The scandal forced Spitzer to resign today as governor, amid threats of impeachment and media pressure over his involvement in the scandal. Dupre, who has not been charged, told The Times: On her MySpace page, Dupre paints her early family life as one filled with difficulties. She survived because of her devotion to music, she says. It was my decision and Ive never looked back. Left a broken family. Left an older brother who had already split. Learned what it was like to wake up one day and have the people you care about most gone.
I have abused drugs. I have been broke and homeless. I am here, in NY because of my music. Dupre last visited her MySpace page on March NY Governor resigns New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned from office today, succumbing to threats of impeachment and mounting media pressure over his involvement in a career-ending prostitution scandal.
She has not been charged and told the Times: For his reason I am resigning from the office of governor," effective from Monday, an ashen-faced Spitzer said.
Considered more liberal and accommodating than his pugnacious former boss, Patterson immediately sought to draw a line under Spitzer's term and end the deadlock that has struck the state assembly since Spitzer took over last year. Today's resignation marked a dramatic fall from grace for Spitzer, a Hillary Clinton ally once considered presidential material and known as "Mr Clean" for taking down organised crime and tackling Wall Street corruption.
Republicans in the state assembly yesterday had given Spitzer 48 hours to quit or face impeachment proceedings, while New York newspapers had also called for the governor, who could yet face federal charges, to stand down. Spitzer, a father of three, initially indicated when the news broke on Monday that he did not intend to step down, labelling the scandal "a private matter". Politics, he said, was not about individuals. But by yesterday, talks were already reportedly going ahead in the state capital Albany to ensure a smooth transition to Paterson.
Under pressure Spitzer, 48, had from the beginning been under pressure to step down, first from the Republican Governors Association and later from Republicans in the New York state assembly. Spitzer was allegedly caught on a federal wiretap last month arranging to meet a prostitute at a hotel in Washington, where he was due to address the US Congress the following day. He was believed to have used an exclusive ring known as the "Emperor's Club VIP," which was broken up by New York authorities last week.
According to reports, Spitzer was the "Client 9" named in a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors last week. The complaint suggested Client 9 had used the prostitution ring's services before and detailed how he arranged to have a prostitute named Kristen brought from New York to Washington.
Spitzer, a former New York state attorney-general, became governor in January last year. Once named Time magazine's Crusader of the Year, he used his inauguration address to pledge to bring ethical government to New York.