Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Behind the Ad: Spitzer apologizes for that whole hooker thing

By Richard K. Barry

(Another in our extensive Behind the Ad series.)

Who: The Eliot Spitzer comptroller campaign

Where: New York City

What's going on: In an ad that addresses the prostitution scandal that destroyed his political career, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer asks for forgiveness. In the opening line he says, "Look, I failed. Big time."

He goes on to say that his history of "being hated by the Wall Street firms" makes him the best candidate to protect New Yorker's money. Another point he makes is that screwing up shouldn't mean you have to give up on having a productive career.

I like to say that the kind of shit that doesn't destroy political careers should make us look hard at the kind of shit that does. I'm thinking here of Iran-Contra for Reagan and WMD for Bush.

I give Spitzer some credit for the being direct. No doubt the best approach.

(Cross-posted at Phantom Public.)

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