New York governor Eliot Spitzer, not so pure.
Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.
We can assume that Spitzer got that announcement out just ahead of a story in the works somewhere. No word yet on whether Spitzer will share David Vitter’s terrible fate.
As for my own feelings, just as I say in every other prostitution scandal it seems to me that illegal prostitution is a stupid policy for any number of reasons. Routine health inspections would improve public health, chasing johns wastes police resources and local governments could use the tax money. But as long as prostitution is illegal, the people who make and execute laws have a particular responsibility to behave themselves. Since illicit prostitution also provides a tempting basis for blackmail, it seems like a perfectly reasonable basis for an ethics investigation.
In fact, vigorously investigating government officials who frequent prostitutes might be the best possible route to legalizing the practice and taxing it. Whether we get more honest lawmakers or fewer stupid laws, forcing government officials to follow the law always pays dividends in the end.
It was brave stands like this that established Spitzer’s reputation.