Spitzer Resigns, Effective Monday

'The remorse I feel will always be with me,' New York governor says

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 12, 2008 10:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Eliot Spitzer, with his wife again at his side, announced his resignation in a short press conference this morning. The New York governor apologized for his "private" misconduct, again without making direct reference to the prostitution scandal that has ended his political career. "I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me,"  he said. “I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.”

The resignation will take effect Monday, Spitzer said, at the request of Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who will take over as governor. Spitzer said he would, at some point, resume efforts to “serve the public good,” but outside of politics. "Our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall," he added. Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno will become lieutenant governor. Spitzer's lawyers were in talks today with the US attorney's office in New York to work out a plea deal to avoid prosecution, sources tell CNN.

In this video frame grab image taken from AP Television News, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, with his wife Silda standing by, announces he is resigning following intense pressure to step down because of a prostitution scandal, Wednesday March 12, 2008 in New York. Spitzer says his resignation is effective...
In this video frame grab image taken from AP Television News, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, with his wife Silda standing by, announces he is resigning following intense pressure to step down because of...   (Associated Press)
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, left, and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno appear at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. Spitzer announced Wednesday, March 12, 2008, that he would resign March 17, completing a stunning fall from power after he was nationally disgraced by links...
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, left, and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno appear at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. Spitzer announced Wednesday, March 12, 2008, that he would...   (Associated Press)
Members of the media wait outside Gov. Eliot Spitzer's Fifth Ave. residence in New York on Tuesday, March  11, 2008.  With pressure mounting on Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign over a call-girl scandal, investigators said Tuesday he was clearly a repeat customer who spent tens of thousands of dollars, perhaps...
Members of the media wait outside Gov. Eliot Spitzer's Fifth Ave. residence in New York on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. With pressure mounting on Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign over a call-girl scandal, investigators...   (Associated Press)
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 ring. He did not elaborate on the scandal, which drew calls for his resignation. (AP...
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)
New York State Lt. Gov. David Paterson takes his oath of office, in this Jan. 1, 2007 file photo, at the New York State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., as his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, right, watches. Attention turned to Paterson immediately after word surfaced, Monday, March 10, 2008, that...
New York State Lt. Gov. David Paterson takes his oath of office, in this Jan. 1, 2007 file photo, at the New York State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., as his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, right, watches. Attention...   (Associated Press)
New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda looks on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in his offices in New York City. Lt. Governor David Paterson will succeed him effective Monday, March 17. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda looks on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in his offices in New York City. Lt. Governor David Paterson will succeed him effective Monday,...   (Associated Press)
New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announces his resignation Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in his offices in New York City. Lt. Governor David Paterson will succeed him in office effective Monday, March 17. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announces his resignation Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in his offices in New York City. Lt. Governor David Paterson will succeed him in office effective Monday, March 17. (AP...   (Associated Press)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer leaves his Manhattan residence on his way to a news conference at his office Wednesday, March  12, 2008, in New York. Spitzer resigned in disgrace Wednesday after getting caught in a call-girl scandal that shattered his corruption-fighting, straight-arrow image.  (AP Photo/David Karp)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer leaves his Manhattan residence on his way to a news conference at his office Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in New York. Spitzer resigned in disgrace Wednesday after getting caught in...   (Associated Press)
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, and his wife Silda, leave their apartment building on New York's Fifth Ave., Wednesday morning, March 12, 2008. Spitzer announced Wednesday, March 12, 2008, that he would resign March 17, completing a stunning fall from power after he was nationally disgraced by links to a...
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, and his wife Silda, leave their apartment building on New York's Fifth Ave., Wednesday morning, March 12, 2008. Spitzer announced Wednesday, March 12, 2008, that he would...   (Associated Press)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda, leave their Manhattan residence on their way to a news conference at his office Wednesday, March  12, 2008, in New York. Spitzer, following intense pressure to step down because of a prostitution scandal, announced he is resigning, effective Monday, March 17.  (AP Photo/David...
Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda, leave their Manhattan residence on their way to a news conference at his office Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in New York. Spitzer, following intense pressure to...   (Associated Press)
Silda Spitzer and her husband New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, just left of Silda, leave their Fifth Avenue apartment, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 in New York. Gov. Spitzer announced that he would resign effective March 17, completing a stunning fall from power after he was nationally disgraced by links to...
Silda Spitzer and her husband New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, just left of Silda, leave their Fifth Avenue apartment, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 in New York. Gov. Spitzer announced that he would resign effective...   (Associated Press)
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