In an announcement moments ago in New York City, Eliot Spitzer resigned saying, "In the past few days I've begun to atone for my private failings," adding, "from those to who much is given, much is expected." He continued, "I sincerely apologize . . . I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the public's work," concluding, "I am resigning the office of governor . . . effective Monday, March 17. . . thank the public once again for the privilege of service."
In the two days since the story of Spitzer's connection to a prostitution ring broke, details have emerged that suggest, according to law enforcement officials, that Spitzer had spent tens of thousands of dollars on the call-girl service Emperors Club VIP, some putting the figure as high as $80,000.
David Paterson, New York's Lieutenant Governor, will take over. He is legally blind and will be New York State's first African-American governor. When asked for lessons these characteristics had taught him, Paterson replied, "You never get to any level of leadership where your race is not a factor. You don't want to be the first; you want to be the first of many."
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