Gov. Spitzer Holds A Press Conference

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized to his family and the public Monday, but did not elaborate on the reported links to a prostitution ring.Video courtesy of MSNBC
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Monday, March 10, 2008; 3:21 PM

GOVERNOR ELIOT SPITZER: Over the past nine years, eight as attorney general and one as governor, I have tried to uphold a vision of progressive politics that would rebuild New york and create opportunity for all.

We sought to bring real change to New York, and that will continue.

Today, I want to briefly address a private matter.

I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family, that violates my -- or any -- sense of right and wrong. I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better.

I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what it best for the state of New York.

But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.

I will not be taking questions. Thank you very much. I will report back to you in short order.

Thank you very much.


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