Talk about chutzpah. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a former prosecutor who prosecuted prostitution rings, was a client of a prostitution ring.
Spitzer, a self-styled Eliot Ness, used to get off on prosecuting white-collar criminals. But as "Client 9," he allegedly got his kicks arranging the transport of prostitutes across state lines in violation of the White-Slave Traffic Act.
In his public apology, Spitzer said:
Today I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my, or any, sense of right and wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public whom I promised better.
I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals, it is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the state of New York.