As expected, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced
his resignation today, effective next Monday, March 17.
It’s sad for me to see him go as he was a bullish crusader
against corporate and white-collar criminals during his eight years as New
York’s attorney general and looked to similarly shake things up as
governor. While his strong-arm style of
governance is denounced by some, I feel that such a style is often necessary
and proper in public office, especially when dealing with intractable
Republicans. Now his political career
is over after just a year in the governor’s office and having swept into that
office with 69 percent of the vote.
Let’s hope his replacement Lt. Governor David
Paterson (who is, for better or worse, a more conciliatory figure than Spitzer)
continues the good fight in Albany.