Tuesday, March 11, 2008
So here we have the holier-than-thou Democratic Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, building a career keeping us safe from bad guys, hookers and crooked Wall Streeters, and all the while he's out there spending $6000/hr on call girls (BTW, what exactly do you get for $6000? Can any woman really be that good?). Cries of condemnation and calls for resignation can be heard from the throngs of sanctimonious hypocrite Republicans across the land. The same hypocrites who have had absolutely nothing to say about Republican Senators Larry Craig (ID) and David Vitter (LA), both of whom have been embroiled in sexual scandal themselves. Vitter, like Spitzer, was linked last Summer to prostitution rings in both D.C. and New Orleans. He has been fully supported by his party and still serves in the U.S. Senate. Craig, the now-infamous "I'm Not Gay" alleged heterosexual who was arrested for attempting to pick up a male undercover cop in a Minneapolis Airport men's room, also still serves with his fellow Republicans' backing. No cries of condemnation here. No calls for resignations.
In a display of unbridled, shameless hypocrisy, the Republican Governor's Association (RGA) is aggressively calling for Spitzer's resignation, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who sits on the group's four-member executive committee, continues to lavish praise and support on his crooked Senator.
"The Governor of New York should immediately resign from office and allow the people of New York to pursue honest leadership. The American people are tired of corrupt and hypocritical politicians," said RGA executive director Nick Ayers. "The Governor of New York is just another in the long list of politicians that have failed their constituents."
In response, Chris Whittington, Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, said "...Louisiana Republicans, including Governor Bobby Jindal and state Treasurer John Kennedy, got together last month and hosted a fundraiser for Senator Vitter that raised him nearly a half a million dollars."
And this from Jindal: "While we are disappointed by Senator Vitter’s actions, Supriya and I continue to keep David and his family in our prayers. This is a matter for the Senator to address, and it is our hope that this is not used by others for their own political gain."
Too bad the Governor, like his Republican brethren, doesn't practice what he preaches down there in N'Orleans.
As for Spitzer, if naughty boys like Craig and Vitter can continue to serve, so should he.