Eliot’s Weakness

It’s been widely noted that Eliot Spitzer hasn’t applied the same energy to government reform as he has to Wall Street. That’s not necessarily a serious criticism — his Wall Street investigations are unprecedented and have changed the way crucial American industries operate. And a Republican opponent will have a hard time making the case that Spitzer hasn’t spent enough time investigating…Republicans.

Nonetheless, a mailing from Spitzer aide Mark Peters, now running for Brooklyn District Attorney, inadvertently makes Spitzer’s critics’ point:

“As Eliot Spitzer’s Chief of Public Integrity, Mark Peters:

“Fought political corruption by indicting leaders of a New York City political organization that stole funds intended for women, children, and people with AIDS.

“Investigated and overhauled a New York police force that was harassing female drivers and engaging in illegal strip searches.

“Won a case against an unethical corporation that was overcharging our schools for milk for school lunch programs.”

They’re all serious prosecutions.

But they’re not the kind of sweeping reform program that Spitzer applied to Wall Street. In particular, nothing on that list of highlights reached up to touch the people running the state.