Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« West Seattle Woes | If You Have a Problem With the... »

Monday, March 10, 2008

Re: Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Marry Politicians

posted by on March 10 at 16:09 PM

Okay, let’s vote!

If you had to be one of these women—if you had to stand next to your husband while he conducted a humiliating, career-ending press conference about his hookers/gay lovers/adult diapers/airport toilet escapades—which of these women would you be?

WHO WOULD YOU BE?

Oh, and for the record: this Spitzer thing shouldn’t be a scandal. Prostitution should be legal—I’d go so far as to say safe, legal, and rare. You might think, as a Slog commenter pointed out, that politicians would be eager to legalize prostitution, considering how many politicians get ruined in prostitution scandals. But, eh, our political class uses drugs (hey there, Mr. Obama; hey there, Mr. President) and they’re not exactly moving to decriminalize recreational drugs.

RSS icon Comments

1

oh, i'd def want to be McGay's wife. at least then it wouldn't be my fault that my husband had to step outside the marriage.

Posted by konstantConsumer | March 10, 2008 4:07 PM
2

I'm just praying that Barack Obama is the kind of guy to keep his pecker in his pants.

Posted by tsm | March 10, 2008 4:12 PM
3

I'd like to be the wife of whichever one had the most money.

Posted by David Wright | March 10, 2008 4:14 PM
4

Spitzer - at least she gets to stay in the Governor's mansion and can run for his seat.

Plus, at least she's not married to a Red Bushie.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 10, 2008 4:15 PM
5

Also, Dan, yes, this is a scandal, if for no other reason than Spitzer conducted anti-prostitution sweeps himself. He's guilty of the same brand of hypocrisy we often bash philandering Republicans for.

Posted by tsm | March 10, 2008 4:15 PM
6

Imagine the opportunities someone like Obama has to not keep his pecker in his pants. The temptation must be constant.

Posted by jam | March 10, 2008 4:16 PM
7

i'm not sure how you make prostitution safe, legal, and rare.

Posted by infrequent | March 10, 2008 4:17 PM
8

Mrs. Craig. Those sunglasses are FIERCE!

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Baltimatt) | March 10, 2008 4:19 PM
9

Mrs. McGreevey. Easy.

I want to suck on his dick for at least one hour before we start edging.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 10, 2008 4:19 PM
10

if i choose mcgreevey, does the story end with him leaving me for a woman?

Posted by infrequent | March 10, 2008 4:24 PM
11

Safe and legal, sure, but why rare?

Posted by CG | March 10, 2008 4:26 PM
12

Of course this should be a scandal, Dan. The man runs on a strident law-and-order platform, and at present, prostitution is illegal. So the guy's a big-ass hypocrite, just like all those gay-bashing closeted pole smokers you rightly despise.

Plus, are you saying married politicians should be allowed to fuck prostitutes without any comment on their sense of morality or fitness as public representatives? What is this, France? In America, for better or worse, we ask our politicians to REPRESENT us, and regardless of what you seem to think, being married and fucking prostitutes on the side is not considered acceptable behavior, even under the famously low standards of men living in New York.

He deserves to get shit-canned just like any other lying weasel.

Posted by Matthew | March 10, 2008 4:26 PM
13

McGreevey isn't only the one I'd prefer out of all, she's the only one I'd consider being. McGreevey is the only one out of the four who didn't use his wife as a human shield during his scandal. He did the closest to 'the right thing' - admitting to his sexuality and his infidelity, resigning and separating from his wife. Painful, but painful like having a band-aid ripped off, not painful like having every hair on your head plucked one at a time.

Posted by VanNat | March 10, 2008 4:37 PM
14

I'm appalled that Mr Poe finds McSkeevey attractive!!!

yuck!

to answer your question, I would need to know which one of these husbands has the most money to ensure the largest possible alimony...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 10, 2008 4:42 PM
15


I demand to see this $5,500 a night hooker!

Freedom demands it, my friends.

Show us the hooker.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | March 10, 2008 4:43 PM
16

I'm with 12. Adultery is legal, and if he'd been caught cheating there would most certainly be a scandal - a somewhat different scandal, without the legal implications, but a scandal nonetheless.

Posted by Levislade | March 10, 2008 4:43 PM
17

Fuck the lying, hypocritical sack of shit. Pour gasoline on him and see how long he burns.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 10, 2008 5:02 PM
18

Of course it should be a scandal, not because he had sex with prostitutes but because he violated his marriage vows.

Posted by raindrop | March 10, 2008 5:05 PM
19

Well, I dunno which wife I'd rather be...I guess I'd rather be the one who had the cojones to beat the shit out of my husband before said conference so everyone could see my wrath.

Dan, this is a scandal. If prostitution were legal, this might be a different story, but it ain't.

And the fact that the dude who is busted made a name for himself taking the moralistic high ground and kicking butt on such prostitution rings in the past highlights superior bad judgment. it's the judgment thing that should cause him to resign. He's shown that yes, he is a total idiot for doing this, but he's also shown voters that he has horrific judgment and shouldn't be trusted.

Posted by Brad | March 10, 2008 5:06 PM
20

Oh my #9. McGreevey is NASTY. I think I'd rather do Christine Todd Whitman.

Posted by Mr.Designer (a New Jerseyite) | March 10, 2008 5:13 PM
21

@18, oh really? Who gives a shit about his marriage vows? Besides, you know, him and her? The hypocrisy charge is much more serious, politically, than his adultery.

Posted by Fnarf | March 10, 2008 5:25 PM
22

Ahhh, more scandal for the Dems. Welcome, my friends.

Posted by McCain/Crist '08! | March 10, 2008 5:53 PM
23

Just ignore how many of us have committed Treason and all our plans for Hundred Year Wars while destroying the American Middle Class ... pay attention to the shiny scandal ...

Posted by McCain/Bush '08! | March 10, 2008 5:57 PM
24

Oh I'd be Mrs. Craig for sure. Reasons: (1) husband lives in DC most of the time, giving me time to sleep with a "true" heterosexual, (2) I'm still married to him as his "beard" and can use his money and assets in retirement, and (3) Since he hasn't diddled me in years (and won't) I can rest assured that I won't catch any STD's due to hubby's airport dalliances.

Posted by Dave Coffman | March 10, 2008 5:57 PM
25

The reason politicians don't try to legalize prostitution or drugs or whatever is because they're not speaking/voting what they truly feel, they're doing what they think the people want them to do... which is I guess what they're supposed to do, even if it makes them look phony

Posted by GS | March 10, 2008 6:21 PM
26

mrs. craig, because she is completely oblivious.

Posted by um | March 10, 2008 6:37 PM
27

Agreed: should not be illegal. I feel sorry for the Mrs. though - a guy goes to a prostitute to get somethin' he ain't gettin' at home and now the whole world knows the Mrs. doesn't like taking it up the ass, pegging or gargling his load. That's the kind of info that should be kept behind closed doors; not to humiliate the Mrs.

Posted by Choad | March 10, 2008 6:40 PM
28

Dan, I'd really like to hear you explain why if prostitution were safe and legal, it should also be rare. Prostitution isn't like abortion and it's damaging to both issues to use the same kind of framing language. Hell, if I had my way, hiring a prostitute would be a traditional (and legal) way of celebrating a young man's 18th birthday.

Posted by Greg | March 10, 2008 6:52 PM
29

@3 & @14: That would be Spitzer.

Spitzer has the classic New York rich kid rťsumť. The scion of a family that made a fortune in real estate, Spitzer attended Horace Mann High School, graduated from Princeton (Class of 1981) and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Posted by $$$ | March 10, 2008 7:08 PM
30

Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't this list include the mayors of L.A. & San Fran?

Posted by Fitz | March 10, 2008 7:20 PM
31

NONE of these should be a scandal. The hypocrisy of it galls me (Spitzer's, too, if poster #5 is correct), but then that's why I usually ignore this kind of shit. I don't care, and I'd rather not know (and if I'm going to titillate, it's sure as fuck not gonna be over crusty fuckers like these).

Posted by Max Bell | March 10, 2008 7:34 PM
32

Spitzer should resign the moment Larry Craig does - and not a moment sooner. After all, Craig pled guilty.

Oh, and I'd be Mrs. Craig. The dumpiest one. I love dumpy women.

Posted by catalina Vel-DuRay | March 10, 2008 7:35 PM
33

and how come Mrs. Clinton isn't on this list?

Posted by gnossos | March 10, 2008 7:41 PM
34

I'm with the poster who asked which man has the most money. I'd be whichever wife gets the most alimony after the messy public divorce.

But if I HAD to choose, I'd go with McGreevey. I'd rather be the woman whose husband admits that he's gay rather than sneaking around in airport bathrooms.

Posted by Jo | March 10, 2008 7:52 PM
35

yes, this list needs to be longer, to be fair and give us more tempting options. (i've always thought bill clinton was "doable" as opposed to 99% of politicians). and newsom...yeah, i hate his showboatin' ass, but i have to admit he's a pretty gq stud.

Posted by ellarosa | March 10, 2008 7:56 PM
36

Sad to see a rising star of the democratic party stumble like that. Still, if Vitter and Craig can get away without resigning, I think Spitzer can limp quietly to the end of his term and hand it off to somebody else.

Posted by Ferin | March 10, 2008 8:00 PM
37

But, since he has been involved in busting prostitution rings, I'd say that he's very hypocritical and this is a conflict of interest for him...

Posted by UC | March 10, 2008 8:32 PM
38

Okay, Vitter and Spitzer busted with hookers. Big whoop. McIdiot has an affair.

But Mrs. Craig found out her husband was gay when he got busted cruising the men's room and then has stood next to him in support.

Yeah, Mrs. Craig had it the worst.

Posted by monkey | March 10, 2008 9:39 PM
39

Bill Clinton for Governor!

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 10, 2008 9:40 PM
40

Prostitution would never be rare. Men and women's sex drives and desires are too incompatible. For heteros, unless men are willing to do with much less than they want or women are willing to do much more than they want, prostitutes will always be there to take up the slack.

Posted by GS | March 10, 2008 9:51 PM
41

Yes, Dan, this should be a scandal.

Spitzer is every bit as much of a hypocrite as Craig. He has railed against prostitution and conducted large high-profile prostitution sting operations. Now we find out he's fucking prostitutes on the side. Please explain how this is any different than railing against gay rights and fucking guys on the side.

I don't really give a shit if he's doing prostitutes. I completely agree that prostitution should be legal. It's the hypocrisy that really pisses me off. If he wants to fuck prostitutes, he shouldn't build a career out of busting them.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | March 10, 2008 10:09 PM
42

it's real terrible. i read the details on a chat site named interracialmatch.com/photo/blackchats i think he should be published.

Posted by jeff | March 11, 2008 2:17 AM
43

just to add my vote to the noise, spitzer deserves to go down, or at least have the shit scared out of him, because of his hypocrisy. He's made a career out of supposedly enforcing the laws against prostitution, corruption, etc. Seeing a prostitute shouldn't be a crime, nor should cheating on your spouse. Both of those things should be no one's business but the couple in question. But landing a public office job by fighting something that you are then stupid enough to participate in, by making phone calls from your OWN OFFICE, that is criminally stupid and sloppy. Especially when you think about how many enemies he has made along the way.

Posted by nicole | March 11, 2008 4:25 AM
44

oh yeah, and @ 12, since when are the moral standards of men in NY famously low?

Posted by nicole | March 11, 2008 4:29 AM
45

#12 As a New Yorker I resent your comment about the low standards of New York mens. Only hookers charging thousands of dollars an hour meet our exacting standards.

Posted by Mike | March 11, 2008 5:38 AM
46

"he broke his marriage vows"

Huh,well now - post the SCARLET letter on his ASS.

I cannot believe any poster on this SLOG would be so utterly in the cabbage patch in 2008. WOW.

And why should you be concerned about another persons very private life?

Dan, you need to get some of these people up to speed. Puritans are making a come back and posting on SLOG, oh, goodness.

Mr. Hawthorne, friend of John

Posted by John | March 11, 2008 5:43 AM
47

I think you're still ignoring a core issue here - he cheated on his wife of 21 years and mother to his three children.

Blah blah blah, prositutition should be legal, blah blah blah, maybe she should have been a little more adventurous in the bedroom because of their 21 year old union, blah blah blah, it's not a scandal.

It's still wrong to cheat. If their marriage was not going as smoothly, divorce, seperate, couple's counselling, threesomes, there are options other than doing someting (and someone) that will publically humiliate your wife and mother of your kids in front of the nation because you liked some kinky shit in the bedroom.

Posted by darek | March 11, 2008 6:55 AM
48

A society of hypocrits elects hypocrits? Who would have guessed? You can't be really honest and get elected.
Yes, prostitution should be legal. But like the drug laws, anyone who came out against them would not get elected.
I wanted to be a cop, but I know I couldn't enforce the drug laws or the laws against prostitution, so I didn't. Spitzer, top cop, did. That really irritates me.

Posted by Vince | March 11, 2008 8:14 AM
49

Even if prostitution were legal, this would still be a scandal. He committed a crime, and it wasn't having sex.

He'll likely get prosecuted for 'structuring', that is, trying to conceal a money transfer. That's a federal crime. The US Attorney will probably ignore or eventually drop any solicitation charges.

Posted by steve | March 11, 2008 8:44 AM
50

Dudes, Dudettes:

This was a hit, a palpable hit, from BushCo:

http://harpers.org/archive/2008/03/hbc-90002589

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 11, 2008 9:43 AM
51

The big problem for Spitzer is the same thing that is the problem for the rest of these idiots....HYPOCRACY! It's not that he went to a prostitute (I mean who the fuck cares), it's that he is this big hypocrite. He is inconsistent with his own moral code and the policies he rabidly promotes.

He is out there talking about the evils of prostitution all the while laying up in fancy hotel rooms with high priced hookers. What a lame ass!

Itís pretty hard to find empathy for someone thatís been preachy about irritating about something and then does it himself.

Itís like the time I found out that my 'evangelical vegan' friend (who constantly told anyone within earshot about the evils of meat, milk and eggs) was secretly scarfing down bacon, eggs and chocolate milk on a regular basis. Itís not illegal itís just irritatingly hypocritical. If you took it a step further, if this fallen vegan had spent a career passing legislation and enforcing laws that made bacon eating against the law and his hypocrisy came to light...it would result in a lot of public outrage.

Moral of the story, no one likes a hall monitor (especially one who does not hold themselves to the same rules)

Posted by Mrs. Y | March 11, 2008 9:45 AM
52

None of the above. These women are standing up for one thing, and that's the financial support they are sure to receive if they "stand by their man". Sickening.

Posted by Sue | March 11, 2008 9:58 AM
53

What about Bob Allen?

Posted by talbot marx | March 11, 2008 10:12 AM
54

Yes, Spitzer IS getting roasted because of his hypocrisy.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura publicly confessed to having sex with prostitutes (although legally, in Nevada) and said he felt fine about it and he barely suffered any heat at all for it. However, Ventura was alway in favor of legalizing prostitution so he wasn't seen as a hypocrite.

Posted by GS | March 11, 2008 2:28 PM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 14 days old).