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.