Monday, March 10, 2008

Spitzer linked to prostitution ring

Today's revelation that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is linked to a prostitution ring is truly a shock to this writer and to millions of other New Yorkers who are only now beginning to hear of the stunning news. And I strongly suspect LGBT activists across the state are simply mortified over these developments.

Spitzer became the first governor in the country to introduce a bill to extend marriage to same-sex couples last April. The Republican-controlled state Senate ultimately blocked it, but Spitzer kept a promise he made during his 2006 gubernatorial campaign. And he also gave the keynote address at the Empire State Pride Agenda's 2006 fall dinner in Manhattan.

The former attorney general has certainly had a rocky gubernatorial tenure to this point -- repeated clashes with Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno [R-Saratoga Springs and even some fellow Democrats, Troopergate, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants to name a few. This announcement could potentially impact the future of Democratic attempts to reclaim control of the Senate and even the future of marriage for same-sex couples in New York.

LGBT activists will almost certainly join with other New Yorkers as they hold their collective breaths and wait for the potential second show to drop. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

Nick said...

He should resign immediately, and probably will. If this had been an affair, he would have been given a pass but it still would have hurt him. But the way he spent $80,000 on this, and the way he paid for it, and the fact that he had the prostitute crossing state lines-- it's a legal and political nightmare.