Is Choppergate being Overblown?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Governor Eliot Spitzer is still reeling from charges that he misused state troopers to monitor a political rival. We talk to Wayne Barrett, staff reporter at The Village Voice and the co-author of Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11, who thinks there has been an overreaction to the scandal in Albany.


Wayne Barrett

Comments [7]

Herbie Manford from Manhattan

Wayne Barrett is right. We need a democrat senate so we can have all the wonderful things
democrats want to do for us New Yorkers. The way things are going in this state of dysfunction and corruption maybe we can beat
New Jersey for the title of most corrupt state.
Just think with a democrat senate we can
have Commissar Spitzer and re-education camps
too for unreformed republicans and conservative
New Yorkers. You would like that?

Aug. 01 2007 02:37 PM
frank from riverdale from bronx

Give me a break. Spitzer knew about it all and
ordered it to get Bruno. Oh, I forgot liberal
democrats always get a pass, but not republicans when they do something wrong. You
leftwingers like Barrett believe the end always
justifies the means. A democrat senate,God forbid. There will be no check on the the likes of Spitzer and his radical leftwing agenda.

Aug. 01 2007 02:12 PM
Patricia Michaels from Summit, NJ

Enough already!!! What is the scandal when public employees look at the use of public services by other public employees!! Isn't that what they're supposed to do??? Taxpayers would appreciate accountability of everything office holders do with services provided.

Political motivation--isn't that inherent when one holds public office? Anything a politician says or does is politically motivated!!!

Aug. 01 2007 10:23 AM
Robert from NYC

Yeah, Alberto Gonzalez nonsense is far more important and let's get him purged from office.

Aug. 01 2007 10:20 AM
Anika from Brooklyn

It's a good thing that Gov. Spitzer will not appoint Attorney General Cuomo as a special investigator. Atty Gen. Cuomo wants the governor's job. He would be more than happy (as would Bruno) to spend the years leading up to the election investigating Spitzer.

Aug. 01 2007 10:19 AM
Otto from Brooklyn

Brian, put your ego down -- this is NOT a scandal.
stop it! i'm tired of this.
please move on to stories with real consequences.

Aug. 01 2007 10:17 AM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

I live in NJ but I’ve been following this story. I read the governor’s OpEd on Sunday, and was impressed that he avoided the passive voice, i.e mistakes were made. It seems to me that the story has lost its legs, but it’s in Senator Bruno’s interest to keep the it on page 1. By concentrating on this “scandal” the Senate and Assembly are avoiding action on campaign finance reform and congestion pricing.

Aug. 01 2007 10:15 AM

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