By Roger Stone A Spitzer comeback?

Spitzer: Abuse of Power
Nearly to the day one year ago, New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins tripped electoral alarm bells in her column and warned us, somewhat histrionically, of politicians who are not as they appear. The event that so disillusioned Collins with the political system, which ?completely undermined? her voter confidence, was the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. ?No more electing prosecutors to high office, people. Too high strung,? she lamented. ?What if it turns out he?s paying for $1,000-an-hour call girls with wire transfers ? you know, like the ones he used as evidence when he was attorney general?? Indeed, Gail! What if??? Well as it turns out, Collins would now prefer the humor-less Spitzer to be our savior despite his record of temper tantrums, lying, perjury and abuse of power as both Governor and Attorney General. ?Eliot Spitzer ? he was the only one who got it, really got it, about A.I.G. before the big collapse. Great New York Attorney General,? she recently declared. ?The Governor is terrible, the Legislature is terrible and ?we need Eliot Spitzer!? But Gail, you warned us, remember? Eliot Spitzer is not as he appears, Gail. The scrubbed and starched crusader is a fraud. At the time, the prostitution dalliance actually saved Eliot, the faux sheriff of Wall Street, from even greater public scrutiny during his short gubernatorial tenure, which he escaped and still deserves. Governor Eliot was spying on his political enemy Majority Leader Joe Bruno and he used the New York State Police to do it. Then he stonewalled the subsequent investigation, Nixon-style. The Albany County District Attorney David Soares, under whose jurisdiction the state surveillance investigation fell, conducted a sham inquiry into ?Troopergate? as a political present to the ?Steamroller,? the governor?s executive nom de guerre. Spitzer aides also refused to cooperate with the State Ethics Board investigation. They would not testify and withheld e-mail and state records from the Board, all in an effort to protect the governor?s claims of total ignorance of any surveillance plot ?a near ludicrous claim given Spitzer?s well known control freak temperament. Spitzer appointees to the Ethics Board even tried to whitewash Spitzer?s involvement. It was a cover-up John Dean and Gordon Liddy would have proud of. And it was in the midst of this criminal scenario that the FBI discovered his other criminal activity: solicitation of prostitution. Spitzer?s cover-up collapsed. E-Mails released after Spitzer left office reveal the he himself Okayed the dirty tricks operation to use the State Police to conduct espionage on his political opponents. A Spitzer aide designated as the ?fall guy? ultimately testified that Spitzer directed Aides to ?Put a hot poker up Bruno?s ass? by leaking manufactured state documents to smear his political rival. Is Gail Collins so obtuse as to forget this? But indeed, he?s back. Eliot Spitzer was interviewed on CNN last week. Client # 9, as Federal prosecutors dubbed him, was holding forth on A.I.G. and the bail-out bonuses. A.I.G.? He caused their collapse! It?s also ironic that the Washington Post Company, which so hated Nixon for his duplicity, is leading the way for the Spitzer revival with Newsweek and the Washington Post chiming in. Double standard? Spitzer is trying to crawl out from under his rock with columns at SLATE magazine commenting on the A.I.G. bailout and selected media interviews as if innocent of being the guy who brought A.I.G. down. Some liberal literati like Collins types think Spitzer should be brought back to regulate Wall Street, forgetting the favoritism, politicalization and poor win-loss record in the courts that marked Spitzer?s time as Attorney General, not to mention his inability to tell the truth. Spitzer showed no mercy to those whose companies he destroyed, often unfairly through leaks and press releases. Why should he be shown mercy now? Spitzer is an unbalanced megalomaniac and would-be dictator who regrets only that he got caught with a whore. He lied under oath about his father?s illegal financing of his campaigns and lied about paying off loans from his father. He lied about his abuse of power. He used his office to cover up his crimes. Eliot Spitzer?s election to the Attorney General?s office was achieved by violating state election law through multi-million dollar loans from his father. Spitzer lied about these loans under oath in a lawsuit but later admitted the financial shenanigans.

Tipped about Madoff,
Spitzer did nothing
Collins said Spitzer ?got it? about A.I.G. which is ironic because the criminal charges he leveled at its longtime CEO Hank Greenberg during his tenure as Attorney General were all dismissed. And after A.I.G.?s board removed Greenberg, the company lurched toward collapse. The credit default swaps that brought the company crashing down were done after Greenberg?s departure and would have never been done under Greenberg?s risk management rules. So no Gail, Spitzer did not get A.I.G. as Attorney General. As Attorney General, he ran yet another criminal enterprise with which he punished his enemies, rewarded his friends and extorted companies. During his reign, Bernard Madoff, with whom the Spitzers had investments got away with the biggest Ponzi scheme in history despite tips to the AG that something was amiss. And as Governor, he laundered his call girl payments to escape Federal detection and transported hookers across state lines. Yet his persona as an upright citizen persists, thanks to hypocrites like Gail Collins who now call for his promotion to the Presidential Cabinet when just one year ago she opined, ?You pull the lever for your feisty clean-up-the-government candidate with years and years of experience putting bad guys in jail, and it turns out he?s into high-risked, high-priced hookups.? Don?t say we didn?t warn you, Gail. For more on Spitzer?s abuse of power when he was AG sees this excellent monograph by former Philadelphia U.S. Attorney David W. Marston that was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.