For a couple of guys who promised to “clean up Albany,” both ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer and Albany County DA David Soares fell far short of the mark. The 8500+ pages of interviews, emails, and other documents from Soares’ “investigation” of the Trooper-gate scandal show exactly how Soares and his office bent over backwards to assist and white wash what Spitzer and his top aides did. How this is supposed to be “better” than what previously went on in Albany is lost on me.
Spitzer is likely to be facing charges from this, not from the DA, who may also face ethics charges, but from the Public Integrity Commission, which has already charged several former Spitzer aides in the scandal. The Commission has already taken copies of those documents to review for further charges. The real intersting bits are from former SP Superintendent Preston Felton (who apparently was pissed off about the leak), and the internal emails about making statements “perjury proof,” and that there was a concerted effort to damage Bruno through potentially illegal means.
Of course, according to Eliot Spitzer, laws are for little people, those with out power. He certainly acted that way. Laws applied to others, not him. If one bothers to look, one can see that this was a clear trend, and attitude, dating back to his assistant DA days in NYC. He thought he was immune to any sort of legal action. He was the “Sheriff of Wall Street” after all.
Soares is just a chump. He tried to distract attention away from local issues, from the Spitzer scandal to local crime issues, through his Steroid investigation, which garnered him a lot of national, and even international attention. He wants the limelight, to be a news figure, but not actually do the job he was elected to do. He needed the support of the ex-Governor to maintain his position, thorugh political and fund raising contacts, so he bent over for Spitzer to help try and diffuse and white wash the Trooper-gate scandal.
Spitzer’s inaugural address had the line “On day one, everything changes.” He was right, just not in the way he intended. His fiefdom was destroyed in a little over four days. His opponents sailed off into the sunset, holding thier heads up high. He’s still slinking off, avoiding everyone.