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March 12, 2008

Spitzer Resigns

by Stephen Littau

The following is the full text of Eliot Spitzer’s resignation speech:

In the past few days, I have begun to atone for my private failings with my wife Silda, my children, and my entire family. The remorse I feel will always be with me. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and compassion they have shown me.

From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I have been given much — the love of my family, the faith and trust of the people of New York, and the chance to lead this state. I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me. To every New Yorker — and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for — I sincerely apologize.

I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been. But I also know that as a public servant, I and the remarkable people with whom I worked have accomplished a great deal. There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.

Over the course of my public life, I have insisted — I believe correctly — that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself.

For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor. At Lt. Gov. Paterson’s request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17, a date that he believes will permit an orderly transition.

I go forward with the belief, as others have said, that as human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help and heal myself and my family. Then I will try once again, outside of politics, to serve the common good and move toward the ideals and solutions which I believe can build a future of hope and opportunity for us and for our children.

I hope all New York will join my prayers for my friend David Paterson, as he embarks on his new mission. And I thank the public once again for the privilege of service.

My first reaction: good riddance to bad rubbish.

My second reaction: at least Eliot Spitzer had the decency to resign rather than put the state of New York through an expensive impeachment process.

Related Post: Hypocrisy Has a New Name: Eliot Spitzer

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4 Comments

  1. Spitzer’s wife actually looks like an older version of Jennifer Aniston…which is kind of eerie considering that Aniston’s husband cheated on her in high-profile fashion as well. Shame, saw an interview with her and she seems a decent enough lady with brains and looks to boot. Too bad she married a hypocritical shitheel.

    Comment by UCrawford — March 12, 2008 @ 1:31 pm
  2. I fear the conquences of his actions will take it’s toll on his family. I feel sorry for his three daughters, who have to find out what kind of man he is on national television. What a mess.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — March 12, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
  3. I wish I had one of those big laughing faces from Yahoo! right about now. I was poking around Wikipedia and discovered something that I thought was, to say the least, amusing (though I’m sure I’m not the first person to have made this discovery). Guess what Spitzer’s role in the 2008 election was prior to his being outted as a philanderer? Drum roll please…Democractic super-delegate! I know, this is a minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but I thought it was kind of funny.

    Comment by Justin Bowen — March 13, 2008 @ 3:17 am
  4. [...] got to say that I agree wholeheartedly with Stephen’s sentiments, expressed here and here, that Elliot Spitzer pretty much deserved everything that has, and will, come to [...]

    Pingback by The Liberty Papers »Blog Archive » Lessons From The Spitzer Debacle — March 13, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

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