Politicians Gone Wild


1205177633There was a lot of outrage when Carl Stanley McGee, assistant secretary for policy and planning for Gov. Deval Patrick, was arrested in Florida for alleged misdeeds with a 15-year-old boy in December. McGee’s arraignment has been postponed as the prosecutors finalize the charges against him, leaving this particular controversy at a low simmer.

But we need only look to the south to find a public relations nightmare that’s come to a full boil.

New York governor Eliot Spitzer has been linked to a prostitution ring. And he might have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those pesky wiretaps.

The wiretap recording, made during an investigation of a prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP, captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.

As NY Mag’s Daily Intelligencer points out, Spitzer broke up two prostitution rings during his tenure as New York’s attorney general. The governor apologized to his wife and three children at a news conference, but stopped short of resigning.

Stay tuned, kids. This one’s just getting started.