N.Y. governor may have splurged close to $80K: Investigators

With pressure mounting on Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign over a call-girl scandal, investigators said yesterday he was clearly a repeat customer who spent tens of thousands of dollars on hookers.

In fact, they say he may have spent as much as $80,000 with a high-priced prostitution service over an extended period of time.


Spitzer and his family, meanwhile, remain secluded in their Fifth Avenue apartment, while Republicans began talking impeachment, and few if any fellow Democrats came forward to defend him.

A death watch of sorts began at the state Capitol, where whispers of "What have you heard?" echoed through nearly every hallway of the ornate, 109-year-old building.

On Monday, when the scandal broke, prosecutors said in court papers that Spitzer had been caught on a wiretap spending $4,300 with the Emperors Club VIP call-girl service.

Some of the money went toward a night with a prostitute named Kristen, and the rest as credit toward future trysts.

The papers also suggested Spitzer had done this before.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a law enforcement official said yesterday that Spitzer, in fact, had spent tens of thousands of dollars with the Emperors Club.

Another official said the amount could be as high as $80,000. But it was not clear over what period of time that amount was spent.

Insiders yesterday said the governor was still trying to decide how to proceed. Options included quitting immediately, or waiting to use resignation as a bargaining chip with federal prosecutors to avoid indictment.

Democrats privately floated another option, telling The Associated Press that Spitzer was considering what was almost unthinkable immediately after Monday’s bombshell apology: Hanging on.

"If the public is fine, he’ll stay," said a Democrat who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The governor hasn’t been charged, and prosecutors would not comment on the case.

funny talk

  • Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert: "I sat next to the guy three times and I didn’t pick up on any of this and I usually have excellent whore-dar."

  • David Letterman: "They’re talking about impeaching Eliot Spitzer if he doesn’t step down and I’m thinking: ‘Whoa, a Democrat being impeached for extramarital sex. Well, happy days are here again!’"

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