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    Spitzer may have spent big on call girls (il duetche- $80K to play hide the salami!!)

    your tax $$ at work....

    [QUOTE][B]Spitzer may have spent big on call girls

    By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press Writer
    2008 The Associated Press [/B]

    ALBANY, N.Y. With pressure mounting on Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign over a call-girl scandal, investigators said Tuesday he was clearly a repeat customer who spent tens of thousands of dollars perhaps as much as $80,000 with the high-priced prostitution service over an extended period of time.

    Spitzer and his family, meanwhile, remained secluded in their Fifth Avenue apartment, while Republicans began talking impeachment, and few if any fellow Democrats came forward to defend him. A death watch of sorts began at the state Capitol, where whispers of "What have you heard?" echoed through nearly every hallway of the ornate, 109-year-old building.

    On Monday, when the scandal broke, prosecutors said in court papers that Spitzer had been caught on a wiretap spending $4,300 with the Emperors Club VIP call-girl service, with some of the money going toward a night with a prostitute named Kristen, and the rest as credit toward future trysts. The papers also suggested that Spitzer had done this before.

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, a law enforcement official said Tuesday that Spitzer, in fact, had spent tens of thousands of dollars with the Emperors Club. Another official said the amount could be as high as $80,000. But it was not clear over what period of time that was spent.

    Still another law enforcement official said investigators found that during the tryst with Kristen on the night before Valentine's Day, Spitzer used two rooms at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington one for himself, the other for the prostitute. Sometime around 10 p.m., Spitzer sneaked away from his security detail and made his way to the room where she was waiting, the official said.

    Insiders on Tuesday said the governor was still trying to decide how to proceed. Options included quitting immediately, or waiting to use resignation as a bargaining chip with federal prosecutors to avoid indictment.

    Democrats privately floated another option, telling The Associated Press that Spitzer was considering what was almost unthinkable immediately after Monday's bombshell apology: hanging on.

    "If the public is fine, he'll stay," said a Democrat who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

    Still, Spitzer's many enemies from Albany and Wall Street were emboldened, and some of his friends went from shock to outrage.

    "Particularly because of the reform platform on which he was elected governor, his ability to govern the state of New York and execute his duties as governor have been irreparably damaged," said Citizens Union, a good-government group that supported the crusading attorney general for governor in 2006 and provided critical support in his effort to reform Albany. "It is our strong belief that it is now impossible for him to fulfill his responsibilities as governor. Accordingly, Citizens Union urges him to resign as governor."

    The case against Spitzer, a 48-year-old married man with three teenage daughters, started when banks noticed frequent cash transfers from several accounts and filed suspicious-activity reports with the Internal Revenue Service, a law enforcement official told the AP. The accounts were traced back to Spitzer, prompting public corruption investigators to open an inquiry.

    The governor has not been charged, and prosecutors would not comment on the case. The governor has retained a large New York City law firm.

    In Albany, Democratic Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who would become governor if Spitzer resigned, was talking to legislative leaders about a possible transition.

    Reporters, government workers and the public milled around the state Capitol on Tuesday, waiting for any developments. News vans lined up around the building, and camera operators sat next to their tripods on the front lawn waiting for something to happen.

    Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco warned that if Spitzer did not resign within 48 hours, he would call for impeachment. But any impeachment would face a difficult road in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, where articles impeachment would require a majority vote to go to a trial. A trial would be decided by a combined vote of the full Senate, which has a slim GOP majority, and the Court of Appeals.

    Tedisco was an early target of Spitzer's abrasive and uncompromising style in Albany. In a private call, an angry Spitzer once described himself to Tedisco as a "steamroller" he attached a profanity for emphasis and warned: "I'll roll over you and anybody else."

    Privately, several Democrats in the Legislature and in the administration said resignation appeared inevitable. "He's weighing the rest of his life," one Democratic official said sadly.

    Late Tuesday, freshman Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand became the first Democratic member of New York's congressional delegation to mention resignation. "This is very grave and sad news," she said. "If these serious allegations are true, the governor will have no choice but to resign."

    But more than a day after the scandal broke, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior Democrats in the delegation had yet to call on Spitzer to quit.

    On Wall Street, where Spitzer built his reputation as a crusader against shady practices and overly generous compensation, cheers and laughter erupted Monday from the trading floor when news broke of his potential ruin.

    Many in the financial industry had long complained that the man known as "Mr. Clean" and the "Sheriff of Wall Street" was a sanctimonious bully who was just trying to advance his political career. Many Wall Streeters were delighted to see him get his comeuppance.

    "The irony and the hypocrisy is almost too good to be true," said Bryn Dolan, a fundraiser who works with many Wall Street employees. "If he had any shame, he would've already resigned."

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    AP writers Valerie Bauman and Michael Virtanen in Albany, and Vinnee Tong in New York contributed to this report.
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    [url]http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/5611124.html[/url]

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    Spitzer's got more serious problems than impeachment - the call in the Emperor's Club indictment has him arranging for a prostitute to come from NY to DC; that's more than just being a john on a NY street corner, its a violation of the Federal Mann Act, which criminalizes bringing women across state lines for purposes of prostitution

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    His shell companies and money laundering charges won't help him either.

    [QUOTE=doggin94it;2427607]Spitzer's got more serious problems than impeachment - the call in the Emperor's Club indictment has him arranging for a prostitute to come from NY to DC; that's more than just being a john on a NY street corner, its a violation of the Federal Mann Act, which criminalizes bringing women across state lines for purposes of prostitution[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2427146]your tax $$ at work....



    [url]http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/5611124.html[/url][/QUOTE]

    Are there any allegations that he used state $ ?

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    [QUOTE=sect112row36;2427940]Are there any allegations that he used state $ ?[/QUOTE]

    None.

    He used his own money...so far.

    But doesn't he know that airport bathrooms are free? What an idiot...

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    Why not use a disposable cell phone and cash? This is Bush-level arrogance.

    Anyway, Patterson is a good guy, sucky way to get our first AA Governor though...

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    [QUOTE=doggin94it;2427607]Spitzer's got more serious problems than impeachment - the call in the Emperor's Club indictment has him arranging for a prostitute to come from NY to DC; that's more than just being a john on a NY street corner, its a violation of the Federal Mann Act, which criminalizes bringing women across state lines for purposes of prostitution[/QUOTE]

    Don't worry, Hitlery will pardon him if she gets elected.

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    Nobody gets prosecuted under the Mann Act -- I think the last conviction was in the 1950's. It has a lot of negative history -- I believe this was the way the put Jack Johnson in jail for dating a white woman way back when. Hell, I transported my fiancee' into Maryland once for "immoral purposes". Had a great time, and more economical than Spitzer's.

    The problems are more likely the "structuring" charge he may face for the money flim-flam.

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    [QUOTE=fukushimajin;2428190]Hell, I transported my fiancee' into Maryland once for "immoral purposes". Had a great time, and more economical than Spitzer's.
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    LOL, me too!

    Say hi for me.

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    it's funny how athletes and actors can engage in high priced prossies with little or no affect on their careers, but politicians do it and get skewered. heck Isiah thomas still has a job!

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    [QUOTE=sect112row36;2427940]Are there any allegations that he used state $ ?[/QUOTE]

    allegations that State Troopers were taken as security while he was banging whores....that's using tax dollars-

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2428250]allegations that State Troopers were taken as security while he was banging whores....that's using tax dollars-[/QUOTE]

    I have to say that I tend to believe most of these allegations against Spitzer. What an arrogant pr1ck... complete waste of a landslide victory.

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    [QUOTE=bigalbarracuda;2428267]I have to say that I tend to believe most of these allegations against Spitzer. What an arrogant pr1ck... complete waste of a landslide victory.[/QUOTE]

    the writing was on the wall a while ago with this guy...forget about what he did when he had the power of the subpena, trying to frame Bruno then squelch pending investigations should've sent up major red flags...

    glee aside- this is not a good day for NY....though Patterson seems like a decent person....

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2428271]the writing was on the wall a while ago with this guy...forget about what he did when he had the power of the subpena, trying to frame Bruno then squelch pending investigations should've sent up major red flags...

    glee aside- this is not a good day for NY....though Patterson seems like a decent person....[/QUOTE]

    Now does Patterson serve the remainder of Spitzer's term (which is a pretty substantial amount of time), or are we going to have an election?

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    [QUOTE=sourceworx;2428284]Now does Patterson serve the remainder of Spitzer's term (which is a pretty substantial amount of time), or are we going to have an election?[/QUOTE]

    according to Bruno's press conference the state of New York constitution says the Lt Gov becomes Gov for the rest of the term....

    anyone ever see the movie Caligula??? the end when they kill the horror that was Caligula and the brother becomes Cesar and was one of the most beloved leaders of the Roman empire???

    this has all the makings...

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2428271]the writing was on the wall a while ago with this guy...forget about what he did when he had the power of the subpena, trying to frame Bruno then squelch pending investigations should've sent up major red flags...

    [B]glee aside[/B]- this is not a good day for NY....though Patterson seems like a decent person....[/QUOTE]

    I agree... I was a fan of his going into the election but even during his campaign he came across as an arrogant bully. I thought he might have turned a corner recently... but none of that matters now.

    Let's hope that Paterson steps it up.

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2428292]anyone ever see the movie Caligula??? the end when they kill the horror that was Caligula and the brother becomes Cesar and was one of the most beloved leaders of the Roman empire???

    this has all the makings...[/QUOTE]

    I was kinda thinking that too. Paterson could use this as a way to catapult his career.

    When the guy before you f*cked up as bad as Spitzer did...then it doesn't take a whole lot to shine.

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;2428271]the writing was on the wall a while ago with this guy...forget about what he did when he had the power of the subpena, trying to frame Bruno then squelch pending investigations should've sent up major red flags...

    glee aside- this is not a good day for NY....though Patterson seems like a decent person....[/QUOTE]

    This is the best political post I've ever seen by CBTNY. Patterson is a gentleman (in my experience) and his staff behaves accordingly. I think he is a really good fit for putting things back together the next two years. After that, I'd put my $ on Bloomberg.

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