Speed reading more coverage of Eliot Spitzer and his spitzering


Hey, look, the media circus is in town.

Updated Wednesday at 11:59 AM

So, he's done. We've read through the piles of coverage about it so you don't have to... many new bite-sized facts and details from Wednesday's coverage after the jump.

+ Spitzer announced his resignation today. It will take effect Monday. [NYT]

+ Spitzer's delay in resigning was attributed to his legal team using his resignation as a bargaining chip in negotiations with federal prosecutors. [TU]

+ Spitzer's wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, was apparently still pushing for him to hold off on resigning. [NYT]

+ Dr. Laura: Eliot's philandering is basically Silda's fault. Watch her say it. [NY Mag] [Huffington Post]

+ Silda Wall Spitzer has apparently somehow found a way to remain extremely polite when people call her mobile to ask about her husband's situation. [NYT]

+ One security expert's speculation for the delay in resigning: it buys time to destroy records and cover up evidence. [Dealbreaker]

+ Kirsten Gillibrand says Spitzer should resign if the allegations are true. [NYT]

+ Marist poll: 70 percent of New Yorkers say Spitzer should go. [AP]

+ Joe Bruno says he's praying for Spitzer. [NYT]

+ Spitzer apparently availed himself of the Emperors Club's service not only in DC, but also Dallas and possibly Florida. [NYT]

+ Spitzer's total spending on prostitutes could be as high as $80,000. [AP]

+ Albany-area "escort" service owner: as concerned as the governor is about economic development, you'd think he would would have kept his business in state. [NPR]

+ Spitzer apparently has been going to prostitutes for as long as 10 years. [NY Post]

+ Apparently the FBI had staked out the Mayflower Hotel in January in an attempt to catch Spitzer in an earlier rendezvous. [WP]

+ Question: where was Spitzer's state trooper security detail while all this was going on? [NYT]

+ Spitzer apparently used the alias "George Fox" to book his room at the Mayflower. The real George Fox says that's a "disappointment," but appreciates that Spitzer called to apologize personally. [NYT]

+ A former federal prosecutor says it's unlikely the feds will prosecute Spitzer for violating the Mann Act (that's the 1910 law that makes it illegal to transport a prostitute across state lines). [NYT]

+ Alan Dershowitz says the feds shouldn't prosecute Spitzer on money laundering charges, either, because those laws were designed to go after organized crime. Jim Tedisco called Dershowitz "an apologist." [CNN]

+ David Paterson refused to learn braille while growing up, has run a marathon, stole the ball from Mario Cuomo, and has used lessons learned from The Godfather to deal with Joe Bruno. [NYT]

+ Paterson fainted last year, but according to an aide, the condition isn't a problem as long as he doesn't sleep with his top button buttoned. [TU]

+ Spitzer's apartment building in NYC has drawn hoardes of media people, three helicopters and tourists. [NYT]

Yesterday's speed read of Spitzer coverage.


He should be prosecuted for the Mann Act. How stupid can you be to not use the readily available prostitutes in-state? Throw Florida some business while at the same time avoid breaking federal law. Moron.

And as for is being Silda's fault, how dare Dr. Laura. On a basic relationship level, it's not Silda's fault if Elliot is into spanking and can't communicate that to her. He's the heel.

I believed in him. I really did.

Why didn't we just drop Dr. Laura on Iraq and Afghanistan? The whole war would have been completed in September 2003 and gas would be selling for 49 cents a gallon.

Mark, I think I love you. Marry me?

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