My sister emailed me this little gem to the left yesterday. I couldn't resist sharing it.
Spitzer Resists Calls to Resign
New York governor Eliot Spitzer resisted mounting calls for his resignation Tuesday, as he first tried to work out an agreement with prosecutors not to file criminal charges against him.
Mr. Spitzer won't resign until he reaches an agreement with the government not to pursue charges, say those familiar with his legal team's thinking.
A poll released late Tuesday found that 70% of New Yorkers think Mr. Spitzer should resign, while 66% believe he should be impeached and removed from office if he doesn't. "It's a big thumbs down," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll. "It points to just how politically untenable his position is right now."
Even if Mr. Spitzer resigns, 49% of New Yorkers said he should face criminal charges. The telephone poll conducted Tuesday surveyed 624 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
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As Governor Spitzer clings to the governorship like a leech clings to the backside of a skinny dipping hiker I wonder if this scandal will damage the Democratic party in New York state enough to turn it into a red state. Probably not. While less than half of New York's counties went blue in 2004 they happen to be the more heavily populated counties.