July 24th, 2007
The local newspapers have plenty to say about the news that Governor Eliot Spitzer’s aides improperly used State Police to gather information on the governor’s rival, State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.
The New York Times writes: “If Mr. Spitzer does not make sure he has cleaned up his own house, his ability to clean up the rest of Albany could be severely compromised.”
The Daily News writes: “Only in Albany, where deviancy has been defined virtually down and out of existence, can an amateurish, ill-conceived, ham-handed attempt to reveal a high public official’s abuse of the taxpayers wind up being counted as far more serious than the abuse itself.”
The New York Post wants a deeper probe into the incident, asking: “‘What did he know, and when did he know it?’ That question haunted Richard Nixon during Watergate, and now it’s an apt query concerning Eliot Spitzer and Troopergate.”
And the New York Sun uses its editorial page to praise State Attorney Andrew Cuomo for his handling of the incident. “After eight years of an attorney general who saw successful businessmen, rather than Albany politicians, as his targets, how refreshing it is to have an attorney general in the state who doesn’t shy from turning his attention to his fellow officeholders,” the Sun writes.By Mark Berkey-Gerard on July 24, 2007, 6:45 am
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