Not that this should come as any surprise, but yet another politician has been linked to some amoral extracurricular activities—and this time, said activities fell on the wrong side of the law. New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will upstage his fellow politicos as this week’s biggest news story (and it doesn’t have anything to do with the presidential race!) with the announcement that he was involved in a prostitution ring. Nice.
Of course, adultery runs rampant in the political sphere (didn’t McCain just get accused of having relations with a lobbyist?), but shame on Eliot for breaching more than just his marital pact by paying for the rendezvous. There is little his PR team can do to mitigate this crisis; many people are speculating that he’ll step down as early as tonight to avoid the inevitable backslide. At least he came out and apologized, though, instead of denying it or acting like the victim of a vicious rumor.
This is barely relevant, but it’s an interesting side note: I actually received a call from Eliot back in September, when I was profiling a good friend of his from his Harvard days for PR News’ sister publication, min magazine. He graciously called me after I sarcastically suggested to my interviewee that I’d get major kudos if I could get a quote from the Governor in the story. We chatted for about 10 minutes, during which time he seemed like a genuine, stand-up kind of guy. But, shame on me for being so naïve. After all, he is a lawyer … and a politician…
By Courtney Barnes