The former New York governor says he's been there and knows how Weiner feels.
Former New York governor turned CNN host Eliot Spitzer knows a thing or two about sex scandals. He was forced to resign from office after it was uncovered that he had thing for high-priced prostitutes. So after fellow New Yorker Rep. Anthony Weiner came clean on national television Monday afternoon about his predilection for tweeting lewd photos of himself and conducting unsavory electronic relationships with women who aren’t his wife, people wondered: Would Spitzer actually address the issue on his program In the Arena?
He so did. And right away, too.
“It was the kind of moment that neither politicians nor journalists should be proud of,” Spitzer said of what he described as Weiner’s “circus of a press conference.”
But the thing that Spitzer seemed most curious about is whether Weiner can survive the scandal and remain in office, or if he'll resign or be pushed out. “The decision to resign is a deeply personal one. And let me be very upfront about this: As most people probably know, I made the other decision. I did resign,” Spitzer said.
So did former Rep. Chris Lee (R-New York) who stepped down after he was caught sending a shirtless photograph of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist and Rep. Eric Massa (D-New York) because of a sexual harassment scandal.
As Spitzer pointed out, Weiner’s “web of untruths” may be the factor that derails his career and suggested that if Weiner doesn’t soon make a graceful exit, perhaps the New York state legislature could make his seat disappear when it drafts its redistricting map.
In his Tuesday broadcast, Spitzer will discuss the Weiner scandal further, and it should be pretty juicy. His guest will be the controversial conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who not only broke the story but is also friends with one of Weiner’s “friends.”
It’s pretty ironic to have one formerly disgraced politician commenting on another disgraced politician on television, and even Spitzer acknowledged how bizarre it is that he’s actually now a part of the New York press corps. What’s next? Bill Clinton providing analysis during John Edwards’ upcoming trial?
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