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Spitzer resigned as New York’s governor when he was caught soliciting prostitute Ashley Dupré and violating interstate trafficking laws when meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. CNN has not yet confirmed the new Spitzer 8 p.m. talk show, which was originally reported by the Washington Examiner in mid-May.
In an interview with HUMAN EVENTS, Davis says she started the CNN protest “to remind New Yorkers that Spitzer is a criminal who has not accepted responsibility nor been punished for his crimes.” The protest is not about Spitzer “frequenting a prostitute, that’s probably the most honest thing the man has done,” she emphatically states. Rather, the protest is about CNN giving Spitzer “a forum to influence the lives of others.”
Spitzer’s lack of remorse for his crimes shows his immorality. “When he resigned he was under investigation in ‘Troopergate’… He would have continued breaking laws because he didn’t think that the rules applied to him,” says Davis.
The petition against CNN at www.NoToSpitzer.com, says: “I watch now but I will watch no more if CNN gives a forum to law breaker Eliot Spitzer. Eliot Spitzer betrayed the public trust and violated the very laws he was entrusted to enforce. CNN should not condone this hypocrisy.” Electronic signatures are collected on the site and automatically sent to network’s executives. The petition has so far collected over 2,500 signatures.
Davis’ campaign to keep Spitzer off the airwaves has been successful in the past. “He originally was in talks with WABC which I boycotted and within hours of my supporters e-mailing, they rescinded their offer,” she says proudly.
The gross hypocrisy of Eliot Spitzer is that when he was attorney general he prosecuted others for the same sex crimes he committed. In 2007, Gov. Spitzer signed a law increasing the penalty for patronizing a prostitute in an effort to stop sex trafficking. Yet, Spitzer was never charged with a crime, despite the overwhelming evidence that he was a longtime client of a prostitution ring during the years he was attorney general and governor.
He also clearly broke federal laws in sex trafficking and the Mann Act. U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said in a statement that “on multiple occasions, Mr. Spitzer arranged for women to travel from one state to another state to engage in prostitution.” Yet, Garcia wrote, “We have determined that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against Mr. Spitzer.”
The women who were prosecuted in the case believe that Spitzer wasn’t charged because of his power and influence. “When you have money and power you can buy a get out of jail free card. That’s what he did,” says Davis.
Spitzer turned in Davis, who was the owner of a profitable escort service which Spitzer used frequently, as part of his plea deal. Davis was convicted of promoting prostitution in the third degree and spent four months in prison on Rikers Island. She has five years of probation and forfeited all her assets. Davis says the reason she was charged and Spitzer was not is that there exists a “separate set of standards for the political class then there are for average citizens.”
Davis is not alone in her outrage of being convicted while Spitzer was not even charged. Natalie McLennan spent a year as a prostitute in the NY Confidential escort service, reportedly charging clients $2,000 an hour. Ashley Dupré also worked for the same escort service. When Spitzer was busted, the service was raided and McLennan was prosecuted for prostitution and money laundering.
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In a phone interview from Canada where she now lives, McLennan also feels that the justice system unfairly punishes prostitutes and escort agency owners and not the clients (i.e. johns) who solicit them. “Eliot Spitzer, like so many johns before him, is getting a free pass because of his wealth, his connections and, yes, his gender,” she wrote in a New York Post op-ed after the U.S. attorney’s office announced that Spitzer would not be charged.
McLennan spent 26 days in prison in prison on Riker’s Island. After serving her sentence and being “fully rehabilitated,” she was forced to return to Canada. She wrote a memoir, The Price: My Rise and Fall As Natalia, New York’s #1 Escort, but was refused entry into the U.S. and had to cancel the book tour.
Meanwhile, Kristin Davis’ campaign for governor may not be making a huge dent in the race, but she remains committed. She says she wants to highlight the inequities in a criminal justice system that “sends me to jail yet lets Spitzer—or any of our political class—get away with committing a crime and betraying the trust of millions of people.”
“It’s a disgrace that we don’t hold our public officials to higher standards,” Davis says, without a hint or irony.
CNN should hold a higher standard and not give an open platform to an admitted john and sex trafficker. And every parent who wants to keep their child from seeing Eliot Spitzer on TV during family hour should sign this petition and refuse to watch CNN if the Spitzer show gets the green light.
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