The Morning Read: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Unnamed aides say Eliot Spitzer is likely to resign today.

David Paterson said, “If that is the case, no one has spoken to me about it.”

Paterson reportedly was told Spitzer would resign on Monday.

If Paterson becomes governor, he may not be able to leave the state anytime soon.

Which may affect Hillary Clinton’s campaign, since Paterson has been “a fixture” for them on the road, reports Glenn Thrush.

One leading Democrat said, “An impeachment proceeding would force Democrats to either abandon him or defend him,” and, “They would abandon him.”

Spitzer reportedly spent about $80,000 on call girls.

To pay, Spitzer tried making several small financial transactions, and asked his bank not to put his name on it.

To set the mood, Spitzer played classical music.

The tryst at a D.C. hotel may explain Spitzer’s combative testimony to congress the following day.

Spitzer’s problems only makes the state budget that much more difficult to deal with.

And of course, his agenda may be in jeopardy.

Or, maybe not.

Either way, Spitzer’s legal legacy may endure.

The fallout may be a boon to Tom Suozzi’s Senate prospects.

Betsy Gotbaum noted that the next likely governor, David Paterson has “got a wonderful sense of humor, a very gentle man,” and, “In that sense, he’s the opposite of Eliot.”

Paterson sponsored controversial legislation, including a bill giving non-citizens voting rights.

Meet the likely new First Lady, Michelle Paige.

When reached by cell phone, Silda Wall Spitzer said, “I really don’t have anything to say.”

Human rights groups who worked with Spitzer said they are “feeling betrayed.”

In an op-ed, Jim McGreevey’s ex-wife tried refocusing attention away from the wives and onto the husbands in times like these.

Andrew Peyser wrote “ELYSSA Spitzer is 18 years old. This makes Eliot Spitzer’s first-born daughter very close in age to a hooker called Kristen – the woman with whom dad betrayed mom, repeatedly, and for a lot of money.”

In Albany, “The list of ethical transgressions is long and depressing,” wrorte Bill Hammond.

Maureen Dowd wrorte, “In modern times, you rarely see any men having to stand ashenly by their women.”

The New York Times editorial board wrote, “To put it bluntly, Mr. Spitzer must either resign immediately or explain why he deserves to continue in office.”

And CNN maybe should have asked someone else to comment about the Spitzer case.

The Morning Read: Wednesday, March 12, 2008