Eliot Spitzer's woes increased Wednesday morning. Sources revealed that Spitzer has been writing fake stories on TheSpoof.com, a leading satirical website. This latest indiscretion appears to be the final nail in his political coffin.
Many public figures have survived indiscretions similar to Spitzer's involvement with a prostitution ring. The most famous is, of course, President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, an intern. And there have been many others. But no high-level politician has ever been caught writing satire. Frank Duckett, one of Albany's top pundits, put it this way: "He's a big dog. Everyone understands if he needs to go for a walk once in a while. It's kind of expected. But this having a sense of humor thing ... he never had the Republicans. Now this is out, and it won't play with Democratic leaders in places like Guilderland."
Spitzer's spoof stories, written under the pseudonym Client 9, have included sexual topics. In some he wrote about young celebrities and incorporated salacious photos. Senator Joseph Bruno, NY's leading Republican, offered some kind words for the Spitzer family, particularly for his children: "I can't imagine what his family must be thinking now that they've learned about this. It's bad enough to know your dad gets horny, but writing about teenage girls when he has teenage daughters. It's just unthinkable. My heart goes out to them."
The death watch continues in Albany. Stories continue to leak out about whether and when Spitzer will resign. "This spoof thing definitely raises the stakes," noted Duckett.