But Spitzer is human, all too human. He got caught playing with hookers and I don't think he will survive this mess. The New York Times broke the story. My friends have additional coverage: here, here and here.
"The wiretap captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room, according to an affidavit filed in federal court in Manhattan. The person briefed on the case and the law enforcement official identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9. "
Here is what we know about Client 9
- He refused to use a "traditional wire transfer" to pay the organization but arranged for an Emperor's Club girl to take Amtrak down to Washington for a visit.
- Client 9 seems to have used the service before.
- He also thought the choice of his prostitute, "Kristen," was "great" and "wonderful."• The agency charged him $4,100 for "Kristen"'s visit.
- The tryst took place in room 871 of a Washington hotel. On a side note, the domain www.room871.com has already been purchased.
- Client 9 was willing to pay "extra" for "better" services. "Kristen" was a pretty brunette, petite, five-foot-five and 105 pounds.
- The fee ended up being $4,300, with the "extras."
- "Kirsten" did not think Client 9 was difficult, but he might have asked her to do things ("basic things") that "you might not think were safe."
4,300 dollars. The guy likes hookers. Hey, what guy doesn't? I'm just pissed that this story broke after I posted a podcast where I rant about prostitutes and $1,000 handjobs in downtown Vegas. Looks like a good deal now. I don't know how a governor can afford 4,000 dollar call girls on a civil service paycheck. That's pretty damn expensive.
(UPDATE) Spitzer earned 1.9 million last year and comes from wealthy family. He is alleged to have spent more than 80,000 dollars on hookers.
Eliot is a smart guy, how did he figure a sitting governor could get away with this? Lesson one to all you ladies out there with b/f or husbands in politics. GIVE THEM ANAL SEX. While you are at it if you want your hubbie to make it through his term give him oral. Unless your husband is republican, then dress up in "man-drag" and offer him sex in the bathroom through a hole in the wall. He's not gay, he just doesn't mind that you don't shave your legs and have a penis.
(UPDATE) Spitzer was asking for sex with no condoms. I can't see how that is unsafe. It's how god invented sex. I never wear condoms. I might have the super aids but magic johnson is going to give me the cure, so I am ok.
I was watching CNN and James Carville was on the show. He was telling Wolf Blitzer that there was no need for Eliot Spitzer to resign. Carville was wondering why the FBI was looking into a prostitution ring and speculated that maybe this was payback for Spitzer's holy rolling against Wall Street.
ABC reports that it was "suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes." So apparently it was not the sex that got Eliot in trouble, but his "clever" attempt at disguising the payments to the brothel that alerted federal officials.