By: E&P Staff
New York’s Gov. Eliot Spitzer, known for his ethics reform stance, has been linked to a prostitution ring, a New York Times story reports this afternoon. The Times story by Danny Hakim and William K. Rashbaum opens, “Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.”
Local TV outlets soon suggested that he would soon step down as governor. Spitzer told the press shortly after 3 p.m. that he had let down the state and the public and needs to spend time with his family — but did not resign. His wife was by his side. He did not take questions.
The latest from the Times is that Spitzer was ensnared by a federal wiretap.
The Times reports: “Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides inside his Fifth Avenue apartment early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He scheduled an announcement for 2:15 after inquiries from the Times.
“Mr. Spitzer, a first term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform an end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.
“Just last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. Administration officials would not say that this was the ring with which the governor had become involved.
“But a person with knowledge of the governor?s role said that the person believes the governor is one of the men identified as clients in court papers.
“The governor?s travel records show that he was in Washington in mid-February. One of the clients described in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, the Emperors Club VIP on the night of Feb. 13.
“Mr. Spitzer appeared on a CNBC television show at 7 a.m. the next morning. Later in the morning, he testified before a Congressional committee.”
The full story is at www.nytimes.com
The New York Observer reports this afternoon, “A team of New York Times metro and investigation reporters and editors have been working since yesterday afternoon to break the story of Eliot Spitzer’s
alleged involvement with a prostitution ring, according to a newsroom
source. The group of editors were led by metro editor Joe Sexton, politics editor Mary Ann Giordano (former Observer managing editor!), metro political editor Carolyn Ryan and investigation editors Matthew Purdy, Kevin Flynn and Ian Urbina.
“According to our source, editors and reporters, led mostly by Mr. Sexton and Ms. Girordano, were shuffling in and out of conference rooms and repeatedly calling field reporters deep into the night….At the building, a huge crowd has gathered near the paper’s metro area on
the third floor.”