Eliot Spitzer's Plumbers
Enemies List? What Enemies List?
By Dan McLaughlin Posted in State Politics — Comments (10) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
So it turns out that Eliot Spitzer, the man who made his name as New York's lawless, ham-fisted Attorney General (see here for some background), is now a lawless, ham-fisted governor with henchmen who use state law enforcement resources for partisan opposition research:
The fallout from a damaging report by Attorney General Cuomo's office detailing the Spitzer administration's use of state police for political attack purposes is likely to spread, threatening to upend Governor Spitzer's agenda and bring down his most senior adviser.
After a three-week investigation, Mr. Cuomo's office yesterday released a 53-page report accusing Mr. Spitzer's communications director, Darren Dopp, and a top state homeland security official of ordering state police to take extraordinary measures to track the use of air and ground police escorts by the Republican Senate majority leader, Joseph Bruno, in an effort to catch him abusing state resources.
As the New York Times put it, this was all part of "an effort to plant a negative story about Mr. Bruno and damage him politically," and a bogus one at that:
Mr. Dopp later made misleading statements about the involvement of the governor’s office in the effort, the report indicates. The report concludes that Mr. Bruno’s use of the helicopters — on trips that included both political and legislative events — was proper.
The delicious irony here is that it took all of seven months in office for Spitzer to get pursued and nailed by investigators from his own former office. I guess they knew his M.O.