New York’s Goobernatorial Follies

Most states are content to flame-broil one governor at a time (see: Rod Blagojevich, the Prairie State and James McGreevey, the Garden State).

Not the Empire State. New York has two on the barbie: Current Gov. David Paterson (D-Yankee Stadium) and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-Client No. 9).

Thursday’s New York Times has a front-page story about Paterson’s lying under oath about receiving free tickets for Game 1 of the 2009 World’s Serious at Yankee Stadium, along with a report about a tell-all book detailing Spitzer’s gubernatorial flameout.


The book’s emotional capstone is the agonizing final days of the Spitzer governorship. There is a disconsolate Mr. Spitzer weeping into the phone the night of March 9, after telling Mr. Constantine that he was about to be exposed. There are Mr. Constantine’s unfounded fears that suicidal tendencies might overtake the governor. And there were the desperate 11th-hour discussions about how Mr. Spitzer could hang on, including Mr. Constantine’s pitch that Mr. Spitzer should take a month off and go to a sexual rehabilitation clinic in Arizona.

That, he writes, would “have given New York State a good chance to visit with the Ghost of Christmas Future; they would have gotten a preview of Gov. David Paterson.”

Who can be found at, yes, Yankee Stadium.

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