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Did Spitzer's New York Snobbery Doom Him?

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's alleged "business" with a high-priced prostitution ring just goes to show how little New Yorkers respect Washington.

Spitzer, a.k.a., Client 9, reportedly arranged to have a prostitute from the exclusive call-girl service Emperors Club VIP travel from New York to Washington to meet him in a D.C. hotel room -- on the night before Valentine's Day, no less.

And if you ask us, this is just another glaring example of how nothing in Washington is ever good enough for high-brow New Yorkers!

It's not like the so-called D.C. Madam's old service, Pamela Martin & Associates, which Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) used, is the only call-girl service in town. (Just look in the yellow pages under Escort, for crying out loud.)

The New York snobbery certainly backfired in Spitzer's case. The governor apparently violated the Mann Act, which, ironically, given its name, makes it a federal crime to transport individuals across state lines to pay them for sex.

According to an affidavit in the federal prostitution case, Spitzer agreed to pay $4,100, including transportation fees, to transport "Kristen" from New York's Penn Station to Washington Union Station and, ultimately to Room 871 of the Mayflower. (The affidavit doesn't identify which hotel, though Spitzer reportedly stayed at the Mayflower on Feb. 13. According to the New York Times, room 871 at the Mayflower was registered that night under the name "George Fox," a pseudonym used by Spitzer.)

According to a cached site of the Emperors Club VIP, available at the Smoking Gun, the escort service requires "at least 48 hours notice and a minimum 55% deposit." Each "model" -- a.k.a. hooker -- is graded by the number of diamonds she has on her page. For example, a three-diamond "model" costs $1,000 per hour, whereas a seven-diamond prostitute costs $3,100 an hour.

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), in reaction to the news, said the Mann Act "carries a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment for knowingly persuading or inducing any individual to cross state lines for the purposes of prostitution."

According to the New York Times, the four defendants in the prostitution ring case were all charged with violating the Mann Act.

One of the defendants, Tameka Rachelle Lewis, a booking agent, has a frank conversation with call girl Kristen about Governor Spitzer's alleged likes and dislikes, according to the affidavit. Lewis said that from what she hears Gov. Client 9 "would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe - you know - what I mean."

Kristen, according to the affidavit, was unfazed by such kinkiness. She told Lewis, " I have a way of dealing with that...I'd be like, listen dude, you really want the sex?"

Interestingly, according to the affidavit, Client 9 asked Lewis to "remind him what 'Kristen' looked like." Lewis described Kristen as "American, petite, very pretty brunette, 5 feet 5 inches and 105 pounds."

Meanwhile, a wise guy in New York by the name of Nick Galbreath -- who claims no political affiliation -- already beat everyone else to the punch, registering the domain name Client 9 at So far the site is very basic, asking the question, "Who is Client 9?" and linking to the New York Times story.

Galbreath laughed when asked if he had big plans for the site. He said he created it while chatting online with a friend. "We thought it was sort of funny so I sort of grabbed it (the domain)," he said.

He says he's not a GOP operative but if the Republicans would like to purchase the domain, "they can make me an offer."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 10, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
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