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March 22, 2008
THE disgraced departure of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer should make you wonder about the potential accomplishments ahead of him to benefit not only New Yorkers but maybe the entire nation. He was empowered to better the lives of New York's citizens and was positioned, as governor of the third largest state, to seek the presidency somewhere down the line. It is galling that anyone with Spitzer's opportunities and talents would squander potential achievements and family stability by seeming to violate the law and betray his wife and three daughters.
NEWS
March 12, 2008
Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? Consider the downfall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, named in a federal complaint as a client of an international prostitution ring. For it must be hubris that would make the governor of a state think that he could buy sexual favors from strangers with so little regard for the consequences. Sure, other politicians before Spitzer have allowed their sex drive to do their thinking. That doesn't make Spitzer's behavior any more excusable.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2009 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
TATTLE WOULD be hard-pressed to come up with any politician who could give a talk on ethics, but Eliot Spitzer, the call-girl-favoring ex-New York attorney general and governor? That's a joke, right? Harvard thinks not - Spitzer has been invited by the university to speak today. On ethics. Former Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis finds this amusing, so amusing she sent a letter to professor Lawrence Lessig, of Harvard's Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. "This sounds fascinating and I would love to attend," Davis wrote of Spitzer's speech, "but the restrictions of my probation won't allow me to travel outside New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU'RE AN average Joe and you're caught soliciting a prostitute, you may get arrested, the prostitute may get arrested, the pimp (or madam) may get arrested and, depending on the circumstances and the local laws, all of you may end up in jail. If, however, you're the law-and-order governor of New York and you're caught paying thousands of dollars to a prostitute, you get a prime-time talk show on CNN. If Lady Justice is blind it could be because some well-connected politician has tied her wrists to the bedpost and put a bag over her head.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'I did what I did. And shame on me. " That's Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York, fessing up to Alex Gibney in the closing minutes of the filmmaker's riveting Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer . Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side , suggests that Spitzer's downfall might have been facilitated by enemies he'd made busting chops on Wall Street and in Albany. Forced to resign from his governorship when it was revealed that he had been frequenting an escort service, Spitzer says the right thing: He did it, and shame.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By HOWARD GENSLER, gensleh@phillynews.com 215-854-5678
Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has a wide range of interests - his next two films are on cyclist Lance Armstrong and Ken Kesey's 1964 bus trip - but what really gets him going is greed and/in politics. He directed and produced "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He won the Best Documentary Oscar for "Taxi to the Darkside," about U.S torture practices, and has also made films on jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff ("Casino Jack and the United States of Money")
BUSINESS
April 21, 2005 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An organization representing corporate insurance buyers stopped short this week of condemning the fees that have roiled the insurance industry. The reticence of the Risk and Insurance Management Society underscores the industry's cautious response to Eliot Spitzer's charges of corruption. The New York attorney general alleged in October that Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc., the world's largest insurance broker, steered business to insurances companies based on these so-called contingent fees, and that it solicited fake bids from other insurers to make the process appear competitive.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2004 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey insurance regulators ordered top brokerages to provide documents and information about their commission deals with insurers, payments at the heart of Eliot Spitzer's investigation of the insurance industry. The order, issued yesterday, gives brokers 30 days to produce "copies of each contract, or other evidence of a compensation or fee arrangement" with insurance companies, as well as other information. The order was sent to the 30 largest brokerages operating in New Jersey, including national leaders Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc., Willis Group Holdings Ltd., and Aon Corp.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2004 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Commercial insurer Ace Ltd. stood up to Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Now it must weather Hurricane Eliot. The Bermuda company, with U.S. operations based in Philadelphia, reported a modest loss of $3 million, or 5 cents a share, for its storm-plagued third quarter. But its latest challenge is New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's investigation of the insurance industry. Insurance experts say Ace's growth will slow as premiums are squeezed in the wake of the probe and soliciting new customers becomes riskier as a result.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
A caption Tuesday with a story on Eliot Spitzer misidentified the post that he held in New York state. He is a former governor.
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December 21, 2015
"NO ONE SAYS news has to be boring," says Fox News correspondent and producer Jesse Watters, who'll be out to demonstrate that tonight at 8 p.m. on "Watters World," the second in a series of monthly specials he's doing during the 2016 election cycle. An expansion of the segment Watters has long done for "The O'Reilly Factor," the series is likely to include some of his trademark interviews with unsuspecting - and frequently uninformed - pedestrians. Watters, who grew up in Philadelphia, spoke with Ellen Gray about his not-so-conservative roots, his love of history and what people on the street most often ask him. What can you tell me about your time in Philly?
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I wish I lived in New York, so I could vote for Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. I want them around for a long, long time. Very long. Not that size matters. Theirs, anyway. I don't care what they're running for, just so they win. I want them in the TV news all the time. I need something good to watch, now that the royal baby is all grown up. In fact, I think that we need more wieners in Washington. I bet the country would run a lot better if our politicians spent less time in Congress and more time in the bathroom taking pictures of themselves in their underwear.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
THERE IS an unofficial rule in journalism that three makes a trend, which means that Mark Sanford (disgraced former governor, now a South Carolina congressman), Anthony Weiner (disgraced former congressman, now running for New York City mayor) and now Eliot Spitzer (disgraced former governor, now running for New York City comptroller) have made 2013 the year of the quick-return-to-politics-after-a-sex-scandal-that-was-supposed-to-end-your-career. Whether this phenomenon is new or not, we find it worrisome and a little sad. It's not that we think that sex scandals should disqualify a person from holding public office.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
NEW YORK - First, Anthony Weiner vaulted back from an embarrassing sexting scandal to become a top mayoral contender. Now, Eliot Spitzer has sprinted onto the comeback campaign trail in New York City, where this fall's races are turning into a mini-Olympics of political redemption. Weiner, just two years after a tweeted underwear photo spelled the end of his congressional career, jumped into the race for the nation's biggest mayoral job less than two months before the deadline to get on the ballot.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
A caption Tuesday with a story on Eliot Spitzer misidentified the post that he held in New York state. He is a former governor.
NEWS
December 30, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the two weeks since a billboard showcasing presidential candidate Newt Gingrich went up on Route 1 in Bucks County, the one-time Republican front-runner has collapsed at the polls. Could the backing of a "cheaters" website that encourages extramarital affairs be the reason why? Well, no. Gingrich didn't need any help with that. But even as he and other candidates vie for GOP voters' affections in Iowa, the billboard - which reads "Faithful Republican, Unfaithful Husband.
NEWS
March 19, 2011
A FEW MONTHS back, when the threat of an NFL lockout was just a remote possibility, you only saw stories about the football labor troubles on the sports channels. Oh, sure, there was the occasional blurb on the Internet, or an offhand blog comment, but for the most part, nobody cared. Then something tragic happened. Football season ended and the players all showered. Then they removed their helmets, dressed in suits and told the world what their fight was really about. In case you haven't heard, it's about $9 billion.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By HOWARD GENSLER, gensleh@phillynews.com 215-854-5678
Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has a wide range of interests - his next two films are on cyclist Lance Armstrong and Ken Kesey's 1964 bus trip - but what really gets him going is greed and/in politics. He directed and produced "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He won the Best Documentary Oscar for "Taxi to the Darkside," about U.S torture practices, and has also made films on jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff ("Casino Jack and the United States of Money")
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'I did what I did. And shame on me. " That's Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York, fessing up to Alex Gibney in the closing minutes of the filmmaker's riveting Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer . Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side , suggests that Spitzer's downfall might have been facilitated by enemies he'd made busting chops on Wall Street and in Albany. Forced to resign from his governorship when it was revealed that he had been frequenting an escort service, Spitzer says the right thing: He did it, and shame.
NEWS
October 10, 2010 | By Michael Smerconish
Last week, disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer - known as Client 9 to the high-end prostitution ring he used to frequent - launched a prime-time cable news show on CNN. This, as a new movie titled Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer presents a compelling argument that while his problems were of his own creation, his downfall was hastened by political and Wall Street opponents who conspired to take him down. In Louisiana, U.S. Sen. David Vitter - whose phone number was found in the records of the same ring that serviced Spitzer - leads his Democratic opponent by double digits in most polls.
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