I cannot even begin to describe how disturbing this New York Post story is. We have heard Spitzer describe himself as a "@*%!#* steamroller", but if this his methodology, we are in serious trouble with Elliot. And yes, these are your tax dollars at work. Read on...
Governor Elliot Spitzer targeted state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno for an unprecedented State Police surveillance program.
No other state official was singled out for the type of detailed record-keeping the State Police maintained on Bruno, the state's most powerful Republican, official records show.
A senior state official familiar with the surveillance program told The Post that he believed the governor and his aides had sought to "set up" Bruno by having the State Police keep track of his travels.
"Why else would they do it if not to set up Bruno - by getting on him something they thought was incriminating - when they weren't doing it to anyone else?" said the official.
Bruno himself said "it appears" Spitzer and his staff used the State Police to try to obtain negative information on him in an effort to "set up an officeholder" with whom the governor disagrees.
"I would like not to believe that the governor and the people who work for him would purposely set up an officeholder of the opposing party, but it certainly appears that way," said Bruno.
"This is like something you'd expect in a Third World country, where some dictator has his enemies followed to see how they could either do something to them or disgrace them.
"This is dangerous in a free country."
A Bruno aide contended Spitzer's actions "are reminiscent of Richard Nixon with his 'enemies list.' "
The State Police, which are under the control of the governor, routinely chauffeur Spitzer and Paterson, who they also protect, during their travels throughout the state. Bruno has regularly requested and received State Police drivers during his visits to New York City because, he has said, he's been the subject of numerous death threats.
The record-keeping only started in early April, around the time that Spitzer, a freshman governor, began having major disputes with Bruno.