I've been following HoGate '08 ever since the news broke Monday afternoon. In case you live under a rock, Governor Spitzer just resigned after sleeping with a ho...after campaigning for years to bring ethics back to Albany. And after busting a bunch of prostitution rings. As Charles so eloquently put it, the governor has no clothes. (Cambot, give me Client #9...)
I actually stole the entry headline from the NY Post. (In my opinion, the best job in journalism is not found at Charlie Gibson's anchor chair, nor at the editor desk at the New York Times. The best job possible is the headline writer for the NY Post, and, conversely, the NY Daily News.) I laughed at the headline, even though it brought back bitter memories of HoGate '07. (Though, of course, that one involved calling someone a ho, as opposed to merely sleeping with one.)
I have a theory as to why Governor Spitzer got in trouble. No, it does not involve sleeping with hookers for six years. It also does not involve using your close friend's name when you engage in illegal activity with said hookers. (Seriously, I can't be the only one who finds that last one hilarious. What a great friend.) This involves something different.
I found the following item buried in this piece from the New York Times. It describes the Governor's last-ditch efforts before the news became public.
By 10:30 on Monday morning, it was clear in Albany that something was wrong. Mr. Spitzer’s office abruptly canceled a speech to a family planning conference, about a half-hour before he was scheduled to ascend the podium. The governor also canceled a private meeting with Cardinal Edward M. Egan, at first sending word that Mr. Paterson would stand in for him, and then abandoning the session altogether.
Let this be a lesson to you, boys and girls: Do not mess with Cardinal Egan. Do not leave him in the lurch, like the Governor did. Because he knows about the times you've played hide the shelaylee.