The Governor Apologizes

From Elliott  Spitzer’s  brief statement to the press:

Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violated the obligations to my family and that violates my — or any — sense of right and wrong. I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public, to whom I promised better. I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the State of New York. But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard that I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.

Does this cut it as an apology?  Shouldn’t he at least have said what he did — although, of course, that would be admitting to committing a crime, for which he could be prosecuted.  Would you have preferred it if he had ritually disemboweled  himself with a rusty butter knife?  Can you hear the shouts of childish glee from the office of the WSJ’s editorial page?

How about his wife, standing there next to him?  Suddenly, being Mrs. Larry Craig doesn’t seem so bad.

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11 Responses to The Governor Apologizes

  1. jeremy says:

    My guess is he resigns. He’s probably making sure it’s not something he’d be able to survive, and then he’ll resign.

  2. laurabethnielsen says:

    I guess the lesson is — support your local whorehouse so as not to be caught up in federal diversity jurisdiction

  3. nobamakoolaid says:

    Dumbass. What is it about some of these politicians? Do they suddenly feel they are rock stars once they get into office or have they been betraying their families all along.

    At least he did admit to behaving like a dumbass and specifically said he apologizes to his family and the public. I give him credit for that; for what its worth. Dumbass.

  4. vickywoeste says:

    To answer whether the apology cuts it *as apology,* I have to ask whether anyone buys the public/private distinction he clearly lays out (but does not elaborate upon) in making his mea culpa. Is he tapping into the Bill Clinton legacy of “what I did in the privacy of a hotel room doesn’t affect my job” (assuming he didn’t get a blow job in his office)? If that works, maybe this is survivable. On the other hand, at least he’s not an Obama supporter. How’s that for a sunny side of the street?

  5. nobamakoolaid says:

    Oh, I think it is an apology; at least so far. You see, he has admitted to wrongdoing ( even if he did spare us the gory details) and said he was sorry. That’s the first step. Now he needs to atone for his behavior; part one is meaningless without this. Publicly, I can’t see how that is anything less than resigning from office. Dumbass.

  6. lbsmom says:

    According this link, the Dept of Justice began looking at some of his financial records which they thought might be bribes. I hadn’t heard of “structuring,” aka, trying to cover up where your money’s going, until now. Maybe he thought he was too smart & clever to get caught. Dumbass indeed!

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4424507&page=1

  7. robertlnelson says:

    Just check out the coverage in the NYT. Client number 9. From a 45 page affadavit!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/11/nyregion/11night.html?hp

  8. hschoenfe says:

    Does anyone see a problem with Alan Dershowitz’s reaction as told by the NYT:

    Alan M. Dershowitz, a law professor at Harvard for whom Mr. Spitzer was once a research assistant, said he felt bad “even knowing about it.”

    “Men go to prostitutes — big deal, that’s not a story in most parts of the world,” Mr. Dershowitz said.

    But he also said he had been surprised when Mr. Spitzer prosecuted a prostitution ring in 2004.

    “I always thought he was somebody who would come down on crimes with real victims,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “Prostitutes aren’t victims — they’re getting paid a thousand dollars an hour, and the johns aren’t victims. What upset me the most was that they wiretapped thousands of e-mails and phone calls. In an age when terrorism needs to be stopped, they’re devoting these kinds of resources to a prostitution ring?”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/11/nyregion/11reax.html?ref=nyregion

  9. laurabethnielsen says:

    I’d like to see Dershowitz go three rounds with macKinnon on that statement. She’d massacre him.

    So now that the details of the finances are coming out, my initial lesson is not so true. turns out they were investigating him as an individual because of the bank transactions as my mom (nice picture) points out.

    On the, “why would the wife go out there” question: I read or heard an interview with the wife of the NJ governor who was having affairs with men and she siad something like, All your life you are told to brush your hair, put on the pearls, go out and be supportive. It will help his career. then one day they tell you your marriage is over, your kids are going to be the butt of jokes, your husband has been cheating on you, the career of the breadwinner is over, and you are in shock. So you do what you have always done, you put on the pearls and go out there. She regretted it later.

  10. laurabethnielsen says:

    This cracks me up (from the abc site):

    Prosecutors reportedly have a series of e-mails and wiretapped phone conversations of Spitzer.

    In a interview two years ago, Spitzer, then-attorney general, told ABC News he had some advice for people who break the law. “Never talk when you can nod, and never nod when you can wink, and never write an e-mail because it’s death. You’re giving prosecutors all the evidence we need,” he said.

  11. nobamakoolaid says:

    Dumbass, Luv Guv.

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