Breaking a Sweat: Is there more to ‘Client 9’s’ indiscretion?
By SHARON K. GILBERT
March 11, 2008
YOU CAN’T TUNE into a cable news program this week without being assaulted by the round-the-clock, full court press against sitting Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer. The Emperors Club Prostitution Ring story bears all the hallmarks of tabloid titillation: a high-profile politician, wire-tapping and tax evasion, and a high-priced call girl ring that boasts a ranking of ‘seven diamonds’ for service and satisfaction. What news junkie could ask for more?
Here’s what you might not hear from your favorite talking head on cable: Mark Brener, alleged pimp/CEO of the Emperors Club and one of the indicted defendants, carries an Israeli passport.
I bring this up because of another fallen governor — this one from back in 2004. Recall, if you will, the woeful tale of James McGreevey, who resigned from his position at the top of New Jersey politics over revelations of an ongoing affair with Golan Cipel. Cipel, whom McGreevey met while on a junket to Israel, received a reported $100k per year as New Jersey’s Homeland Security Director, a position requiring high clearance. Continue reading “Spitz-Fire: More than just sex?”