So, Senate Democrats are still in the joint session of the legislature, and there’s no word on what they will say when they emerge. But Bill Samuels, who heads their fund-raising efforts, offered what might be a clue.
“Unless he sees this as an opportunity for real personal growth on how to be more effective, then there’s not a prayer, if he doesn’t resign, that he can be effective for reform,” Samuels told me just now. “And to that degree we have to see how this plays out. But it takes a radical introspection, like someone deciding, who has a cocaine or drug problem, to finally go into rehab.”
Samuels went on to say, “The only way Spitzer survives as governor–he’s got to be effective for reform. He’s got to do something very dramatic in terms of introspection and change. Otherwise, if he hangs on, it’ll hurt the reform agenda.”