By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer Fri Mar 21, 2:18 PM ET
Ever since the prostitution scandal shoved Gov. Eliot Spitzer out the door, people have wondered: Did he spend taxpayer dollars or campaign money to subsidize trysts?
An analysis by The Associated Press of a year's worth of expense reports for Spitzer's office and his campaign committee shows little sign the money was used for illicit activities.
Read the entire article here: AP: No red flags in Spitzer expense reports
Earlier I had written:
March 12, 2008 – March 15, 2008
Just last week, just when you were about to get your nerve up to watch or read the news, the story broke that (now former) New York governor Eliot Spitzer – “The gov-love client number 9” - had violated his marriage vows and broken a number of laws by having an extra-marital affair with an “aspiring singer.”
All right, you follow the news. You know the story. This is a family oriented newspaper…
As the news continued to unfold, it started to read like a bad plot for a “B” movie or a harlequin novel. In
For those of us who simply dread winter, spring can’t come soon enough. For those of us who are old enough to understand that good times and bad times are cyclical; perhaps some sunshine, spring flowers, the end of the current Maryland General Assembly session, and some resolution on the many pressing challenges facing our local, and national government will brighten our outlook.
Of course, recently a study was released that folks with a positive outlook live longer and healthier lives, so the other day I endeavored to adopt a “cheer up, things could be worse attitude.”
I cheered up and sure enough – things got worse…
Locally, county and municipalities are grappling with how to fund all the goods and services of which local citizens are demanding with the reality that tax revenues are declining.
Revenues for local government are declining as the cost to operate government continues to escalate and it is starting to sink-in that the Maryland legislature increased taxes last fall yet cut back on the amount of money flowing into the coffers of local government.
Juxtapose this with the fact that Governor Spitzer, a multi-billionaire, threw away as much as $80,000 on his extra-curricular activities. Just think of how much a difference that kind of money would’ve made in our local community?
Governor Spitzer mercifully resigned on March 12 and ended a sensational 48 hours of salacious melodrama of position, power, greed, and human failings. It has probably ended the career that was considered so bright that his name was being bantered about as a 2012 or 2016 presidential candidate.
There are many lessons to be learned by this sad, sordid saga.
Why do women stand by their cheating husbands?
March 15, 2008
Last week the story broke that (now former) New York governor Eliot “Mr. Clean” Spitzer, otherwise known as “love client no. 9,” had violated his marriage vows and broken a number of laws by taking “acting lessons” with an “aspiring-singer.”
Governor Spitzer mercifully resigned on March 12 and ended a sensational 48 hours of salacious melodrama of position, power, greed, and human failings.
Our first thoughts go out to his family. This is first and foremost a personal tragedy. Our hearts went out to his wife, Silda Spitzer, as she stood by her husband in two key press conferences.
Folks who ask why she did that are overlooking the obvious. Why didn’t he apologize directly to her? For the love of Pete, why didn’t she haul-off and clobber the miserable slug?
Mrs. Spitzer, his wife for 21 years, by all accounts is quite accomplished and well educated and has essentially forsaken her career for his – and to raise three daughters.
The ironies abound in this tragedy…
That was the introduction of the Westminster Eagle column I filed over the weekend. It will appear in the paper this coming Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Meanwhile, on March 15th, 2008, Sabra Gertsch for Fox Phoenix News excellently explored the question that many of us have on our minds: Why Do Women Stand By Their Cheating Husbands?
After being publicly humiliated by reports of her husband hiring prostitutes Silda Spitzer stands by her man. That was the case during Wednesday morning's press conference...
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