Devastated by his involvement with an international high-end prostitution ring, Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced his resignation on Wednesday morning during a brief press conference at his Manhattan office. The resignation will take effect on Monday when Lt. Gov. David Paterson will assume of the office of governor of the state of New York.
“In the past few days I have begun to atone for my private failings…” Spitzer said in a short statement as his wife, Silda, stood by his side. “…I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me.”
Spitzer apologized to his family and to “every New Yorker,” adding “I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been.”
There is still no word as to whether the governor will face any criminal charges for using the prostitutes or for the shady financial transaction he used to cover his tracks.