US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton sidestepped questions on Monday about the sex scandal engulfing Eliot Spitzer, her home state governor and political ally.
“I don’t have any comment on that. Obviously I am sending my best wishes and thoughts to the governor and to his family,” Clinton said, opening her first campaign swing through Pennsylvania, which holds its presidential primary on April 22.
Spitzer apologized on Monday after he was accused of paying for sex with a call girl. Authorities say he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging a tryst with the woman at a Washington hotel room.
It was a blow to Clinton, who recently intensified her criticism of rival Barack Obama’s relationship with Antoin Rezko, a political patron on trial in federal court in Obama’s hometown of Chicago for alleged fraud and corruption.
While not personally close, Clinton and Spitzer have been friendly colleagues ever since the former first lady first ran for a US Senate in New York in 2000.
Her aides said Clinton deeply respected Spitzer’s work during his two terms as state attorney general, during which he became a national crusader against corporate corruption and Wall Street investment excesses.
Spitzer faced pressure to resign yesterday as well as questions about whether he would be prosecuted.
A New York Times report said he hired a US$1,000-an-hour prostitute and was caught on a wiretap at least six times on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 arranging to meet her.
Spitzer, a married 48-year-old who investigated prostitution as attorney general, apologized for what he described as a “private matter,” but said nothing about resigning.
Hmm… a high ranking politician caught having sex with another woman. Now what other politician was impeached because of the same thing? Maybe Hillary could answer that.