March 10, 2008
Spitzer, Prostitution and Names "like Christine"
Posted by Christine Hurt

I am poised at the computer, refreshing the NYT front page every few minutes so I don't miss the statement from Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who "has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring."

What most interests me about this story is that on Friday, the NYT reported on the uncovered prostitution ring, Emperor's Club V.I.P., which advertised high-price escorts on a website that showed pictures of women (without faces) with "names like Sienna and Christine."  Just to be clear, I don't think I was on that website.  Also, with all due respect to women named "Sienna," "Christine" is just not that exotic a name.  That escort must have appealed to customers who have very refined tastes.

UPDATE:  Spitzer's super-short statement is here.  He apologizes.  I do not want to dwell on Gov. Spitzer's misery, but I am interested to know what the future holds.  He owned up to his failing and apologized, but what next?  Remember, he is a superdelegate. . . .

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1. Posted by Gordon Smith on March 10, 2008 @ 15:43 | Permalink

A "private matter"? Not anymore.

"Are you resigning? Are you resigning?"

Spitzer stated, "I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas." He knows that is not true, and his influence was based more than most politicians on a very high standard of personal integrity. It's over.

2. Posted by Miranda on March 11, 2008 @ 13:08 | Permalink

I got the impression they were using "Christine" as an example of a "classy" name to emphasize that this was a high-priced ring! You should be flattered!

3. Posted by John B on March 13, 2008 @ 9:31 | Permalink

Sex and power have long had a long relationship, based on the past years starting with the Clinton impeachment. Paying so much for sex makes us wonder, I did a Google search on the subject and found hundreds of thousands of escorts available in the US, but also overseas (even an "escorts resort"). One called itself "Charlisangels Erotic Vacations resort" and advertised all-inclusive vacations for men in the Caribbean.

It seems that the Internet is being used more and more as a tool to sell and promote all kinds of activities, and if we don`t start debating the subject now, it might be too late tomorrow. Eliot knows that himself.

4. Posted by bill on March 13, 2008 @ 21:26 | Permalink

That which we call Christine by any other name would cost $5500/hour.

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