The details are still coming in but Eliot Spitzer the Governor of New York has been implicated in a prostitution scandal. He rose through the system by fighting corruption, criminal syndicates, fraud, and corporate misconduct. I expect unless the NYTimes allegations are false he will be forced out of office. He was an up-and-comer. Until 2:00 PM today he may have been the most likely Jew to become a major presidential candidate in ’12 or ’16.
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.
Update: There are some substantial reasons to believe that Spitzer was a political target of Bush’s appointees at the Justice Department. Mainly, the speed with which the case happened from beginning to end implies that it was handled from the outset by the Public Integrity Section. This further implies that the case started with a warrantless search of Spitzer’s financial history while Governor and proceeded to follow up the lead that yielded this conviction. Of course this doesn’t make his behavior more acceptable just speaks to how to proceed and whether this is a setup or a clean prosecution.