New York Democratic Governor Linked to Prostitution Ring!

New York Democratic Governor and Daily Kos diarist is busted in a prostitution ring.

Hillary and buddy Eliot Spitzer– She can’t scrub this!

Here is Governor Spitzer talking about how he is going to clean up Albany and Washington as governor:

…Guess not.
(41 seconds)
But there will be no stepping down, of course. He is a Democrat after all.

New York Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer informed his team of political advisors today that he was involved in a prostitution ring.
Governor Spitzer is married with 3 children who promised to clean up New York politics when he became governor.
But, he didn’t.

The New York Times reported:

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.

Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides inside his Fifth Avenue apartment early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He had scheduled an announcement for 2:15 this afternoon after inquiries from the Times. But his appearance was delayed by at least 45 minutes.

Mr. Spitzer, a first-term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform and end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.

Just last week, federal prosecutors arrested four people in connection with an expensive prostitution operation. Administration officials would not say that this was the ring with which the governor had become involved.

But a person with knowledge of the governor’s role said that the person believes the governor is one of the men identified as clients in court papers.

The governor’s travel records show that he was in Washington in mid-February. One of the clients described in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, the Emperors Club VIP on the night of Feb. 13.

Has Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)been contacted for comment?

Michelle Malkin is following the developments- Spitzer to resign at 7:00 PM??

HotAir has several updates including video of his announcement to the press today- It’s still not clear if Spitzer will resign today.

UPDATE: It wasn’t the hookers…

It was suspicious money transfers that led to Spitzer.
ABC reported:

The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes, according to federal officials.

It was only months later that the IRS and the FBI determined that Spitzer wasn’t hiding bribes but payments to a company called QAT, what prosecutors say is a prostitution operation operating under the name of the Emperors Club.

As recently as this past Valentine’s Day, Feb. 13, Spitzer, who officials say is identified in a federal complaint as “Client 9,” arranged for a prostitute “Kristen” to meet him in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Emanuel– It’s been a bad couple of weeks in the reality-based community.

Let Freedom Ring has more on the scandal.

UPDATE: Hah! There really are two Americas.

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