Mike Rogers

How Eliot Spitzer screwed the gays

Filed By Mike Rogers | March 11, 2008 9:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: boneheaded mistakes, Democrats, Eliot Spitzer, gay rights, hypocritical motherfuckers, marriage equality, New York politics, prostitution ring

When I worked at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in the mid-90's I used to say that the last generation busted open the closet and that this generation's challenge is to secure marriage rights in at least one state. If we could just accomplish that, we'd have done well.

es-700700.jpgTwelve years ago, I never would have guessed it would happen as soon as it did. With Massachusetts out of the way, liberal state legislators have been discussing and debating marriage equality, and after a former male prostitute (for men) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) -- vetoed marriage equality in CA, eyes in the movement turned east, looking at possible legislative victories.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states have seen the issue come up -- and not in that "let's ban it" way. Each state has its hurdles, with New York's being the GOP-controlled State Senate. With that control held by just one seat, many in NY think this November will put the Senate within reach. And now a hypocrite has put that in jeopardy.

When Spitzer leaves (and I hope he does) his stupidity will require a second Senate victory to secure control of the body. From CityHallNews.com:

If and when Paterson becomes governor, the New York State Constitution does not provide for a new lieutenant governor to be named. The post would remain vacant until the end of the term in 2010.

This would also prevent Paterson from being the tie-breaker in the Senate. Senate Democrats, who have long been expecting to take the majority in the Senate this year, would have to capture two seats to make this happen. Since Darrel Aubertine's Feb. 26 special election win, with Paterson as the tie-breaker, Democrats had been counting on just needing one seat--and perhaps taking control before November by flipping a GOP senator to their conference [emphasis added].

Thanks, Eliot.

It's pretty simple to me: He's a hypocrite who has no place in government -- especially as governor of the nation's second largest state. I don't know the legal status of this mess, but I can say without question that Eliot Spitzer is guilty of stupidity beyond a reasonable doubt.

To minimize the damage to Democrats, Spitzer should resign...now. How can one attack Vitter, Craig, Foley and the rest of the other side's hypocrites, and give this guy a pass? It doesn't make sense to me. Was he set up? I don't know, but it sure seems like he wasn't forced to do what he did.

If I ever feel sorry for guys like this, I think of how they drag their wives on TV for the press conference about the sex (see Vitter, David; Craig, Larry). It is just another example of using a woman as a prop, kind of like a prostitute in a way.

Sure it's a shame when it's a pro-gay Democrat steps into a mess like this, but the bottom line in this case, as usual, is not about sex...it's about hypocrisy.

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If I ever feel sorry for guys like this, I think of how they drag their wives on TV for the press conference about the sex (see Vitter, David; Craig, Larry). It is just another example of using a woman as a prop, kind of like a prostitute in a way.

Maybe his wife got off on knowing that he was having sex with other women, and he'd come home and tell her about it while they had really hot sex together? It's certainly possible.

Spitzer isn't in trouble for prostitution as much as he is for money laundering.

It's a minor point, but a big one...especially to him.

According to todays NY Times:

"If Mr. Spitzer were to resign, Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson would serve out the remainder of his term. Mr. Paterson, who is legally blind, would become the first black governor of New York. State Senator Joseph L. Bruno, the state’s top Republican, would assume the duties of the lieutenant governor."

I wonder if Spitzer's foolishness will affect the chances of Democrats running for state senate. Maybe there is enough time for Patterson to spin the scandal around and for candidates to distance themselves from Spitzer.

It's good this happened in March instead of October.

This isn't the worst challenge the marriage equality movement has faced and it sure won't be the last.

As I understand it, the biggest federal law he broke was transporting the prostitute across state lines. I guess people will look away if you make whoopie in your own state, but take a hooker to another state and that somehow is a no-no. In this case, I'm hoping it's an important no-no. I'm sorry to see the LGBT people in New York are being screwed along with the hooker.

This is a fascinating take on the situation, Mike. I've referred to this post several times today in conversations about Spitzer.