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Have Either Senators Craig Or Vitter Resigned Yet?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 10, 2008

No? Didn’t think so.

Then neither should Governor Spitzer. That’s my take.

Oh, and guess how Spitzer was brought down? The bankers he’d pissed off were watching his money really closely. Normally they wouldn’t be flagging $5,000 transactions from a man of his wealth (his father is a real estate mogul), but in his case they sure did:

It Wasn’t the Sex; Suspicious $$ Transfers Led to Spitzer
Officials Say Spitzer Is ‘Client 9’ in a Federal Complaint
Against the Prostitution Ring

March 10, 2008-

The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was
triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s suspicious money transfers,
initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes,
according to federal officials.

It was only months later that the IRS and the FBI determined
that Spitzer wasn’t hiding bribes but payments to a company
called QAT, what prosecutors say is a prostitution operation
operating under the name of the Emperors Club.


The suspicious financial activity was initially reported by a
bank to the IRS which, under direction from the Justice
Department, brought in the FBI’s Public Corruption Squad.

“We had no interest at all in the prostitution ring until the
thing with Spitzer led us to learn about it,” said one Justice
Department official.

Jane Hamsher has more questions over at FDL.

7 Responses to “Have Either Senators Craig Or Vitter Resigned Yet?”

  1. Jeff Fecke said

    Sorry, but the problem is that Vitter and Craig didn’t resign, not that Spitzer shouldn’t. I hold my partisans to a higher standard than the GOP evidently holds theirs, and that’s their problem; Elliot Spitzer violated the very law he swore to uphold. Yes, Vitter and Craig should be ousted, and it’s to their party’s shame that they aren’t. But we’re better than they are, and I don’t want a man representing the Democratic party who thinks so little of women that he’d hire them for sex, and then demand they go beyond what he’d hired them to do.

  2. […] indictment doesn’t “pass the smell test.” It’s understandable that others point to David Vitter and Larry Craig, and wonder why Spitzer should have to resign. It’s understandable, when someone you liked is […]

  3. shrimplate said

    I wouldn’t rush to judgement. You might hear someone singing, but it isn’t the fat lady.

  4. Charles II said

    This looks like a political prosecution to me. If it is, Spitzer would be taking the easy way out by resigning. The more difficult way– fighting it in order to expose the misuse of DoJ resources– would be the honorable course.

  5. The Spitzer Sting: More Politicization of the Justice Department

    At BN-Politics (link is at the top of the page), I published a much more extended discussion of the Spitzer matter, complete with Jane Hamsher’s absolutely legitimate concerns that his prosecution arose out of the Bush Administration’s ongoing effort…

  6. Charles II said

    I’ll check it out, Damozel.

  7. Playatheart said

    Just because Vitter & Craig didn’t resign doesn’t mean Spitzer shouldn’t either. They are all public servants who are supposed to uphold the law. Let the Red Elephants continue to shame themselves by being the hypocritical creatures that they are. The Dems should take a higher standard, even if it means that one of their rising stars falls. The Dems will only be stronger this way. Further, by resigning, Spitzer shows that he’s not a hypocrite and that he’s not one of those politicians who talk out of both sides of his mouth. I commend him for resigning, rather than hide behind his wife by saying that his wife forgave him. Vitter & Craig can learn a lot from Spitzer.

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