New York governor snared in scandal


New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was implicated in a prostitution scandal.

Spitzer, a Jewish lawyer whose office investigated two Jewish organizations when he was state attorney general, made a brief statement to the media Monday admitting he had let down his family and his public. He did not offer any details.

The statement came as The New York Times quoted a source saying Spitzer had been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet last month with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel.

Spitzer built his career as an anti-crime, anti-corruption crusader.

During his eight-year stint as state attorney general, Spitzer’s office investigated the National Council of Young Israel and the World Jewish Congress. In each case, Spitzer’s office found what it deemed examples of misused funds and reached an agreement limiting the future involvement of a longtime leader of the organization in question.

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