NY GOP Threatens Impeachment

Opponents put governor's feet to the fire
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2008 11:18 AM CDT
Televisions lights and cameras are positioned in front of the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized on Monday after he was accused of involvement in a prostitution...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – If Eliot Spitzer doesn’t resign, state Republicans will impeach him. Assemblyman James Tedisco says he’s asked the governor to step down within 48 hours, CBS 2 in New York reports, adding, “I think that’s plenty of time.” Spitzer is currently holed up with his advisors discussing his options, but aides tell the Albany Times-Union they expect a resignation.

Lt. Gov. David Paterson is already preparing to take over, aides say. Paterson, who would be New York’s first black governor, is popular with both parties. But some experts say Spitzer should think long and hard before resigning. “This is one of the most intelligent, brightest elected officials in the region,” said one consultant. “You don’t change governors of New York lightly.”