Eliot Spitzer Gets Some Competish From His Former Madam

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Don’t you just hate it when the woman who supplied you with hookers ends up running against you in your bid for city comptroller? Such is the fate of Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as Governor of New York State after feds exposed that he’d spent over $80 grand on the company of lovely ladies such as Ashley Alexandra Dupre.

After the scandal broke, Spitzer got his own talk show while his former madam went to prison for four months.

But the bitch is back. And she’s had it with his bullshit:

“Eliot Spitzer broke state and federal laws in his use of prostitutes and paid no penalty; I broke the law and paid my debt to society,” Kristin Davis said in a statement. “There cannot be two standards of justice, one for the average citizen and another for the political and social elite.”

Davis is a former hedge fund senior vice president and is running as a Libertarian with a plan to legalize marijuana in New York City. If I lived in NYC, and voted, you can be sure she’d have mine.

Much as Davis’ candidacy might come off as a joke, therein kinda lies the problem. Spitzer and Davis both broke the law. But in Spitzer’s case, he was an extra-big asshole about it. As Attorney General he was famous for busting prostitution rings. He put women in prison for doing what he paid them to do. He was also married the whole time, if that’s a thing to you. Davis was none of that. And yet she went to prison, and her candidacy is a joke, while he’s getting ready for round two of his political career.

Regardless of your feelings on prostitution, Davis makes an excellent point. There are two standards of justice. There’s the difference between what happens to the average citizen and the elite when they’re caught with hookers or drugs.

But going back to prostitution and other victimless crimes of vice, that’s one major problem with prosecuting them. It’s always the most vulnerable who get caught by the long arm of the law, while the rich and powerful get away with it. Conservatives call for tougher laws and stricter enforcement. Until it’s their kid who gets arrested with weed. And then it’s different. It’s harder to get into Harvard with a felony on your record.

Enforcement will never be fair. Davis will always get fucked and Spitzer will always get his own show. The only way to make it more fair is to get the state out of it. In the meantime, if you’re in NYC and a voter, show Davis some love.

  • King Lear

    “Daivis will always get fucked” heh

  • Travis Moore Hearne

    Unbelievable, what a shameless double standard! I hope she wins, she’s so cool!

  • BernardKingIII

    Excellent article Cathy!

  • Zakolev

    Excellent analysis of libertarian class theory. Thanks for reminding me why I will try and stay far away from New York.

  • burt

    kick his ass, kiddo!!!

  • Mad Cat Pat

    Prostitution is a victimless crime??

    • snapz

      As long as the prostitute is doing it voluntarily then, yes, it is. Making it illegal is what drives prostitutes to pimps in the first place!

  • Noah

    Good points. They are true and valid.

    At the end of the day, though, if you lived in NYC–and voted in general–and if the choice is between these two options, I don’t see how one could support Davis over Spitzer, while earnestly believing in a meritocratic administration. Spitzer, regardless of our feelings about his personal behavior, is highly qualified professionally to be city comptroller–certainly more so than his competitors.

    Dishonesty and rule-breaking are not good personal qualities for the city’s auditor. While double standards are abhorrent, I think it’s unlikely that that unprofessional overlap would occur again. I’m not arguing that we should cut him personal slack, but if we want someone to uphold our values and protect the public’s money, he seems like the only one running with the capacity to do it.

    Is anyone willing to sacrifice responsible governance and oversight–i.e. the prevention of waste, fraud, and abuse of heard-earned tax dollars–for another candidate’s more palatable personal behavior? To even care about the latter seems like an inconsistent overreach for libertarians, especially when it comes to public policy.