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Spitzer Linked to Prostitution Ring

By WBFO News

New York City, NY – A law enforcement official is confirming that Governor Eliot Spitzer is linked to a prostitution ring.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, has told The Associated Press that Spitzer's involvement was caught on a federal wiretap. The official says Spitzer is identified in court papers as "Client 9," and the wiretap was part of an investigation that opened in the last few months.

The official says Spitzer met last month with at least one woman in a Washington hotel.

In a brief statement Monday afternoon, Spitzer apologized to his family and the public but did not directly address the allegations.

State Assemblyman Jack Quinn, III, a Republican from Hamburg, spoke with WBFO News Monday afternoon from the floor of the Assembly. Quinn says the developments surrounding the governor have cast a pall over the State Capitol. Quinn said he can't imagine Spitzer remaining in office if the allegations are true.

If Spitzer does resign, his lieutenant-governor David Paterson would become the first African-American governor in state history.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Spitzer's brief statement on this controversy.