Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Spitzer Shocker

Eliot Spitzer, the governor of the State of New York, has been linked to a prostitution ring as a client.  I don't know why, but I am quite shocked about this.  As the state attorney general (and before that, a district attorney), Spitzer built a reputation of going after crooked politicians, businesspeople, and other assorted white-collar criminals.  I have always admired his work, which seemed to be built upon a strong moral conviction that it's wrong to ignore the law and/or profit illegally.  It's now apparent in today's news that Spitzer had developed a fairly sophisticated way of using this prostitution service, complete with code names ("Client 9") and booking hotel rooms using one of his friend's names (unbeknownst to the friend).   As a social psychologist I am usually quick to come up with situational explanations for a person's behaviour.  This time I think I will have to resort to some personal causes in understanding what happened.  And, after the shock wears off, I suppose I will just end up even more jaded about politicians and others in power.  How disappointing.


Darron said...

It is called being human.

Audra said...

No, It's called being horny.

The Prof said...

Well, it looks like the new governor of New York (replacing Spitzer) has been a hornier human: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/19/nyregion/19paterson.html?ex=1363665600&en=4a971044f6e12c58&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink