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New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer apologized to his family and the public monday, but did not elaborate on the reported links to a prostitution ring.

By Chris Cillizza
Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.) acknowledged in a very brief statement, Monday, that he had violated the obligations he had to his family and the public, though he offered no specific comments about a report that he was involved in a prostitution ring.

"I am disappointed that I failed to live up to the standard I set for myself," Spitzer said. "I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family."

Even though Spitzer did not address the idea of resigning, talk of him vacating the post ran rampant.

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  • The New York Times: "Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation. An affidavit in the federal investigation into a prostitution ring said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9."

  • The unsealed legal complaint: PDF pages 34-39 describe the charges involving Client 9.

  • Local New York television station WCBSTV: "Gov. Eliot Spitzer was not expected to continue as governor and may resign by Monday evening, sources told CBS 2, after it was reported that he was linked to a prostitution ring."

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