Gov. Spitzer Apologizes; Calls Reports a ‘Private Matter’

March 10, 2008

In a brief statement to the press and public, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer today appeared to address a report by The New York Times that he has been linked to a prostitution ring, apologizing to his family and the public while calling the situation a “private matter.” He gave no details and did not address whether he would resign.

The following is an excerpt from his statement:

“Over the past nine years, eight as attorney general and one as governor, I’ve tried to uphold the vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New York and create opportunities for all. We tried to bring real change to New York and that will continue.

“Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violated the obligations to my family and that violates my or any sense of right and wrong.

“I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better. I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the State of New York. But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard that I expect of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.

I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order. Thank you very much.”

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