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March 10th, 2008

Rumor: Spitzer to Resign, Paterson to be sworn in tonight

Rumors out of Albany, via CBS radio is that Spitzer will resign and swear in Lt. Gov. David Paterson tonight. [Note: Paterson has only one “t,” which we might as well start getting used to.]

Feds have at least six different recordings from Client #9, believed to be Spitzer.

Spitzer’s statement:

Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and that violates my or any sense of right and wrong. I apologize 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. I am disappointed. I failed to live up to the standard I expect of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family. I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order.

He took no questions. Video of very brief press conference is here.

It’s hard to run as a law and order candidate, presenting yourself as squeaky clean, and survive this type of thing. It shouldn’t matter, but it does. It also doesn’t help him that he antagonized so many people, on both the left and the right. Who’s going to go to bat for him and tell him to ride it out?

On a final note, it appears from news reports that Spitzer called for, umm, service, on February 13th. Pretty weird way to plan for Valentines Day if you ask me.

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