(Left) Silda Spitzer stands by her man as he apologizes to the public. Ironically, he doesn’t say for what he’s apologizing. Doesn’t his facial expression just say it all? I’m sure many women feel a ton of empathy for Silda and are thinking, “Dump the guy already!” (Right) Spitzer with the four beautiful women he should have put first–from left–Jenna, wife Silda, Elyssa, Sarabeth.
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As more information on the Eliot Spitzer scandal is released, the more people are shaking their heads in disgust. How could a governor, the most powerful elected official in New York state do something this stupid? When will he resign? Will he resign or be impeached by the state legislation? Many media outlets are reporting that Spitzer’s resignation isn’t likely to happen today because his lawyers are probably working out a plea deal with the Feds after filing a federal criminal complaint released yesterday to the press after the New York Times broke the story (read THE federal criminal complaint).
Here’s the low down on what’s happening (compiled by watching/reading news from several outlets), Spitzer set up a couple of shell corporation to transfer funds from a personal account a business account (aka the shell corporation’s account). Shell corporations are companies without staff that are just fronts used are used to funnel money to other sources (the illegal version of this is “money laundering”). These companies are created to avoid federal reporting requirements or structuring, which is a felony.
Bank officials noticed suspicious cash transfers from Spitzer’s and notified the Treasury Department who notified the IRS (you know it’s trouble with the IRS gets involved) which launched a federal investigation that went all the way to the U.S. Attorney General who gave feds permission to wiretap Spitzer’s private cell phone calls. Bada-bing, bada-boom—Spitzer’s liaisons with the call girl service know as The Emperor’s Club VIP were discovered through over 6,000 phone calls, e-mails, and text messages. Spitzer is also believed to have moved prostitutes over state lines in trysts that may have been going on for five years.
On February 13, Spitzer allegedly met with a girl named “Kristen”, who ratted him out, probably because he was a jerk, according to Hollywood’s most famous madam, Heidi Fleiss (read Fleiss’ reaction). Fox News also quotes Fleiss saying, “ don’t recommend prostitution as a career at all, but I think it’s absolutely set up wrong how the women are the only ones that get beat down.” And isn’t that the truth? From the Bible story of the women caught in adultery to modern times, the women who are prostitutes get busted while the men who pay them walk off to live another day and pay another hooker.
Another site, Wonkette: The DC Gossip, has screen shots from the now-defunct website of the Emperor’s Club VIP, which shows the ladies with who Spitzer spent some time, aside from his wife and three young daughters. Speaking of which, Spitzer’s wife, Silda is a high-powered Wall Street attorney who is choosing to “stand by her man” at this time. Why? We’ve no idea, but here are a few theories–she’s in shock and doesn’t know what else to do; she loves him; she feels sorry for him; and/or she’s trying to keep it together for the sake of the girls.
The other big question–why would Spitzer risk his career and more important his marriage over this stuff? The guy who wanted to clean up moral corruption and corporate crime probably thought he knew the law so well that he could also maneuver around him. Many are calling Spitzer an arrogant man, who made many enemies–therefore, he may have thought he was invincible, much like many dictators in world history. Whatever the reason, time is ticking away as the state of New York and the rest of the U.S. wait to see what will become of the state’s now-shamed governor.
Coming up later this week on Backseat Writer–How the Mistakes of the Father Affect the Daughters, a look at how daughters are affected by the their fathers’ extra-marital affairs.