N.Y. Gov. Spitzer Resigns; Paterson to Assume Post

March 12, 2008

  • March 12, 2008 at 11:05 am
    AZInsMan says:
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    What goes around comes around! This arrogant JERK got exactly what he dished out! Mr. PERFECT is NOT so perfect. I do not wish ill things for anyone, but this guy came close to be deserving of his fate!
    You mess with Hank Greenberg and his kid, this is exactly what will happen to you, or worse!

    Way to go Hank

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:32 pm
    Jake says:
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    This is proof you do not mess with Wall Street.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    N. Judge says:
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    Really? In that case, Maurice Greenberg still has a lot waiting for him. But somehow, my experience is that it rarely works that way. If it did, people would be more cautious about how they treated others and when they were arrogant, insensitvely little snits who called their workers “fungibles” surely they wouldn’t live or as well as long as Greenberg has. All that leaves is for some people to believe he’ll get his in the after life. All I can say is if that gives you comfort…

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:45 pm
    Jasmine Winsloe says:
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    Bill Clinton lied to the court under oath about getting a bravo/juliet in the oval office. Nothing happened to Bill and nothing should of happened to Gov. Spitter either. All he did was go to a whorehouse. Lay off the man.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:46 pm
    Bulldogg says:
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    Really, for all of Elliot’s threats and endless investigations, how many charges did he bring against Maurice Greenberg? Answer: NONE. He threatened the company with government sanctions and forced Greenberg out of his own company as he did to other people. I’m not vindictive because the bible teaches me humility but I will risk sin to say “HA! HA! Elliot”.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:49 pm
    Sorry Cholly says:
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    Of all the people he caused to downfall, the worst was his own. Karma. *****.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm
    lastbat says:
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    Bill Clinton was impeached for his actions. Not convicted mind you, but impeachment is nothing to laugh at.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:55 pm
    Hymus says:
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    Hank
    Jeff
    Dick
    or Elliot!

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:56 pm
    Sorry Cholly says:
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    Sex was never the issue, following the money was.

    Bill was serviced for free; Eliot paid and then tried to launder the money.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm
    Fla. Agent says:
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    A former federal prosecutor with $80,000 in loose change to spend on hookers – my old man spent his entire career working for the gov’t and he certainly didn’t get rich serving his country.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm
    Nobody Important says:
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    Jake, the reporter I heard on CNN said that this guy would have to resign. He is so arrogant that he had alienated everyone he dealt with at every level. He stepped on everyone going up and nobody cares to help him on the way down.

  • March 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm
    N. Judge says:
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    Actually, he’s being very careful to avoid saying anything about what he did or did not do. However, some irregularities with funds is allegedly what led them to him. So, while it’s unlikely he’s be prosecuted for being a John (although I understand he’s been known to prosecute others for the same thing he’s done), there may be more to this smoke. Let’s see what else is revealed. Wonderful editorial in the WSJ asking why didn’t they get him earlier on his many other abuses that now have people saying it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:01 am
    RA says:
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    If his wife will forgive him and the maker forgives him, who are we to judge!
    Anyway, what does this have to do with insurance issues?

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:03 am
    N. Judge says:
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    Fla. Agent – it’s not mystery. Bernard Spitzer was his father and Eliot allegedly makes over $1 million a year on rents of properties given to him by dad. He lives on Fifth Avenue. Not many governors living in apartments on Fifth Avenue without independent wealth.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:07 am
    Pat Beranger says:
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    No one is above the law including Mr. Spitzer. When you are the former Attorney General who made your bones examining the ethical practices of others, you raise the bar on your own behavior. Whether or not you agree with the morality, or the equity of exposing your own wife and children to this scandal, there is no way anyone can argue what an unbelievable lack of judgment and arrogance his own actions showed. Issues of law aside, I find that reason enough to want him to resign.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:12 am
    Not surprised says:
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    Are you for real? This man went after prostitution rings also. That’s possibly how he got acquainted with the ladies???

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:15 am
    Bob says:
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    You questioned what this has to do with insurance….the reason is that the Gov. appoints the Insurance Commissioner and thus a lot of what happens in the insurance dept. Don’t underestimate the power of the Gov.’s office. It is substantial.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:19 am
    Bob says:
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    Don’t be fooled, folks. This is NOT just about sex. If it was, none of this would have happened. It was the money laundering. It was the transporting the prostitute across state lines. There is possible income tax evasion. These are FEDERAL crimes. For anyone to think this is just sex and shouldn’t count is just plain stupid.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:21 am
    Bob says:
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    You are correct there were none.

    Indeed, Hank has a MAJOR lawsuit pending in which the AG’s office will find itself in deep, deep doo-doo. Spitzer went way over the edge when he was AG. That story isn’t over yet either.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:31 am
    David says:
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    His wife basically gave her very successful legal career where she out-earned him considerably. If they split up, she has a lucrative career to return to. What’s he got? Alimony. How ironic and pretty sad.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:31 am
    Saints Fan says:
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    Great comments, Pat. Amen to that!

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:35 am
    dorothy says:
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    The wicked witch is dead! YEAH!!!!!

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:40 am
    jctwindad says:
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    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Payback is ****

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:40 am
    David says:
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    Why did they go after this man? Because of the arrogant way he carried himself into office and his absolute inability to posess even an ounce of humility. It has less to do with who he went after. It has more to do with how he went after them.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:54 am
    Mongoose says:
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    Mr Spitzer sponcered and signed into legislation a law that would make soliciting the services of a prostitute punishable by up to 1 year in jail.

    Perhaps he will be one of the first to be punished under his own law.

    Shold he be forced to resign? Should the insurance business have been forced to under go all the changes and mud slinging that we did? The few greedy mega brokers and CEO’s thatcaused the problem did but not the entire industry. The governer caused his problems so now it’s time for him to face the charges.

    While our industry wasn’t perfect it did not deserve the attack under Mr SPitzer as A.G. So now he will have a taste of his own medcine. I hope he chokes.

  • March 12, 2008 at 1:57 am
    Smart says:
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    Years ago I was in a similar situation as the gov. Its not easy to take out this much money to pay for “services” without someone finding out.

    Basically, I bought a brand new BMW, didnt put comprehensive coverage on it, then it was “stolen.” So basically she gets the car, and there is no record of me paying the girl for services rendered. It worked out great.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:02 am
    Investigated says:
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    Sorry, but many of us in my office are not the least bit sad about Spitzer’s fate. My company was investigated as part of his “witch hunt” last year. The result: our company was forced to spend $$$$$ defending itself – and we were/are squeeky clean. I wonder if we can sue him to recoup our legal costs?

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:03 am
    Nobody Important says:
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    It seems to me he is under investigation for abuses of power when he was the AG. That will probably go a little farther now that he doesn’t have the hammer of the governorship.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:10 am
    Kristen says:
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    Everyone give him a break! I know what his reputation is, but I didnt find him to be that difficult. Btw, dont beleive everything you read, it doesnt have to cost $1,000 an hour, it can be had for much less.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:12 am
    Bob says:
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    I DON’T believe everything I read.
    For example, I don’t believe that you actually want us to give him a break!

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:15 am
    Kristen says:
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    I have ways of dealing with men like him. He doesnt have all the power.

    BTW, I do a lot of work in the insurance industry, if anybody needs my services just contact my website.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:18 am
    Jasmine Winslow says:
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    They only went after him because he is not a republican and everybody knows it.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:22 am
    GA Underwriter says:
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    Get your head out of the sand! This really didn’t have anything to do with being Republican or Democrat. You are naive to think so.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:32 am
    N. Judge says:
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    ROTFLOL. I’m glad someone could see the humorous side of this topic. Why do we doubt this? Because you’d almost have to be stealing (or one of the Greenbergs and not on this site) to afford that kind of trouble. Notice I didn’t claim that insurance men are brighter. I’ll leave that to someone else to say.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:35 am
    Dave says:
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    Did he do anything that hundreds of thousands haven’t done in the past? Obviously not, but then again he isn’t hundreds of thousands, he is the head of one of the fifty states making up the United States of America. Being in that position puts him in a position where he is responsible not only to his family, but to his constituents for his actions and the actions of those around him.

    As to why so many are taking so much joy in this… well I guess that can be argued, but they are only exhibiting the same apparent joy that he exhibited in the past.

    Finally as to Bill Clinton… I guess the golden boy can put his cigar anywhere he wants and the nation will give him their approval.

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:39 am
    Saints Fan says:
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    Did anyone hear James Carville’s remarks about Spitzer was probably set up? Give me a break! Like he tripped and fell into the prostitute! Carville just wishes this could have happened to him – or maybe it did and the prostitute/call girl agency would rather not admit he was a client. Ha Ha!!!

  • March 12, 2008 at 2:55 am
    Mary B. says:
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    I do agree with you (jasmine) but Clinton did not portray himself as some holier than thou person as Spitzer did. Everyone knew Clinton was a womanizer (sorry but when there’s smoke, there’s fire) so his little fling with Monica wasn’t a big deal.

  • March 12, 2008 at 3:07 am
    Nobody Important says:
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    Lying under oath was a big deal and cost Willy his ability to practice law. He paid the price for his arrogance, the defenders of Spitzer need to let him take his lumps.

  • March 12, 2008 at 3:11 am
    Joe B says:
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    “Client #6” was named in the papers today. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, The Duke of Westminster. Supposedly he’s the richest guy in England.

    What does he have in common with Spitzer? He tried to haggle the price with the hooker. Lesson to be learned? Don’t haggle with a *****.

    I wonder how many other “clients” are bracing themselves now.

  • March 12, 2008 at 3:26 am
    Mark says:
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    Could you send me a link to that article please? Sounds interesting.

  • March 12, 2008 at 3:30 am
    ConDave says:
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    We are looking at a True American Hero who will soon be back, bigger and bolder than ever…

    Let’s face it, who else would sacrifice his job, his future and his family in order to expose another vial criminal element in his fair state. My hat is off to this man and I can’t wait until his triumphant return — as Hillary’s Vice Presidential running mate.

  • March 12, 2008 at 3:33 am
    Joe B says:
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    The NY tabloids are going to town on this.

    Try nydailynews.com or nypost.com

  • March 12, 2008 at 4:04 am
    NCIndAgent says:
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    How in the world are people on an insurance forum praising this clown? Forget that he got caught with his pants down. This is a man that tried to ruin the insurance industry and our way of life. His attacks weren’t just against the Greenberg’s they were against the entire industry. Because of him many companies no longer pay contingent commissions anymore. There is nothing illegal about contingent commissions. Many industries do it. If two agencies have a contract with company x and one agent has a lot more business with company x, why shouldn’t they receive more commission? Bye Bye Spitzer! I can’t say that anyone in the insurance industry will miss you. I can only hope that this has brought at least of ounce of joy to the Greenberg’s after the hell that Spitzer put them through.

  • March 13, 2008 at 7:56 am
    NCIndAgent says:
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    Dave, the media already has. Someone said that if this would have happened in Europe it barely would have been a story. Well guess what, this isn’t Europe. The man is morally and ethically bankrupt. He is married with three children.

    The media crucified Mark Foley over emails to a congressional page. Larry Craig got hammered for his bathroom incident. Somehow what Spitzer did isn’t a big deal.

    I am just glad that he got exposed for the slime ball he really is. This is a man that tried to ruin the Greenberg’s and the entire insurance industry. Hank Greenberg was never indicted on anything yet Spitzer tried to ruin the man and our way of life as agents.

  • March 13, 2008 at 8:20 am
    TAR says:
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    No,this is proof that when you are as arrogant as Spitzer or the Clinton’s reality kicks in. Here is a former Attorney General who knew the ropes (or at least should have known) concerning the feds ability to track money due to terrorism. NY is front and center in the world of terrorism. He goes and wires money to off shore accounts and now the feds are thinking he’s being bribed or extorted. But good ole Elliot is above the law. Well it bit him and bit him good.
    So Elliot good bye, syanara, adios, ciao, please let the door hit you on the way out, you putz.

  • March 13, 2008 at 8:24 am
    Geroge says:
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    We get it – you like to post a lot of the same crap over and over – ENOUGH!

  • March 13, 2008 at 8:29 am
    TAR says:
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    Thanks and love to you George.
    This is personal to me, since I was personally named in a suit for Steering, Price Fixing and Excess Contingency fees, in addition to charging a fee and collecting a commission (which was never done and illegal in my state). So if you don’t like the comments then stick it!

  • March 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    Pat Beranger says:
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    I keep hearing the Clinton comparison and here is what I don’t get: President Clinton’s actions,while reprehensible and immoral,were not illegal. Mr. Spitzer’s, on the other hand, were. You can argue that others do what Spitzer did, but others weren’t the former AG and current Governor sworn to uphold the laws of the State.

  • March 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm
    Quaker says:
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    He allegedly signed in at the Mayflower Hotel as George Fox.. George Fox is the founder of the Religious Society of Friends.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Fox

    Weird!

  • March 13, 2008 at 12:15 pm
    LLH says:
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    When you are the leader of this country you better be able to keep your cigar in its box, among other things!!! AND, not lie to the American public who put you in office. (I did not….) Oh yeah, and what is is?

  • March 13, 2008 at 12:15 pm
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    Pat, I believe there is a correlation between Clinton and Spitzer, can’t speak for others. You have sitting politicians betraying the public trust. The arrogance of both Bill and Elliot believing they can do as they please, whether treading the legal aspect or doing something illegal. Both are said to very intelligent individuals, but both I think believe they are above the law. Spitzer’s is worse since he built his career on being a bulldog. Clinton just built his career on bull. We don’t need puritans in office, but you must use good judgement and not place yourself in comprising circumstances. We can disagree with that persons politics and that does not make him/her a bad person.

  • March 13, 2008 at 12:44 pm
    Joe Mama says:
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    ya gotta love all of this: the right wingers like Limburger, Hannidope, and the Coultergeist are all gloating about the “moral bankruptcy of the Democratic Party” while the pinko-libs are all offended that this man should even face scrutiny in the first place.

    Unless you’re a member of the Whigs, no political party is squeaky-clean. This isn’t about a Godless Democrat or a God-fearing Republican. This is about some schmuck who didn’t practice what he preached and he finally got caught for it. Freakin’ hypocrite.

  • March 13, 2008 at 1:00 am
    Calif Ex Pat says:
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    Who cares ?
    This is not a National Security issue – its a National Enquirer issue.

  • March 13, 2008 at 1:08 am
    David says:
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    Let’s move on…..

  • March 13, 2008 at 1:19 am
    claimschick says:
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    Actually, George Fox is the name of Spitzer’s good friend and campaign contributor. Nothing like sullying your supporter’s good name!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/privateEquity/idUSN1163290420080311

  • March 13, 2008 at 1:21 am
    Dick says:
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    Joe Mama said: while the pinko-libs are all offended that this man should even face scrutiny in the first place”
    __________
    Oh really? Post a link to even one example of this you idiot. Pinko is a term from the 50’s you dam fool. How fricken old are you?

  • March 13, 2008 at 1:27 am
    N. Judge says:
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    Suspect it just isn’t that uncommon of a name. But in this case, it was a friend/associate with whom he sometimes travels and who contributed significantly to his campaign.

  • March 13, 2008 at 1:33 am
    N. Judge says:
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    Spitzer’s crminal charges are much more likely to come because of something to do with the money rather than the sex. Johns are rarely prosecuted and even when they are, they don’t serve time and he should not lose his right to his livelihood for this. Otherwise, they can stand out on Hoe Ave in the Bronx on a Friday night (I kid you not) and shut down Wall Street. It’s unreal to see the not just the BMWs and Mercedes, but the cars with babyseats in the back, and the mini-vans. What he did was just at a different price. As the say, the profession is still the same.

  • March 13, 2008 at 1:37 am
    No, it's not says:
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    No, David, it’s not over and won’t be for quite some time. He put his foot in it big time & he should pay the price. Deservedly so.

  • March 13, 2008 at 2:54 am
    Jasmine Winslow says:
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    Bill Clinton was a lying ol dog but the republicans let him stay in office. Only reason Spitzer is going down is he is a Democrat.

  • March 13, 2008 at 3:05 am
    Ratemaker says:
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    Really? Ask Larry Craig about that one.

  • March 13, 2008 at 3:29 am
    Dustin says:
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    It doesn’t matter what the political affiliation. He went down for being a scum bag. Larry Craig went down for being a scum bag. They tried to take down Bill, but failed.

  • March 13, 2008 at 4:09 am
    anon the mouse says:
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    When we let our little head overpower and out think our big head rule #1 applies. It is all a matter of public perception and spin. he made a couple of mistakes: 1:got caught. 2. Should have had the hooker on the stage with him as an exhibit of discriminating good taste for the cost involved. 3. should have bought a used Porsche, that’s what he got anyway.

  • March 13, 2008 at 6:46 am
    Anonymous says:
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    How in the world can any one actually spin this to make him a hero? He didn’t order a call girl to bring them down. He ordered the girl because he is a sleaze ball who thought he was above the law and invincible. Good buy Elliot you slimy, holier than thou piece of garbage.

  • March 13, 2008 at 6:52 am
    ConDave says:
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    Sorry folks, I guess my satire wasn’t very good…

    But trust me, while it was just satire on my part somebody out there is going to make him out to the hero or victim in this.

  • March 14, 2008 at 7:09 am
    RAtemaker says:
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    That’s what I was trying to say – party affiliation doesn’t matter – Craig’s a scumbag. Bill Clinton is a scumbag. Eliot Spitzer is a scumbag. All got the treatment they deserved.



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