Eliot Spitzer just released a statement in response to Andrew Cuomo’s damaging report about his role in the Joe Bruno travel business. In it, Spitzer says he is suspending “indefinitely” his director of communications, Darren Dopp, and reassigning his Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security, William Howard, to a position outside the governor’s office.
But not because they broke the law.
Spitzer says that what his aides did “was not illegal. However, because the matter involved an elected official from another party – indeed, one whom the public views as a ‘political opponent’ – every effort should have been made to follow proper procedures, and thus reduce any perceived conflict.”