Aides to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer are holding transition meetings with the lieutenant governor’s office, a top legislative staffer said as calls for Spitzer’s resignation heated up Tuesday.
If Spitzer resigns, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, 53, would become the state’s first black governor and the fourth in U.S. history. The former Senate minority leader is legally blind and is the son of Basil Paterson, a longtime Democratic operative in New York City.
Now, there have been no charges filed against Spitzer but it’s obvious he believes he is guilty of something.Ã‚Â He was smart to come forward, the Feds had him on tape and he was merely stepping forward knowing that it was going to come out sooner or later.Ã‚Â I don’t think he should get points for this; it’s what he should do.Ã‚Â The cover-up is usually worse than the offense itself but that we should be giving kudos for doing what should be the expected norm shows how little we expect from our elected officials.
For me, when someone breaks the law and they hold an elected office there should be an expectation that a resignation would follow.Ã‚Â I do believe in “innocent until proven guilty” but at the same time, how does an ongoing investigation help anyone fulfill his or her expected duties?Ã‚Â (Yes, I know, the Bush Administration has made this look too easy).
Regardless of the fact that we are all human, we do need to hold elected officials not to a higher standard, but to a standard that we all are held to!Ã‚Â The laws apply to every citizen. Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m often appalled by the hubris of politicians who seem to believe that they are not only above the law, but that they are above being caught.
In cases where the transgression was between consenting adults and no law was broken, it’s a personal matter.Ã‚Â As progressives, I think it’s important to be consistent in that such things are not our business, as long as they don’t detrimentally interfere with the office held then it’s not for us to pass on the punishment.Ã‚Â It really just comes down to the spouse.
One of my pet peeves is how spouses are made to stand by while their husbands admit to adultery to the public.Ã‚Â Obviously itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s their choice to do so but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think they should have to!Ã‚Â Seriously, I think I might just say, go on, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the one who Ã¢â‚¬Å“slipped upÃ¢â‚¬Â, take care of it on your own.Ã‚Â As much as I believe in marriage as a partnership, I also believe that no wife or husband should be made to stand next to the podium.Ã‚Â I think the embarrassment of the transgression is enough on its own.
This particular situation is raising quite a few questions though.Ã‚Â Why was this a Federal Investigation?Ã‚Â Prostitution tends to be a State issue and is not usually covered by the Feds.Ã‚Â Why did they leak the phone calls?Ã‚Â There are some questions that do need to be answered.
As Bill has pointed out and Rebecca (thank you), Spitzer was connected to someÃ‚Â suspicious money transfers that the Bank was responsible to report to theÃ‚Â IRS, who in turn went to he Feds.Ã‚Â
According to the New York Times, Internal Revenue Service investigators conducting a routine examination of suspicious financial transactions reported by banks found several unusual movements of cash involving Spitzer. The transactions appeared to be aimed at trying to conceal the source, destination or purpose of the movement of thousands of dollars in cash into bank accounts of what appeared to be shell companies, the newspaper said.
When a customer moves at least $10,000 at a time, bank employees must automatically fill out a currency transaction report (CTR), which is typically reviewed by the IRS or the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.Ã‚Â
Hillary Clinton has already erased all connection to Spitzer from her campaign website.Ã‚Â
While all the media hoo-hah was going on Monday, and the number of visitors to websites with Spitzer stories absolutely rocketed off the charts, the alert folks over at Radar Online cleverly went to Clinton’s campaign website and put a clock on the endorsement page.
Their timing showed that faster than you can say “Mitt Romney dumps Larry Craig,” the Spitzer endorsement on the Clinton website disappeared. Vanished. Gone. Poof. Like he never happened to her last May. There’s Melanie Griffith, John Cook and Norm Dicks. But no more Eliot Spitzer.
It took Romney nearly a day to erase the toe-tapping Craig last August. It took Clinton less than an hour. That’s the long experience of the Clinton machine at work.
Do you think it makes much of a difference?Ã‚Â Do you think it’s the right thing to do even though many Democrats are aware that Spitzer endorsed Clinton.Ã‚Â So many questions!