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"Please Pick Up Kids -- Gov With Prostitute"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Governor Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda Wall Spitzer stands by his side.

New Governor Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda Wall Spitzer stands by his side.

It was a warm day, I remember, and I'd just come back from grabbing a falafel outside. It was a week after the Texas and Ohio primaries, PA wasn't until late April, and I was luxuriating in what was looking like my first slow month in half a year. Ha! A few moments after getting back from lunch a message landed in my inbox with the subject line 'spitzer.'

The Times story that it linked to seemed like a joke. But I went up to the newsroom to check, and was quickly ushered into the studio with Brian Lehrer. We went live, because the governor was supposed to speak in a few minutes. Forty five minutes later, with absolutely nothing coming from the governor's press office, we were still talking.

Somewhere in there, I managed to tap out a message to my partner, because it was my turn to get the kids that day. "Please pick up kids -- Gov with prostitute." There launched one of the strangest 72-hour periods of my career, where it turned out, the "smartest guy in the room" governor wasn't too smart, it seemed, to get ensnared in the law he wrote, on money transfers....Who knew?

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