Clinton supporter Spitzer quits office following scandal

Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic governor of New York caught up in a prostitution ring scandal and a key backer of Sen Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, has resigned from office. Spitzer thus loses his status as a superdelegate, effective March 17. In a further blow to Sen Clinton, CNN International says CNN is projecting that Barack Obama has won Mar 4’s Texas caucuses.

Spitzer’s speech:

In the past few days, I have begun to atone for my private failings with my wife, Silda, my children, and my entire family. The remorse I feel will always be with me. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and compassion they have shown me.

From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I have been given much: the love of my family, the faith and trust of the people of New York, and the chance to lead this state. I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me. To every New Yorker, and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for, I sincerely apologise.

I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been, but I also know that as a public servant I, and the remarkable people with whom I worked, have accomplished a great deal. There is much more to be done and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the public’s work.

Over the course of my public life, I have insisted, I believe correctly, that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can, and will, ask no less of myself. For this reason, I am resigning from the office of Governor. At Lt. Gov. Paterson’s request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17, the date he believes will permit an orderly transition.

I go forward with the belief, as others have said, that as human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help and heal myself and my family. Then I will try once again, outside of politics, to serve the common good and to move toward the ideals and solutions which I believe can build a future of hope and opportunity for us and for our children.

I hope all of New York will join my prayer for my friend, David Paterson, as he embarks on his new mission. I thank the public once again for the privilege of service.

Gov Eliot Spitzer

Spitzer has yet to be charged with any crime but conspiracy and money-laundering charges could be laid against him. The New York Lt. Governor, David Paterson, will take over on Monday. He will become only the third black American governor since Reconstruction and the first-ever legally blind American governor.

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