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Former governor Eliot Spitzer had a promising career until his frequent use of prostitutes was discovered, forcing him to resign.
In late 2007, suspicious banking transactions led to an investigation of Eliot Spitzer's administration. A wire tap eventually caught Spitzer agreeing to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end prostitute.
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Born June 10, 1959, Eliot Spitzer attended Harvard Law School and worked his way up in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. He was elected New York Attorney General in 1998. Known for his strict ethics and persistence, Spitzer was elected governor in 2006. But in 2008 the press revealed that Spitzer made frequent use of an escort service. The scandal forced him to resign from office.
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"Delay is the enemy of progress."
Politician, attorney and former Governor of New York Eliot Laurence Spitzer was born June 10, 1959, in the affluent Riverdale section of the Bronx borough of New York City. His father, Bernard, was a self-made wealthy developer of apartment buildings while his mother, Anne, was an English literature professor.
After graduating from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs in 1981, Eliot Spitzer enrolled at Harvard Law School. There, Spitzer worked for famed law professor Alan Dershowitz and served as Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Spitzer clerked for U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet. He also worked for the law firms Paul, Weiss, Rifkind; Wharton & Garrison; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Spitzer found his niche in 1986 when he joined the Manhattan District Attorney's office, where he spent six years doggedly pursuing organized crime figures.
In 1994, Spitzer ran as a Democrat for the state attorney general post. He lost, but came back in 1998 and defeated incumbent Republican Dennis Vacco. Spitzer was re-elected in 2002. As attorney general, Spitzer made a name for himself as a crusading prosecutor. Not only did he lock horns with the Gambino Mafia crime family, he also became known as the "Sheriff of Wall Street."
In May 2002, Spitzer won a spectacular victory when he uncovered emails revealing that Merrill Lynch was riddled with financial conflicts of interest that affected its advice to customers. Merrill Lynch settled out of court for $100 million.
Spitzer, who made cleaning up the ethics of state government a priority, was elected governor of New York in 2006, winning 69 percent of the vote. His hard-charging ways quickly put him at odds with the powerful Republican leader of the state Senate. Two aides were disciplined for using the state police to track the movements of Spitzer's chief political rival, Joe Bruno. Spitzer was also forced to withdraw a plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
Spitzer's political career took a scandalous turn on March 10, 2008, when The New York Times reported that a wire tap had caught Spitzer arranging to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end prostitute at a fancy Washington hotel on February 13. Spitzer's call was believed to have been made to an exclusive prostitution service known as the "Emperor's Club VIP," which was dissolved on March 7 by New York authorities. According to prosecutors, the ring operated in cities across the United States and in London and Paris, and employed more than 50 prostitutes.
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