March 10, 2008

Spitzer’s Strange Pseudonym

I?m rather intrigued by Spitzer?s use of the pseudonym ?George Fox? when he would take part in his expensive assignation down as the Renaissance Mayflower. The Times reports that ?Client #9? actually has a ?friend and donor? who goes by this name. One wonders whether Spitzer ever had an escape plan in which if the feds started closing in, he might let old George take the rap. I wouldn?t put this past him, but it seems unlikely.

I think instead that the choice of names was a bit of irony on Spitzer?s part: the phony public crusader probably often chuckled to himself while visiting a prostitute using the name of the pious 17th-century dissenter who founded Quakerism.

This wouldn?t be the first time the ?steamroller? mixed self-righteousness with sleaze and topped off it with grand hypocrisy. According to the Times:

?[I]n 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island. ?This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,? Mr. Spitzer said at the time. ?It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.??

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