Former NY Governor Who Solicited Prostitutes Says He Would Have Fired Employee Like Anthony Weiner for ‘Improper’ Behavior

Eliot Spitzer, center, a candidate for New York City comptroller, talks with members of the media as he campaigns in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Spitzer, who resigned as New York governor in 2008 after admitting he paid for sex with prostitutes, is now attempting a political comeback and is ahead of opponent Scott Stringer in the polls. Credit: AP

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) on Monday criticized disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) over his multiple X-rated chats with women online. Spitzer, who is currently running for NYC comptroller, was forced to resign from office in 2008 after it was revealed he solicited prostitutes, an offense he as governor signed a law to impose harsher penalties on.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday, host Chris Matthews asked the former governor if he would have fired Weiner for “using office equipment to engage in the kind of past-time that Anthony Weiner’s been involved in.”

“I think the answer is yes,” Spitzer replied, adding that the action would be appropriate for such “improper” use of the equipment.

Watch the video via Mediaite:

Matthews also was able to get Spitzer to say Weiner should not be mayor of New York City.

“You’re not going to vote for Anthony Weiner, can you just say that now? You don’t think he should be mayor of New York,” Matthews pressed.

“Fair point. That is correct,” Spitzer answered.

Weiner fell into fourth place in the NYC mayoral race on Monday, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll.


(H/T: HuffPost)