Spitzer out the door


The scandal-plagued administration of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is coming to an end. The former state attorney general, who badgered record labels and radio groups into multi-million dollar settlements on bogus payola charges, announced that he will resign, effective Monday, after being exposed for his involvement in a prostitution ring.

Lieutenant Governor David Paterson will move up Monday, becoming New York’s first black governor and the first legally-blind governor in US history. He’s also a big sports fan and occasional caller to sports talk shows on WFAN-AM New York.

RBR/TVBR observation: The unfortunate thing is that the trumped-up charges and extortion-like settlements that Spitzer was responsible for while Attorney General of New York still stand, despite their lack of any real legal basis. The radio and record industries were not alone in being victims of Spitzer’s abuse of his office and the law to advance his own political career. He left many victims in his wake, who are now celebrating his ignominious political demise.