Good Riddance Spitzer
posted by Lawrence Cunningham
The virulent narcissist Eliot Spitzer should now slink quietly back into political obscurity. Having been decisively defeated in yesterday’s Democratic primary race for comptroller of New York City, Americans can breathe a sigh of relief that New Yorkers had the sense to repel the preening scion.
The hypocrite, who made his name by falsely accusing others of wrongdoing that turned out to be the kind of misbehavior he had engaged in, threatened to use the same bullying tactics running New York City’s finances. This would have meant flexing muscles to attack corporate America indiscriminately in the interest of Spitzer’s self-promotion.
The sideshows he promised involved waging battles against corporations in which NYC invests to effect corporate governance makeovers on terms Spitzer would approve. Such distractions would not only have ruined reputations of corporate managers, but would have impaired corporate productivity, cost American economic output and diminished employment prospects and retirement funds of people across the country.
A majority of NYC Democratic voters saw through Spitzer’s arrogant duplicity. He is the man, after all, who proclaimed to the utmost integrity yet humiliated his wife by elaborate infidelity, scarred his three daughters for life by screwing (literally) girls their age for years and furtively broke federal banking laws repeatedly while publicly punishing others for similar transgressions.
One hopes that Spitzer, myopic and thick-headed, will finally take the hint that people do not think liars and cheats like him should be in public office. Good riddance.