Thanks to our friends at the New York Times, here’s the one sentence resignation letter that Eliot Spitzer sent to Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and to Joseph Bruno, President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, on March 12, 2008. (see the Times’ coverage).
Mr. Spitzer’s letter reads…
“I am writing to advise you that I am resigning my position as Governor of the State of New York effective at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 17, 2008.”
Although we have read it over and over, we can’t locate the part where he provides the reason for his decision to quit. Knowing that a sitting governor does not resign without good reason, I think we will go back and read the letter a few more times, since we must have missed something. Perhaps verbosity is not one of Mr. Spitzer’s strengths, but wouldn’t an elected official want the reason for his resignation to be on record for the history books?
As for Eliot Spitzer’s replacement, David A. Paterson, hopes for a new Governor with a squeaky-clean past have already been dashed. Even before the sun had set on his inauguration day, the skeletons in Mr. Paterson’s closet had started to make noise.