New Yorkers Owe Debt of Gratitude to Spitzer Hooker
Fastest way to chase a bad politician out of office
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 11:27 AM CDT
New York Gov. David Paterson prepares to address New Yorkers on television from the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, July 29, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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(Newser) – Call-girl Ashley Dupre has done the state of New York a huge favor, Michael Daly writes in the New York Daily News. If the sex scandal hadn't brought down "self-righteous, mean-spirited and divisive rich kid" Eliot Spitzer, New York wouldn't have the "warm-hearted and manifestly decent" governor it has today in David Paterson, Daly writes.

Paterson has called for the whole state to pull together to deal with the current economic crisis, Daly notes, showing a spirit of cooperation far removed from Spitzer's steamroller approach and a measure of modesty that makes him seem like a genuinely good man.  "Now, Ashley, if you are not too busy," Daly writes, "I have a few other self-righteous politicians for you."