Wednesday, October 18th 2017

Do governors reflect our own love triangles?

Governor Spitzer: From Eliott Ness to Eliott Mess


BY PAUL KAIHLA — Eliott Spitzer made a national reputation as a crime-busting reformer in the mold of Prohibition-era FBI agents like Eliott Ness, a.k.a. the “Untouchables.” But today, the New York Governor was caught in a wiretap of a high-class hooker syndicate.

Spitzer is urbane, witty, and he had credible presidential aspirations. He also happens to have a wife of 21 years (woman on left), and three teenaged kids. But just like San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom’s adultery scandal last year, Spitzer suffered from a condition called “splitting off.” He partitioned his Self into a public personality, and a darkly-different secret one that he was probably in denial about. But it couldn’t elude the scientific precision of electronic surveillance:

After obtaining authorization to tap the club’s phones, federal agents recorded more than 5,000 calls and text messages and had access to 6,000 e-mail messages, court papers said. Many of these were somewhat mundane requests for appointments . . . the case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the F.B.I.

In an election cycle where Republicans like Senator Larry Craig have supplied most of the sex scandals, Spitzer’s fall from grace will have national implications for the Democrats. It will remind voters of the Clintons’ contribution to the stereotype of liberal hedonism, and make Barack Obama’s model marriage and puritan lifestyle all the more appealing.

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