On Inside City Hall last night, former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who left office under the cloud of his own sex scandal, was called to weigh in on former C.I.A. Director David Petraeus’ affair and whether President Barack Obama should have accepted his resignation as a result.
“As I understand the facts as we’ve seen in the papers so far, there was no criminal violation here,” Mr. Spitzer argued. “There was no violation, I’ve been told, of even C.I.A. rules or regulations although there may be some questions there. It does strike me that perhaps the president could have looked him in the eye and said, ‘You have violated a bevy of ethical and moral rules that you understand. You will have to deal with that. You and your family will deal with that. But you will go back and continue to serve your nation. You will be straightforward with the public with what you’ve done. But I’m telling you as the commander and chief, serve the nation. That’s what we expect of you; deal with the personal issues in your own way.’”
For what it’s worth, Mr. Spitzer’s fellow “Wise Guy,” former Mayor Ed Koch, concurred.
“I was surprised that the president accepted the resignation if it is, as it apparently currently is, one mistress,” Mr. Koch explained. “Two, I’d have a problem.”