The deathwatch for Spitzer’s career is in full swing — wall-to-wall TV coverage; a packed press room; endless talking heads trying to find something to say while they wait for Spitzer to show up. We just finished watching a helicopter shot of the motorcade.
Spitzer’s staff is entering the room now, and Spitzer is now at the podium with his wife.
“I have begun to atone for my private failings…. I have been given much … I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me. To every New Yorker … I sincerely apologize.”
“I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work…. I can and will ask no less of myself [than I have asked of others in public life]. For this reason, I am resigning from the office of Governor. At Lt. Gov. Paterson’s request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17.”
“I hope all of New York will join in my prayers for my friend David Paterson….”
And that’s it. No questions, and he’s out of the room. He did make clear that he is done with politics. He also spoke of his governorship in terms of “what might have been.” Indeed.
Staggering. Just staggering.
UPDATE (By Bob): Quote of the day, from Ashley Alexandra Dupré’s (aka “Kristen:” Client #9’s Mayflower Hotel escort) MySpace page: “What destroys me, strengthens me.” Food for thought Governor: maybe it’s all for the best. Hat tip, NYT.