Spitzer and Wife during prostitution

Spitzer Resignation Speech

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Eliot Spitzer, mired in allegations he was a client of a high-priced prostitution ring, resigned from office Wednesday, saying “I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.”

Spitzer will be replaced by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who becomes New York’s first black governor, effective Monday. Spitzer’s minute-long statement made no mention of whether he had reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid charges.

“I go forward with the belief as others have said that as human beings our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall,” Spitzer said at a Manhattan news conference with his wife, Silda, at his side.

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