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Spitzer's Business is Not Our Business

Does being with a prostitute impair Spitzer’s ability to govern the State of New York? Probably not.

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james d granata:

The author of this piece states 'the Middle East has something to be admired for: public figures are given latitude in their private lives.'

How much latitude, in their private lives, are public figures given if their "private' relationships includes homosexual activity?


While I appreciate and you might agree that world's oldest profession should probably be legalized and safely regulated, this is not the current situation.

I also agree that one's private life should remain private. But, in this case, Spitzer was caught with his proverbial pants down and in light of his strong oppositions to prostitution it makes him the ultimate hypocrite.

If the press and public feels justified in condemning the Reprobates then they must also be fair to Demoncrats as well. By the way I generaly vote Demoncratatic.

Although he could probably continue to govern, he has lost his moral authority and it would have an effect on all that he would attempt to accomplish going forward.


Huh? What a stupid article. Does law, violation of criminal laws and punishment have any meanings to you, Mr. Sher?

He didn't have a private affair, like Clinton. He committed several federal and state criminal offences including inter-state aid of prostitution, money laundering, the use of a different name (let alone, a close friend) at a Washington hotel and Adultry. All of these are crimes and as the Governor, the chief enforcer and executor of laws in NY, he must enforce all laws, not selectively.

Spitzer was not just another "John" to the hooker. This man was a star prosecutor and had full awareness of the illegality of his actions.

John :

At the end of the day the main bug should be blackmail. If the numbers that are circulating are true he paid at least 80 grand for the service. And that just what we know of. Anybody think that was just for sex? That price tag must have included the silence of some peoples and probably other service like drug.

An operation like the emperor club is certainly under control of a organized crime gang. (aka mafia) So somebody must have owned or was about to purchase Spitzer. The former Governor would have sooner or later received a package with some pictures and probably a few videos too. You think it only in movie that politician wake up next to a dead hooker. If the end game is to brake him to make Spitzer their puppet do you think some peoples would hesitate to go that far.

The other bug is the above the law attitude. He was a pit bull DA but he considered himself free to partake in money laundering and prostitution. And he does not even have the excuse to say that he ignored the interstate law since he was a freaking DA.

That kind of disturbed self destruct mindset will only have leaded to major missuses of power. The whole troopergate mess was a pretty good sign that the man had a screw loose has a former New York mayor put it.


Normally I would agree that we shouldn't look into other people's beds. Prostitution is as old as life and probably so is cheating. Men reading this can probably relate better. But, when it comes to such a high-ranking official, he should know better. Does this mean he can't lead a "normal" civillian life? Sure does. Is it OK? Sure is. He chose the job. He has to face the music. And if the music says no prostitution, then... that's it. With puritan America being as it is, he can't be two-faced and expect to get by with it.
The far more interesting question is, in light of all the recent escapades we hear about, is what America going to do about prostitution? Are we having the prohibition era all over again? Perhaps it is time to realize that the actual doing is not so bad? We are judging him because he broke the law. But if this weren't the law, would it have any bearings on his governing abilities? On that point I tend to agree with the original post.


Sexual matters should be private unless they involving breaking the law, and opening a person to blackmail.

As for the press respecting the public and private lives of politicians and religious leaders in the Middle East, the press in many of these countries faces restrictions from the governments, and the writers do quite a bit of self-censorship to stay in business themselves. They know only to criticize those who can not retaliate against them.


If a Governor takes an oath to uphold the law, he is legally and morally bound to obey those laws. If he disagreed with said laws he should have used his position to attempt to change the laws.


I agree with the author on his assertion that a politician should be judged based on his political achievements and shortcomings not on his personal life. That is until he breaks the law. Mr. Spitzer is accused of hypocrisy in addition to breaking the law and it is this accusation that has caused much of the public outcry. Hypocrisy in public officials is not a private matter and can not be dismissed as personal preference. So on the face of it, the author’s assertion is invalid.

But let’s look at this hypocrisy accusation a little closer. Apparently Mr. Spitzer has a soft spot for prostitutes (no word games intended!) Based on this assumption one would expect him to be lenient on prostitution activity during his 2 terms as Attorney General or even look for some favors received in exchange for his leniency. We know that this is not the case. Also, Mr. Spitzer is of the Jewish fate, so are many of the people doing business on Wall Street. Same expectation of leniency has proven false here. It looks like Mr. Spitzer was able to separate his personal life from his professional responsibilities quite successfully. He did an excellent job as Attorney General despite of his personal preferences. He does have some shortcomings in his personal life, but calling him a hypocrite because he did a job he was hired to do to the best of his ability despite those shortcomings is just a bit too harsh.

He broke a law. But he did not break it in the course of doing his job as the governor (he did not accept bribes or used the influence of his office for personal gain); he broke it as a private citizen. It should have been looked at as such.


Making himself vulnerable to blackmail and extortion puts millions of the people he 'governs' at risk. The selfishness and arrogance is not just about him and his pleasures. He puts his wife at risk for disease, and inflicts severe pain on his children and family. It isn't just about sex, when the big picture is viewed. This liberal attitude of "victimless crimes" and other cute sayings has given us 1 in 4 teenage girls with STD's, just as telling us certain acts weren't really sex in the 90's had led to an explosion of risky behavior, depression and disease among the very young. Wake up and see the bigger picture. Standards of behavior have been in place for centuries for a reason. Do some fall? of course, none are perfect, but it should never be made to seem heroic, or a good thing. There are consequences. We are harvesting what the 'new and improved' social norms have given us.


1. This is not a private issue. Spitzer likely broke various federal and state laws. He was a prosecutor, AG, and Governor while doing so. He thus violated rules of professional conduct as an attorney. He put people in prison for the same crimes he committed. The money he gave to these enterprises goes on to fund other illegal activities (i.e. drugs). He knows this b/c he broke up various prostitution rings himself. This is not a case of simple infidelity, which would be more of a private matter. It's a public matter because the man charged with enforcing the law, who did so vigorously against those he did not like, broke the law. Not just prostitution. Stop spinning and WTFU.


Spitzer didn't seem to think that was a valid viewpoint when he was prosecuting _other_ people for involvement with prostitution....


Um... once a governor engages in an illegal activity with someone, them someone *knows* he has committed a crime and can use that against him, and by extension, against the citizens of New York.

That's why it isn't private! He's not a private citizen! Why is this so hard to understand?


Whoever Spitzer have relations with is his business. However, any person that cheat on his or her spouse may cheat you. Anyway, it was Spitzer himself that crusaded as a moral and ethical advocate.

Using covert and illegal ways to funnel money to the prostitution arrangements does not sit well with a person that viciously attacked the same thing when he was DA.

It doesn't matter who he slept with, what matters is that he left his office vulnerable and open to extortion and blackmail because of his indiscretions.

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