather than later!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  242. Robert Butler, Long Beach, CA

    I think the governor has only the people New York to answer too, and only if they believe that his personal indiscretion in this matter somehow can spread to other issues that involve the public trust. I don't think he should have to resign, but then again, I live in California.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  243. KNY

    I'm beginning to think Washington D.C. Has some major sex issues! Maybe it's too much time trying to figure out what they should be doing with the money they are all making....

    March 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  244. Gigi in Alabama

    Let it all play out . . . If the wife is still by his side what's the big deal? Other politicians have done this and more and are still in office. I do not condone infidelity but I cannot see what it has to do with doing his job as governor.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  245. Brenda

    Well, if every person who had inappropriate sexual relations should resign from their jobs , most Americans would be jobless !!!!!!

    How did he do as a Governer is what we need to focus. The rest is upto his wife – whether to keep him or let him go – it is their personal life and their problem !!!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  246. Niklas

    Hi should definitely not resign. His private life is his and he has to answer to his family and friends. Focus on the good things he has accomplished as politician. Keep on as governor!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  247. Stacy

    When I first heard about this I laughed at the hypocrisy of his actions.
    But its not funny at all: It is a very sad day when one of the supposed "good guys" ends us being one the "bad guys" that he went after for many years.

    Stacy, Fairfax, VA

    March 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  248. Martin from Los Angeles

    ABSOLUTELY!! Without a doubt!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  249. Celia Ann

    Yes, I am so tired of these scandals, it takes time, energy and money away from solving our problems. Of course he should resign, it shouldn't even be a question. His platform was honesty and integrity. I am sorry he missed his own mark, but no one forced him to do it. God help his wife and daughters. Help him to earn thier forgiveness.

    I am tired, tired, tired of this kind of foolishness!!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  250. Dave

    For the record: Bill Clinton Lied about an immoral act; wheras, Spitzer appartenly, commited a crime...big difference.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  251. Hilde Schildgen

    Yes, he has to go. My question is, why do they always bring their
    wives into the picture, when they get caught?


    March 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  252. IH

    Sighs! Resign or not resign? Does it even matter anymore?. Another morally bankrupt low-life politician who has been eagerly waiting his turn will replace him. I am starting to see a really scary pattern emerging from these politicians in the recent years which, frankly, has gotten me worried about the future of this great country of ours.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  253. MK

    As someone who was more than happy to vote for him when he ran for governor, I have to say that he has to resign. If his platform was feeding the homeless and bringing jobs to New York, I would feel differently, but at the end of the day he ran on fighting corruption, corporate greed and organized crime, and there is no way he can push that agenda with any credibility.

    Yes, there needs to be a distinction made between Guiliani-style straight up infidelity and Spitzer's buying on "lay away".

    March 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  254. Lynda

    Is paid sex really a crime? If sex is criminal only when paid for but OK when it is free, does that mean that using drugs is criminal if paid for but not if received as a gift?

    Give Spitzer a pass!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  255. Leonard M

    You ask wil Spitzer have to resign? I am not sure of the legal ramifications, but if he committed a crime, then he shold do the time. He should probably resign out of due respect to the public. What a person does in their private life is not the business of the public. Why is everyone bringing Sen Clinton into the discussion, she has nothing to do with this scenario and again the media is dragging her through the mud. Please give it up. I am tired of the way that the media treats Mrs. Clinton. And Please don not squelch my free speech by deleting my comments as you have done before.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  256. Barbara

    Barbara from Nevada
    Yes, resign. He can go back to practicing law. It seems that he had more fun and success then. Besides, lawyers wouldn't mind having him back, no moral shock waves here to worry about.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  257. Lyle

    Jack-You don't think a wiretap disguised as an anti-terrorism wiretap from the Bush administration could possilby be involved in trapping Gov Spitzer, do you? Can't imagine that happening in a democracy such as ours.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  258. Shawn Kingsley

    I know many people will say yes but are his sins bigger than Bill's? I'm a bit torn but I am more tilted towards the yes answer because Spitzer built his politcal image as a no nonsense, incorruptible, anti-prostitition, law-enforcer. I think he should resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  259. John - Louisiana

    I can't stop laughing. Throw the bum out.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  260. Gerry

    Someone had better bury the client list. Wouldn't look good to see Bill Clinton's name.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  261. Dawn Helene

    I don't care what he does with his Johnson as long as his partner consents. It's long past time we decriminalized the oldest profession.

    New York, NY

    March 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  262. Jeff from oregon

    No he should not resign. If he is found guilty he should recieve his punishment, but this situation does not impact what he has accomplished in office.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  263. Male Californian

    He should RESIGN - In Fact the Senator from New York (Hillary) should ask him to resign. He broke the law and moral code. He deserves to be punished for his self serving greed.

    As a life long Democrat - I am embarrased by this news. We appear to have leaders that care for nothing but themselves. Hillary will stoop to anything to be President and he supporters appear to be the same. I heard the Govenor of Penn say that Super Delegates have the right to vote against the will of the people. If that is not the most self serving statement.

    I am just so disappointed in this countries leadership.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  264. Bob Martin

    I knew as soon as I heard a politician was involved with a prostitute it had to be a Democrat. I also knew it couldn't be a Republican, Afterall Republicans chase house pages and little Boys.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  265. CaRENE

    He should resign-but, for different reasons. his decision to give illegal immigrants license was wrong. i am an immigrant but I waited in line and received my papers legally.
    Illicit sex is not a reason to resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  266. Mike S from NC

    I think that is up to the people of New York. Lets all watch and see what kind of ethics the people of New York have! We know the governor has no ethics!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  267. Lusala

    Former US President Bill Cliton did not resign when he made his history in the White House. Why should Eliot Spitzer resign after just visiting a professional lady outside official institutions.

    March 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  268. Wanakee Hill

    Unfortunately for Spitzer, he has been on a downward spiral for some time now. This is the last straw in a string of bad judgment moves. Spitzer needs to step down.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  269. cjvwise1

    I think we need to put pad locks on the zippers of our elected officials pants and give the key to their kids or wives to insure the security of our governments. The judgment of these guys is sophomoric so someone with a little restraint needs to be in charge of their small brains. It only proves that Hollywood stupid is not limited to Hollywood stars.

    Coolridge, WV

    March 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  270. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    Resign? Why not just join the ranks of all the other Republicans who are hiding similar secrets. This moron wants to legitimize illegal aliens and have illicit sex and who knows what else while hiding behing the facade of a moral crusader. I suggest we get rid of all of them and start over!

    March 10, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  271. Rock in Fort Worth, Texas

    I just listened to James Carvile's hypocritical attempt at softpedaling Gov. Spitzer's problems. I wonder if he'd be talking from the same side of his mouth, if a Republucan governer was involved. I think not!

    March 10, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  272. RedSea, American in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt

    I do not think a man"s fidelity has anything to do with his work, even if a Govenor, or even if a President. But in this case, it is not just an issue of infidelity, but the source of his affair or infidelity is from a prostition ring, which is an illegal activity, even if he was not married. So I think there will be much pressure for him to resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  273. Malcolm

    As a resident of New York State, I have to say that although I am disappointed, I fail to see why this is relevant to his ability to govern. Although I did not vote for him in 2006, he has been a good governor, and I was planning on voting for his reelection. This does not change that. In fact, he's handling it better than I would expect, by owning up to his mistake and not trying to deny it.

    Rochester, NY

    March 10, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  274. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    I think it is time to get some of these hypocrits out of office. We could use some real honest ethical men in political office..you know the kind of men like our Dads.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  275. cjvwise1

    Resign and reimburse the coffers of NY for the money spent on this crap. I received a call from a long time Spitzer supporter. who resides in Rochester, NY. She is crushed by this news and said she may never vote for another Democrate again. What slugs these out of control officials are to act so irresponsible.
    Coolridge, WV

    March 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  276. Denise, Chicago, IL

    Spitzer, a Clinton Supporter should resign. He is a hippocrite who engaged in prostitution activities. I remember the NYS gubernatorial race, it was a joke. Spitzer was viewed as an American Hero.

    What other Governors and Senate members have engage in such activites? He is a big supporter of the Clintons. Wake up American-Wake up America.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  277. Lance Mayfield - Viburnum, Missouri

    Another elected official, another wife standing by her man,(Tammy Wynette) and another revelation that the power and income are more at stake than their reputation. In this case it appears he broke the law not just the marriage vowels. He should resign and move on as anyone else who breaks the law and thereby breaks the trust of the pubic.

    Lance Mayfield
    Viburnum, Missouri

    March 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  278. Michael Simons

    I think it depends on what he was doing if he was running the prostitution ring he might be in trouble and have to resign but if he was seeing prostitute I do not think anyone should judge him on his personal life that is none of there business.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  279. CS

    He most definitely should resign! I just hope that Republicans don't begin to label this as a sign that all democrats are corrupt! Shouldn't Senator Vitter have resigned after admitting he saw a prostitute as well as Senator Craig? Two senators who continue to work in the senate?

    March 10, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  280. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    If he has any honor the resignation will happen by the end of business tomorrow. He is a politician though and they are generally without any honor, integrity or remorse. Remember how stubborn Spitzer was in his insistance that illegals be given drivers licenses. I'll take great joy watching him fall from this, both publicy and privately.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  281. carol

    Of course, he has to resign. If we can impeach a President, then this guy has to go.

    Here's another thought:

    Why is it that we have so many men in politics involved in sex scandals and, as far as I know, no women??? Just another reason to elect a woman to the White House, I sincerely think we will not have to worry about a sex scandal from a woman President and in particular "this woman."

    March 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  282. bob armanini

    re: Spitzer

    This is the governor's most significant 'accomplishment' since he was elected. He's been nothing short of a disappearing act for most of his term, occasionally emerging to do....well, nothing really.
    He needs to quickly go join the countless other hacks and empty suits that inhabit the dustbin of history.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  283. Mike in PHX

    I know the Gov. Spitzer Prostitution story is a big deal. Many republicans are asking for his resignation. However, why are the reporters not reminding them about Senator David Vitter's resignation and why they didn't call for his head just a year ago? Call out the HYPOCRISY!!!!

    Governor Spitzer should resign only when and if Senator David Vitter does!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  284. Ralph Taliercio - Long Island, NY

    I voted for Spitzer, I supported Spitzer during his year long fight with the State Senate. Sadly yes he should resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  285. M.Walters

    should be a pre-requisite: anyone who wants to run for public office (State/U.S.) should be made a eunuch first.

    Might accomplish a lot more that needs to be done that way.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  286. Ron from Parker CO

    Hi JACK

    I feel bad for Elliot but I just heard that we are going to upgrade the Polish military and install a missile defence system there – never mind Elliot, what is that Polish honey going to cost us.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  287. Dennis

    Jack. Eliot Spitzer must step down however what negative impact will this reflect on New York politics as a whole?

    March 10, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  288. jp

    He can try the right wing conspiracy defense. It worked before. If it works here, his wife may run for the Governor.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  289. Derik

    It is my opinion Jack that the Gov. of New York should resign. Members who are "elected" to represent the state which they were elected to should be in good moral standing. Being part of a prostitution ring is a disgrace to the office he holds and how could he not be bias in cases he would make a final decision on if they were appealed to his position? I know if I were in trouble and he was the appellate level, I would use his being involved in a prostitution ring to gain his vote in my favor. He is a disgrace to the very position we elected him to.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  290. david

    i dont think so, i mean, if we forced every politician that had a skeleton like this in their closet out, both the house and the senate would probably resemble a 4H club meeting.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  291. Allen vandal

    Hi Jack
    He set high standards. So he should live by them. Yes he should drop out.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  292. Joy

    Doesn't it just figure that he'd pay about 5 grand for his hooker? People in government usually pay exorbitant prices without batting an eye. The upside: if he's screwing a professional, that's less time spent screwing the people of New York! Resign already, Eliot.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  293. Mo Plummer Kiawah Island, SC

    You bet. And his wife should give him the boot as well.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  294. Zach

    Aha! Now we know why those wiretap warrants were so important.

    Saved America Again!!!

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  295. John, New Jersey

    If it was illegal, yes, Jack, he should resign. Any public official, even the president, should be removed from office if found to have done something illegal. Now, if only people applied this logic to members of our Executive Branch.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  296. Peggy Leslie

    Regarding Eliot Spitzer;
    I see dumb people.
    They're everywhere.
    They walk around just like regular people.
    They don't even know that they're dumb.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  297. Randy

    If he is guilty then he should resign, get counseling, and get a good divorce lawyer.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  298. Neil Klemetsrud

    Why is it that one of Obama's aides had the dignity to resign after making an innapropriate comment about another candidate but the a leader in the national spotlight wont even admit to doing anything wrong?

    That should show you that Obama's people take responsibility for their actions. A welcome change to politics from what we've seen in the last 30 years.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  299. Mick Bailey

    gee what puritans. if everyone who paid for sex had to resign their position in life ....................

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  300. Deb Bayne

    Hmm, even Spitzer couldn't keep his pants on. Now I'm convinced, more than ever, that a woman president would be a refreshing change. Let's show our sons and daughters what real leadership looks like.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  301. David Harris

    Why? Bill Clinton didn't! Why Should Spitzer? At least he paid for it!

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  302. Tony Hamas

    I really do not think the Governor should stepdown because of a personal issue. He has made mistakes and no body is above mistakes, this does not remove the stuffs and determination he has to move newy york ahead in all matters. He should settle with his family. He has apologised to the public and that is all. Period.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  303. Kim Henderson

    If he is found guilty, then he needs to resign. If he is found not guilty, then he should not. No one should lose their job over an allegation or for being charged with a crime. "Innocent until proven guilty", remember.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  304. Robert Weir

    It has been too long since we have held politicians to a higher standard. I feel that ethics and morality are driven by society. What we expect is what we get. If we don't expect quality, how can we expect to receive it? Spitzer should resign.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  305. Herman Smith

    It’s unfortunate that most Americans has a short memory. Maybe this relates to our country short history… Politics in America is dirty business full of greed, hatred, lies and deceit. The Governor is allege to be involved with illicit activities. Therefore, New Yorkers shouldn’t rush to past judgment until after the investigation. Until then he should remain as Governor for the State of New York.

    H B Smith/ Michigan

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  306. kayren mccarty

    He should definitely resign. Prositution is against the law and the people we elect should uphold the law. His values surely do not refelt the majority of the citizens in New York and around the world. Politicans should not get a clean sweep, but rather should be punished and lose his job!

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  307. Alan O'Mara

    Yes Spitzer rode in on a white horse, hopefully for his family's sake he will have ridden out on a "Trojan Horse".

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  308. Edward Richards

    Absolutely. This kind of behavior is reprehensible. He didn't only cheat on his wife, he broke the law. If he doesn't resign he should be impeached!


    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  309. Don M, Fair Lawn NJ

    A lesser light than Spitzer might weather the storm without resigning – after all, we have come to expect this sort of stuff, and all of us are human with human weaknesses.

    But Elliot "holier than thou" Spitzer has lost the essence of his reputation, and will now be lumped together with the rest of the sleazy folk who call themselves politicians.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  310. Tone

    Resign? Why hasn't he been arrested like the rest of us would be if we were involved in an illegal crime ring?

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  311. brooklyncardinal

    You hit it on the head, Jack. Why these politicians feel they can roam with free reign is beyond me. Why do these elected officials feel they can put themselves in situations where they jeopardize their integrity and embarrass those who support them. It makes me sick as an American and I can only wonder what foreign nations think

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  312. Pat Allen

    Does the State of NY have an ethics committee that would oversee the behavior of its elected officials? Course I suppose an ethics committee would have to be operating in an awake, ethical manner which given that Craig is still serving in Congress maybe ethics committees are generally invisible committees. After an investigation, if found unworthy to serve, if he does not resign, if an ethics committee or oversight committee exists with legal clout then yes he should be gone. Let's see that is three "ifs"......

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  313. Tony

    Spitzer don't haveta do anything.

    Perhaps what bears more scrutiny is America's puritanical attutude. In some parts of the world, good decent people have an open mind.

    So, he was with a hooker.

    Bush policies are directly related to the death of tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians. I haven't noticed anyone okay, maybe a few) ready to indict him for murder.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  314. Janice

    Of course he should resign effective immediately. Additionally, he must be required to forfeit his big fat pension and limitless perks effective immediately.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  315. Cora

    He should not have to be forced to resign, he should just go on and do the thing. He has rendered himself ineffective. No one in their right mind will have any more respect for him. If there is an ounce of decency in him (which there probably isn't), he will resign without being prompted to do so.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  316. Garrett

    If he has any class what so ever, he will do the right thing and step down. It's called "consequence" for one's actions. If Bill Clinton had nay adherance to "consequence" for his earlier actions, Al Gore would have stepped up to finish his term and we would NOT be in the war.
    But that's not our world today, is it? Our world is about gratification without responsibility.

    March 10, 2008 at 6:15 pm |