We've been critical of Governor Eliot Spitzer on the pages of Niagara Times before. His bully tactics and self-proclaimed "f-ing steamroller" approach have gotten him into more than a few disputes during his first year in office. But he went to Albany with resounding support from the people, and he deserved the opportunity to change the dysfunction of Albany.
That opportunity is gone. With the sordid details of Spitzer's personal life coming to light, Spitzer must resign. It's not "only" that he solicited a high-priced hooker. He has broken the law, allegedly, by paying the prostitute to cross state lines.
The bigger problem for Spitzer, politically at least, is if he should try to weather the storm, he has become politically impotent. As one Assemblyman said yesterday, no one would dare to stand with Spitzer. He cannot govern.
While we have disagreed with Spitzer's approach and some of his policy decisions, we take no joy in what has transpired. Whether you like him or not, this is a very sad day for New York. The coverage that this story is not the kind of attention we need.
One cannot help feel bad for Silda Spitzer and their three teenage daughters. To see your husband's and father's personal life played out all over CNN, Fox News and every other news outlet must be devastating.
All three of NYC's tabloid newspaper are calling for Spitzer to resign. If he doesn't impeachment proceedings will begin.
A sad day indeed.