Good news for Republicans: It's not only their guys who are hypocrites, as well as venal.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation.
An affidavit in the federal investigation into a prostitution ring said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.
Mr. Spitzer today made a brief public appearance during which he apologized for his behavior, and described it as a “private matter.” (NYT)
Yeah, he wishes. Sadly for him, the you'd-think-by-now-obsolete Mann Act makes it a federal crime to transport a woman across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.(NYT) I guess women still aren't seen as having any volition in the matter. "The four defendants charged in the case unsealed last week were all charged with that crime, along with several others."(NYT)
Like certain Republicans I could mention but won't, Mr. Spitzer can be charged with the---to my mind---far more serious moral transgression of hypocrisy.