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Remembering Roger Stone Fondly


One more strange twist in the Gov. Eliot Spitzer TrooperGate Scandal and it may be approaching R. Kelly’s Trapped in The Closet series in terms of weird.

In this latest chapter, someone—was it the midget under the sink?—left a menacing, profanity-laced phone message for the governor’s father, Bernard Spitzer, who at age 83 is suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

According to the New York Times:, which has an mp3 of the message here, the caller says the elder Spitzer will be subpoenaed before Senate Committee on Investigations to testify about loans he made to his son to finance his earlier campaigns:

“If you resist this subpoena, you will be arrested and brought to Albany…There is not a goddamn thing your phony, psycho, piece-of-shit son can do about it. Bernie, your phony loans are about to catch up with you. You will be forced to tell the truth and the fact that your son’s a pathological liar will be known to all.”

Private investigators for Spitzer, the elder, traced the calls to an apartment at 40 Central Park South, which is owned by Roger Stone, the political operative who’s been doing Republican dirtywork since the Nixon administration.

Village Voice readers may remember the Republican operative from Wayne Barrett’s reporting on Stone’s secret role in Al Sharpton’s Presidential Campaign in 2004 or how Stone exploited his Bush administration contacts to make millions in the Indian gaming industry after he fomented the “‘Brooks Brothers mob’ that shut down the Miami-Dade recount in 2000.”

Naturally, Stone—who lost a $20,000-a-month consulting gig for the state Republican Party this morning— denied having a role in the call, saying it was part of an elaborate conspiracy. C’mon, Roger, say it was the midget.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 22, 2007

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