Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.
There's an awkward conversation. And it's not "involved" as in "involved in prosecuting." It's "involved" as in "send a blonde to room 312 of the Plaza."
Plus, as dramatic convention now requires with politicians, we have this:
In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.
“”This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,” Mr. Spitzer said at the time. ”It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.”
Edit: And, by the way, my slightly more serious take:
1. Yes, it's sex, and sex is personal. Prostitution should not be illegal for reasons having to do with morals or preventing sex (the reasons having to do with the welfare of prostitutes are considerably more rational, if not necessary conclusive). But if you make a living busting prostitution rings and puffing about it, you can't get away with hiring prostitutes.
2. If he's married, and doesn't have the wife's permission to have sex with whores, then he's a scumbag for at least three reasons: (1) he's broken his vows to her, (2) he's done so in a way highly likely to humiliate her publicly, and (3) he's risked bringing disease home.
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