Spitzer Comes Out Fighting

Speech Not Reported in the Media


The Spitzer Press Conference

SPITZER’S ACTUAL WORDS [Not reported by the media]

[Responding to the first question]

Well … my wife whom I love has been hurt by this, and I am very sorry for that. Very. I never intended to hurt her …

[The Governor, struggling to gather himself for nearly a minute, then continued.]

… But now I have to ask why a man’s or a woman’s sexual peccadilloes have to be splashed all over the media in this country. As though private sexual relations between men and women are news.

You know … the religious NAZIs in this country …. the so-called religious leaders … and the completely corrupt media that are always going on about this sort of thing … maybe it’s time for people to grow up.

See, I’ve got news for you. All humans are sexually active. And most of of us do have sexual relations outside our main family relationships. That may uncomfortable to hear but its true.

So-called “religious leaders,” most of whom are certainly “getting a little” on the side — sometimes with men, sometimes with women (and a LOT of politicians too); even some media moguls know this. Everybody knows this. So why is it NEWS?

I’ll tell you why: Because SEX is used to blackmail and control people by all these so-called “leaders”. They control politics with it. They use SEX for power, the same way rapists do. And that, I grant you, is a slimeball thing to do.

First they lie to convince you that sex outside marriage is always bad. Then they lie again, pretending that they themselves and other so-called “good” people never do such things. Finally, they lie when they tell you all it’s NEWS … that a political figure sought and found a bit of sexual comfort, in privacy.

Humans seek and need a lot of sexual comfort in this screwed up world that these so-called leaders have foisted on us all — every one of you does and every damned one of you knows this.

So if you want to understand our so-called religious leadership in America today … and our so-called political and MEDIA leadership. There is a WORD you should keep in mind … more clearly even than these words: MONEY and BRIBE. The word you should keep in mind is BLACKMAIL.

An awful lot of politics is controlled by blackmail.

Think Bush. Think NSA spying. That’s how they’re running the country.

[Spitzer then abruptly left the briefing room.]

* Editor: The above is, of course, a satire.

Army 2LT Morrisseau actively opposed the Vietnam War in uniform in 1967-68, eventually getting arrested for a one-man, uniformed-stand in front of the LBJ Whitehouse on 3/10/68. A week later he was seized and ordered to Vietnam; he refused, and he was again arrested. Morrisseau and his small legal team defeated the resultant court-martial; he resigned his Commission and was released from further military duty Under Honorable Conditions. Read other articles by Dennis, or visit Dennis's website.

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  1. Trevor Smith said on March 12th, 2008 at 6:25am #

    Spitzer had made some powerful enemies to be sure. There is a story I read earlier that the criminals on Wall Street cheered when Spitzer’s debacle was annonuced. Hmmmmm, now why would they do that?

    And who are clients 1-8? They must be some very wealthy people. Why haven’t we heard anything about them?

  2. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 7:11am #

    I’m agnostic, have no use for organized religion. That said, it seems the American “left”/progressives once again want to give a pass to a ruling class maggot with the mantra that it is just sex.

    Nevermind that Spitz contributes to organized crime – believe me at 5K a pop the mob is involved. Nevermind that Spitz and ilk harass and prosecute street hookers while supporting their own ring of whores, breaking city, state, and federal laws, banking laws, etc. for which the rest of us would be wearing an orange jumpsuit.

    If you believe “most of us” forage outside our “family relationships” to get a little tail on the side – you sir are hanging with the wrong crowd. There are plenty of people, religious or not, who respect their families enough to keep their zipper up.

    Perhaps we should support folks who are not open to blackmail because they’re caring and intelligent enough to take their leadership role seriously and reject behavior that might come back to bite themselves and their family in the ass.

    That’s the problem I have with so-called progressives these days – they claim debauchery is normal “grown up” and tolerance means make no demands on anyone because we’re all just seeking “sexual comfort.”

    What a crock.

  3. Jim said on March 12th, 2008 at 7:21am #

    then get the heck out of here, and stop calling people progressives, you sound like one.
    the pass that larry craig has now as he is still serving, he denies it, is that what you want mr..
    so he should have stood there and denied the accusations and maybe blamed it on the repubs…
    thats a note from your sides play book good sir.
    what what’ll it be
    ha yea its a joke all politics is, but the fact that you speak out against progressives in the context of the conservative cesspool is beyond me..
    well no its not, your just another petty liar.

  4. David A. Smith said on March 12th, 2008 at 8:36am #

    Evie – so you don’t believe all the surveys that show the majority of people – men and women – have extra-relational sex? You might be “hanging” with a crowd, but their naive, not right.

    Jim – what are you talking about?

    Dennis – thanks for the humorous, yet insightful reminder of what we’re dealing with when watching the destruction of Spitzer. I was never a fan of is, but watching the machinations of how the ruling class eat their own is always somewhat dumbfounding.

  5. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 8:44am #

    Since the Emperors Club is internation maybe 1-8 clients are abroad. Client #10 in Chicago requested a prostitute “Chrissy” to fly from LA to Chicago. Wonder who that could be.

  6. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 8:44am #

    Since the Emperors Club is international maybe 1-8 clients are abroad. Client #10 in Chicago requested a prostitute “Chrissy” to fly from LA to Chicago. Wonder who that could be.

  7. Michael Dawson said on March 12th, 2008 at 9:18am #

    I’m with you Evie! What a complete asshole. Apologizes to his wife, then spends three times as much verbiage excusing himself in the most trite possible terms. And where the fuck was all the bile about our truly rotten overclass before you got caught with your prick in the cookie jar? That’s right — nowhere. What a creep. Between him and Killary Klinton, New York is a total disgrace.

  8. Ron Horn said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:04am #

    I think that Dennis and Trevor have gotten the issue exactly right. The ruling investment class uses America’s archaic Puritanical sexual legacy to wrap themselves in sanctimonious righteousness while getting rid of those in their class who too often fail to go along with business as usual.

  9. hp said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:11am #

    I read somewhere he was investigating Larry (pull it) Silverstein. That ought to do it..

  10. Hatuxka said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:25am #

    The only reason he should have resigned is that he subjected himself to blackmail by his actions. Blackmail which is only possible because of the puritanical nature of both “progressives”, religious zealots and others.

  11. rosemarie jackowski said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:26am #

    In my view, the public should judge their politicians on their voting records and accomplishments in office. Sex and family life should be private and not invaded by the voyeuristic media. Brittany is out of the news for a few days, so the Press finds some other sex story to peddle off on the non-thinking public. There are important issues to be discussed. The private life of anyone is just a red herring.
    The only good thing about all of this is that a visually impaired person will be governor. Too often anyone with a disability is marginalized in this culture.

  12. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:35am #

    Do you have a link to Spitzer accomplishments which helped we the little people? So far I’ve heard only that he has bullied his wealthy peers about pay packages, prostitution rings, etc.

    When a pol presents himself as morally superior while prosecuting prostitution rings while participating in one – his private peckerdillos becomes public business.

    His “meteoric” political rise has always been questioned as bought and paid for by his daddy’s $500 million coffers. What goes around comes around. He went after the powerful with threats of exposure and now his turn arrives.

    Guess this blows his hopes of becoming the first Jewish president (no pun intended).

  13. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:41am #

    TRY to remember good folks. Amerika watches court-tv and judge judy. which makes Amerikans The Judge. They need entertainment this summer. Spitzer ought to make a more formidable opponent than most of Judge Judy’s. And all the Judges at-large, who might otherwise be attending the national circus, will be so very, very meaningfully distracted.

  14. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:43am #

    signed, old wisdom-and-truth = dead end.

  15. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:57am #

    Watching Spitzit beats watching the sideshow of Clinton/Obama race to the White’s House. At least Spitzer episode will end soon, the ClintonObama-rama may last longer than I care to think about.


  16. D. R. Munro said on March 12th, 2008 at 11:00am #

    What people do behind their closed doors is no business of mine, gossip and meaningless chat is for tedious people with deflated intellects.

    Not a single one of us can get on their soapbox and start pontificating moral this, and moral that to anyone else. We’re human – we’re all flawed.

  17. hp said on March 12th, 2008 at 11:10am #

    Evie, don’t give up yet. There’s always John, (I just found out I’m Jewish) Kerry-Kohn and Wesley (I just found out I’m Jewish) Clark- Kanne.
    And Clark-Kanne is still out there supporting Hillary.
    And Hillary has yet to name a VP..

  18. HR said on March 12th, 2008 at 11:59am #

    It’s a damned shame the article was a satire. If Spitzer had actually taken a stand like that publicly, he might have found more support than opposition.

  19. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 12th, 2008 at 12:42pm #

    The ultimate potification, DR: We’re all flawed.

  20. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 12th, 2008 at 12:43pm #


  21. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 12:54pm #

    Lol… so true.

  22. hp said on March 12th, 2008 at 1:23pm #

    Yes were all flawed, but all flaws aren’t created equally.
    Like the difference between murdering someone for money and cheating on your taxes for money.

  23. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 1:36pm #

    David A.
    I believe surveys as much as I believe polling – both put there to manufacture and manipulate opinion/behavior rather than a measure of same. Did the study give an age group? I might believe those under 30, or perhaps 35, may have more extramarital sex.

    Monogamy and fidelity are not naïveté, maybe out of style? Putting another notch on the bedpost doesn’t make a person smarter.

  24. Don Hawkins said on March 12th, 2008 at 2:40pm #

    “Life is a tale told by an idiot — full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Although when Shakespeare wrote this the World was still flat, you know in many way’s it still is so this still will probably work just as well today.

  25. D. R. Munro said on March 12th, 2008 at 4:15pm #

    You know what I think, I think Evie is jealous that no other men will touch her except her husband.

    Uh-huh, I just sunk that low.

  26. D. R. Munro said on March 12th, 2008 at 4:18pm #

    Lloyd, if you can show me a perfect person, then it will be a ponitification.

    You know the old cliche of the glass house and the stone – well, I know that I personally have wronged people and done some awful things in my time . . . so I feel that I have NO right to judge anyone else, for it would be blatant hypocrisy.

  27. synicab12 said on March 12th, 2008 at 4:18pm #


    I agree with every word you wrote, and by the way I am an atheist
    and not a religious zealot. Iam left of center too.
    Spitzer has built his reputation and career as morality and propriety
    crusader and took pride and gloated about busting prostituion rings
    and puting prostitutes in jail. What a hyprocite and pretender he is.
    What about his humiliated wife and daughters ?? What about the average citizens who thought they had an honest clean leader??!!
    If he was setup or singled out then he deserved it because he displayed
    an utter arrogance and poor judgement and . He thought himself invincible.

  28. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 12th, 2008 at 5:07pm #

    DR. It depends on what you mean by “judge.” I personally think “it’s all luck.” And I could explain why I also think this viewpoint is so unacceptable to people today, but it would be just be more historico-scientific blah blah. The point is, because each us lives a life determined by luck, it’s absurd to “judge” each other in the sense you sound like you attribute to me. I don’t judge people in a juridical, philosophical, religious or moral sense. Only in terms of what I, needless to say I, consider to be the social consequences of their behaviors. Or, to put it another way, Hitler’s only punishment or reward for his actions, like that of all of us, resides in the impact his life has had and will have on mankind. Ditto for Jesus.

    I do think everyone’s actions and thoughts have real world consequences, and they act and think in ways that have real world consequences in terms of life, death, and suffering. Moreover, it’s almost trite to say, taking no position is equivalent to deferring to the powers that be.

    Now, I honestly don’t know if I’ve finished with this post. It’s quite a while past my rigorous-thinking time, and I have to go. I do know, usually when I re-read my posts after 24 hours or more have passed, they seem far less extreme or unjustified. I hope they seem that way to others.


  29. Don Hawkins said on March 12th, 2008 at 5:11pm #

    ATLANTA (AP) — Under pressure from Congress, the government released a controversial draft report Wednesday that suggests pollution is causing health problems in some parts of the Great Lakes states, including cancer and premature births.

    The document was produced by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But CDC administrators quickly distanced themselves from the work, saying that some of the science is weak, and that they released it after accusations of a cover-up.

    CDC officials also said they have asked an independent scientific advisory organization — the Institute of Medicine — to review the drafts and give its own assessment of the work’s quality.

    “We’re sending it to the best scientific body in the country. They can tell us whether we were justified or not” in having misgivings about the science, said Dr. Henry Falk, who oversees CDC research on environmental health hazards.

    It’s unusual — but not unheard of — for the institute to review CDC research. It is expected to finish its assessment by the end of June, CDC officials said.

    The CDC had been under fire from some congressmen for withholding the documents and for reassigning the scientist in charge of the project, Christopher De Rosa, to lesser duties.

    Some lawmakers said they believe De Rosa was reassigned because he pushed for release of important information.

    I wonder what are the numbers of men ,wife’s, daughters, son’s living along those lakes? Who told the CDC to hold this information? “Life is a tale told by an idiot — full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Especially when trying to tell truth to power.

  30. kyle foley said on March 12th, 2008 at 5:23pm #

    it is obvious, Lord, what happened.
    in attacking greed’s worm-wench,
    in confronting wall street’s lash-vultures,
    always their wrath-foam profligate,
    his name fabulo-glittered in the press
    he undoubtedly eclipsed in narcìssum,
    him the bloom-flashing arbiter of justice,
    his self the new empire state building,
    comet-diamond from his mind arising.

    undoubtedly he was the best
    attorney general in the nation,
    no reason to believe that he would
    not have become our most effective governor,
    the sloth-merchants swine butchering,
    their platmo-flash to smut-gold morphing.
    a sudden tsunami of justice crashing,
    a weird freak of sunshine
    amid an oil-ocean of savàjo.

    instead the ego’s wrath-talons
    his soul dispossessed, obesified,
    the gremlins of arrogance surrounding him,
    all sorts of warlocks of pride gunning him.

    please, Lord, heal this one of our leading politicians,
    guide him back into the lumino-flash of mind-treasure,
    return him to the fold of beato-bliss,
    the flash-beacons surrounding him,
    rather than the heinous lust-warts,
    cherub-blithe, moon-kiss, and silverado,
    instead of junk-jaws, witch-death and gash.

  31. Evie said on March 12th, 2008 at 5:49pm #

    Thanks Lloyd.

    As for Willie Shakespear – what a funkster. Life has been quite a wondrous journey, even with the low valleys and pits and sometimes a little luck and pluck, I wish I had another 60 years – but maybe such sounds/words makes me an idiot, full of furious nothing.


  32. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 12th, 2008 at 5:59pm #

    thank you, Evie. I’m not so mush-minded I can’t recognize a compliment. And a fellow…believer that God does roll dice, if (s) he exists.

  33. kyle foley said on March 12th, 2008 at 6:56pm #

    i have just witnessed the resignation
    of the governor of new york, Lord.
    although only in office for a year,
    as attorney general
    he courageously attacked the wealthy,
    he wrangled their greed in razor-coil,
    and he punished their gluttony of cattle.
    rather than become captive to luxury’s spice,
    and wholly subject to its intoxo-junk,
    he instead fought for the poor’s falcon-freedom,
    their lot striving to uplift and illumobellish.

    sadly he was also intensely suffocated
    by lust’s merchants of night-death,
    his spirit cruelly hijacked by its oven,
    ever his self by its onslaught flooded.
    unfortunately the femme’s eyes of diamomazement,
    her hair-silk and lips of merlot
    eviscerated his reason and robbed him
    of the elysian serenity of rationality.

    lust kills, Lord, it ostracizes the spirit to fen,
    it enmaggots the soul with howl,
    and it inspires dissonance and cacophony within.
    had i an abundance of luxo-wealth and rave-power, Lord,
    it could very easily have been me
    who was just now bludgeoned and decapitated,
    me who was encompassed by the shadow,
    me who was subsumed in night-thunder.

    i pray more free from lust’s talons to be,
    less surrounded by its paratroopers of slice,
    its noxio-annoyo siren reduced to a whisper,
    rather than an ocean-defeaned roar.

  34. Rusty said on March 12th, 2008 at 7:11pm #

    I’d feel sorry for Spitzer were it not for the fact that he prosecuted prostitution rings. Just desserts.

  35. hp said on March 12th, 2008 at 8:05pm #

    Lord have mercy Kyle. The criminal Spitzer didn’t become mayor of New York City, by being a fucking choir boy running around with a bible in one hand and healing the sick with the other.
    Rather his dick in one hand and stolen money in the other. If he had ten hands they would also be filled with the fruits of vice, no doubt.
    And please spare me the I’m not any better crap, we’re all sinners bullshit.

  36. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 12th, 2008 at 10:22pm #

    TRY to remember good folks. Amerika watches court-tv and judge judy. which makes Amerikans The Judge. They need entertainment this summer. Spitzer ought to make a more formidable opponent than most of Judge Judy’s. And all the Judges at-large, who might otherwise be attending the national circus, will be so very, very meaningfully distracted.

  37. Don Hawkins said on March 13th, 2008 at 8:40am #

    Written by Dewey Bunnell, ©1976
    Found on Hideaway, America Live, and Highway.

    Amber cascades all over today
    Then we walk on a crooked catwalk
    Only to be delayed
    Bubbles of blue burst into two
    Eaten up by the incoming tide
    Of the new

    Then we call to the man who walks on the water
    We talk of a plan to stop all the slaughter in view
    It’s in view

    Granite charades are played in the rain
    Till we fall through a sand castle window
    To avoid the pain
    Summer canoe paddles up to you
    ‘Cause it’s time for another beer run
    Or something that’s equally true

    Then we call to the man who walks on the water
    We talk of a plan to stop all the slaughter in view

    Then we call to the man who walks on the water
    We talk of a plan to stop all the slaughter in view
    It’s in view

  38. hp said on March 13th, 2008 at 8:53am #

    “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”
    No more shopping for you!

  39. Steven Sherman said on March 13th, 2008 at 4:39pm #

    David A. Smith: what surveys are you referring to? The most extensive survey about American sexual habits found about 15% of Americans admitted to having affairs. I’ve never heard a higher figure backed by survey data, although investigating this question obviously poses immense challenges to researchers. The number of men who admitted to buying sex from prostitutes–which is what we are talking about here, in Spitzer’s case–was quite a bit lower. Prostitution is a space of disgusting exploitation. That is the reality more or less around the world. Stating it has little to do with American Puritanism. What to do about it can be a complicated question. But Spitzer’s attitude–prosecute publicly, partake privately–was reprehensible. That is why no one rallied to his side. An adequate sense of the reality of prostitution can be gained by asking the simple question of how would you feel to learn that a family member was a prostitute. Most people (whatever their politics) would probably be gravely concerned for her (or his, I suppose, although there are some differences between the working conditions for men and women) safety–fear of diseases, violence from clients and employers, lasting psychological damage. This, for me, makes prostitution a whole different category than if we were to learn that Spitzer once ‘got some on the side’ while at some political conference. To me, that would simply fall into the category of ‘too much information’.

  40. Lloyd Rowsey said on March 14th, 2008 at 7:10am #

    Thanks for this, SS. I only had to read it to know you don’t have a cover-name and participated in the hitting on Evie, above. (Which is not to say her/his comments were not distinctly interesting.)

    Now I’m getting the drift, as it were, of Spitzer’s situation.

  41. opeluboy said on March 14th, 2008 at 4:42pm #

    This whole story is a distraction, causing too many to lose focus on more important issues, like a war that’s still going on. Who Spitzer shares his dick with means nothing to me. If he broke the law, charge him. We have work to do.

    One thing, though, that does bother me is that the wife always has to be dragged before the press and the public to “stand by her man.” I would not ask this of my wife were I to find myself in Spitzer’s position.

    It would be embarrassing to have the entire world see her kick the living shit out of me.

  42. Don Hawkins said on March 14th, 2008 at 4:54pm #

    Opeluboy we have work to do I like that let’s see if we can move that forward. I am serious I like that I am going to use it.

  43. Don Hawkins said on March 14th, 2008 at 4:58pm #

    The Washington Post

    Friday 14 March 2008

    A plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to close several of its 26 research libraries did not fully account for the impact on government staffers and the public, who rely on the libraries for hard-to-find environmental data, congressional investigators reported yesterday.

    The report by the Government Accountability Office found that the EPA effort, begun in 2006 to comply with a $2 million funding cut sought by the White House, may have hurt access to materials and services in the 37-year-old library network.

    Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, said the report reveals a “grim picture” of mismanagement at the EPA. The panel’s oversight and investigations subcommittees held a hearing on the reorganization yesterday.

    The libraries provide technical information and documentation for enforcement cases and help EPA staff members track new environmental technologies and the health risks associated with dangerous chemicals.

    They also are repositories of scientific information that is used to back up the agency’s positions on new regulations and environmental reports and data that are tapped by people such as developers and state and local officials. The collections include hard-to-find copies of documents on federal Superfund hazardous waste sites, water-quality data and the health of regional ecosystems.

    We have work to do.