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Eliot Spitzer

Former New York governor, forced to resign due to a call girl scandal. May have been set up by some of those who he went up against, or it might just have been a case of him being stupid and getting caught.

In any case, Spitzer used his office to support illegal activity, specifically illegal immigration. In 2006, while still Attorney General of that state, he proposed creating a sanctuary law in regards to Medicaid. Then, starting in early 2007 (after being elected) he came out in support of drivers licenses for illegal aliens. That plan was very unpopular: in October 2007, 72% of New Yorkers were against it. And, steps he took revealed what might have been his real motivation all along: getting Motor Voter forms into the hands of illegal aliens.

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Luis Gutierrez: Paul Ryan says amnesty is "the right thing to do" - 11/15/12

... Luis Gutierrez said on tonight's Eliot Spitzer show on Current TV that Rep. Paul Ryan thinks amnesty is the "right thing to do" ( video: peekURL.com/zjn3fmY ). Bearing in mind that Gutierrez will say and do anything to gain race-based power via amnesty (aka comprehensive immigration reform), it has a ring of truth considering that Paul Ryan is a fiscal conservative and those of that bent tend to...

How to get Eliot Spitzer's questions for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission asked - 01/13/10

Disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer offers "10 Questions The Financial Crisis Commission Must Ask" (link). Some are pretty good, others would only generate a stock response. However, simply posting questions on the internet is meaningless if there's no way to get them asked. While the Huffington Post certainly has some influence, if you want those questions to be asked you need to...

AIG bonuses: just a cover for tens of billions to their counterparties? - 03/17/09

... disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer thinks (link):

Eliot Spitzer returns; so, was he set up to hush him up about the financial crisis? - 11/16/08

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer makes his triumphant return into the spotlight with the Washington Post editorial "How to Ground The Street/The Former 'Enforcer' On the Best Way to Keep Financial Markets in Check" (link). I am, needless to say, in a forest of conflicted emotions: * Should I concentrate on making fun of his scandal, especially since his former "temporary employee" is...

Was Eliot Spitzer set up over predatory lending? (Bush, banks, the Fed, and, yes, Greg Palast) - 03/23/08

I confess that when the Eliot Spitzer story broke I felt like I'd won four free hours with Ashley Alexandra DuPre's librarian cousin and put aside all concerns about whether there was something else involved.

Eliot Spitzer linked to prostitution ring, will resign - 03/10/08

[UPDATE: Fox News reports he will resign. In his press conference he didn't say anything about that, but another event is set for 7pm NY time. UPDATE 2: Mob links? This says it's in the court papers (PDF link), but a quick scan didn't bring anything up. That would indeed take this to the whole other level.

Felipe Calderon visits the colonies (safe, legal "migration") - 02/13/08

... of him with New York governor Eliot Spitzer from presidencia.gob.mx/prensa/?contenido=33715 Your must-read link is this roundup of his visit, with a few quotes from him congratulating Spitzer and others for their help. And, your takeaway is from this: At every stop, he has scheduled meetings with top local and state officials, some of whom have direct links to presidential candidates. In his...

Felipe Calderon Feb. 2008 U.S. visit: Eliot Spitzer, Blagojevich, Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez - 02/09/08

... Ki-Moon * New York governor Eliot Spitzer * Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich * California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger * Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa * Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (private meeting) UPDATE: According to this: ...officials said he'll meet with Mayor Richard Daley, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other leaders... ...includes a private meeting with some Mexican...

Barack Obama reiterates support for driver's licenses for illegal aliens (Carolyn Lochhead) - 01/28/08

... to include New York governor Eliot Spitzer in her list of casualties. It also isn't clear from her article who exactly is renewing Obama's support for those who've broken our laws; no quotes from Obama or an official spokesman are provided. It's also not entirely true that "Latinos... want them". Latinos who are here legally can already get them. As for those who put their race ahead of the...

Vile: Washington Post turns on Mike Huckabee to support illegal immigration - 12/13/07

The Washington Post offers a vile, spittle-flecked editorial called "The Immigration Swamp/As the presidential campaign intensifies, so does the nativist ferocity." They turn on Mike Huckabee for changing from a strong supporter of illegal immigration into someone who (supposedly) wants illegal aliens to return home within 120 days: The idea that

Eliot Spitzer drops driver's licenses for illegal aliens (Hillary updates position) - 11/13/07

... Hillary's List, New York governor Eliot Spitzer will announce tomorrow that he's shelving his unpopular plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens (link): The governor's office signaled to New York lawma

Rasmussen poll: 77% oppose driver's licenses for illegal aliens - 11/05/07

Thanks Hillary Clinton (and Eliot Spitzer)! A new Fox 5/Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll says that 77% oppose driver's licenses for illegal aliens, with only 16% supporting the idea. Opposition is at 88% for Republicans, 75% for independents, and 68% for Democrats.

Hillary Clinton now supports driver's licenses for illegal aliens - 10/31/07

Adam Nagourney of the New York Times offers this: Hillary Rodham Clinton offered support today for Gov.

Hillary's double-dodge on illegal aliens driver's licenses; +, go for it, Dems! - 10/31/07

... concerns this: [New York governor Eliot Spitzer is] making an honest effort to [bring illegal aliens "out of the shadows"]. We should have passed immigration reform. The "reform" she mentions wouldn't solve the problem.

Spitzer supporter: "You made me make a fool out of myself" (details on his switch) - 10/30/07

... insider details on how and why Eliot Spitzer "caved" and decided to only give a limited driver's license to illegal aliens. A taste: To try to smooth some of the anger, Mr.

New York Times to Eliot Spitzer: die on the driver's licenses for illegal aliens hill - 10/30/07

Another day, another New York Times immigration editorial. This time, they're wrong about DLs for IAs in "Governor Spitzer Retreats" (link). They wanted him to be a good soldier in the NYT's war for illegal immigration and stick to the original plan no matter how much it hurt him: Gov.

Hillary Clinton: soft on driver's licenses for illegal aliens (Obama supports it) - 10/30/07

... debate: [Hillary Clinton says:] [Eliot Spitzer] is trying to make up for the failure of the Bush Administration to address illegal immigration. He's filling a vaccuum...

Feds strike deal on Eliot Spitzer driver's licenses for illegal aliens (victory or defeat?) - 10/27/07

(Picture associated with UPDATE 3 below) From this: The Bush administration and New York cut a deal Saturday to create a new generation of super-secure driver's licenses for U.S. citizens, but also allow illegal immigrants to get a version. ...Saturday's agreement with the Homeland Security Department will create a three-tier license system in New York. It is the largest state to sign on...

Desperate New York Times immigration editorial plays race card; afraid attrition might work? - 10/22/07

... newspaper. Then, after promoting Eliot Spitzer's scheme to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens, they offer three choices to solve the problem. The first is mass deportations, something that no national leaders are calling for. The second could have been written by either the Democrats or the Bush administration: Find out who they are. Distinguish between criminals and people who just want...

Spitzer driver's licenses and illegal aliens voting (Motor Voter) - 10/21/07

From this: A new front has opened up in the war over Gov.

NY Sen. Jose M. Serrano supports Spitzer's illegal aliens driver's licenses - 10/19/07

... Serrano supports New York governor Eliot Spitzer's scheme to give illegal aliens driver's licenses. In this post he discusses an appearance on the Lou Dobbs show: first he race-baits and plays the victim card, implying that those who support enforcement of our immigration laws are racists. That, of course, is to be expected.

Smoking gun emails: Spitzer retaliated against opponent of his driver's license scheme - 10/19/07

... yesterday showing [New York governor Eliot Spitzer]'s administration had OK'd funding for a local health-care clinic last month - before suddenly canceling the grant on Monday after his attack on Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens... Spitzer c

72% oppose Spitzer driver's licenses for illegal aliens; lowest rating ever - 10/16/07

... about the [New York governor Eliot Spitzer's] proposal to allow undocumented aliens to obtain New York driver's licenses oppose the Governor's plan, while only 22 percent support it, according to a new Siena (College) Research Institute poll of registered voters released today.

New York Immigration Coalition supports Spitzer driver's licenses for illegal aliens plan - 10/03/07

... come out in support (link) of Eliot Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. UPDATE: If you're in NY state, there's a petition - including a printable version - here.

Wed. 10/3: open forum against Eliot Spitzer's driver's licenses for illegal aliens plan - 10/02/07

... to discuss New York governor Eliot Spitzer's scheme to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Those attending include Rep. Tom Tancredo, columnist/former INS employee Mike Cutler, Peter Gadiel (9/11 Families for a Secure America) and T.J. Bonner (National Border Patrol Council). Details here.

Michael Bloomberg, DHS against Spitzer illegal aliens driver's licenses plan - 09/28/07

From this: [New York governor Eliot Spitzer's scheme to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens] starts in December but is already under fire from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a pro-immigration politician who said the change could lead to the state's licenses not being acceptable proof of identification for air travel. Bloomberg said Wednesday that the city's lawyer "does believe...

New York county clerks oppose Spitzer on driver's licenses for illegal aliens - 09/27/07

New York governor Eliot Spitzer wants to allow illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses. Now, some county clerks are pushing back: [Otsego County Clerk Kathy Sinnott-Gardner says:] "I don't see why we should make the requirements more lenient for illegal immigrants than they are for our own citizens." ...State Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, a former county clerk, said, "I'm stunned.

Eliot Spitzer jeopardizes New Yorkers safety for votes (drivers licenses for illegal aliens) - 09/23/07

New York governor Eliot Spitzer will allow illegal aliens to get New York driver's licenses beginning in 2008. You may recall New York City as home to a terror attack that took place on 9/11/01 and whose perpetrators were able to obtain 35 or so driver's licenses from various states.

Eliot Spitzer considering driver's licenses for illegal aliens - 01/20/07

New York governor Eliot Spitzer is considering giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Former governor Pataki required social security numbers to get a license, but the Coalition for a Secure Driver's License says he's about to repeal that: "The 9/11 Commission pointed out that the 19 terrorists had at least 35 licenses," a board member of the coalition who lost his 23-year-old son in the...

Please read this before voting - 11/07/06

If terrorists are able to infiltrate the U.S. and carry out attacks, few other issues on the table in this election will matter. Every proposal that groups of voters support - from lower taxes to universal healthcare - is predicated on the internal security of the U.S. Protecting the U.S. from attacks at home should be the first priority of all of our political leaders, but unfortunately it is...

2006 Endorsements, Part 1 - 11/01/06

The following are more suggestions than endorsements, and in many cases these are votes against their opponents.

John Faso, not Eliot Spitzer, for governor of New York - 11/01/06

... except that he's running against Eliot Spitzer for governor of New York. As the last link shows, Spitzer - despite being Attorney General of that state - doesn't appear to understand our laws when it comes to immigration matters.

Miranda Vagg transcribes growers pining for cheap labor - 10/10/06

Miranda Vagg of the "Greater Niagara Newspapers" group (printed in New York's "Lockport Union-Sun & Journal") offers a slab of pro-illegal immigration propaganda called "IMMIGRATION RAIDS: Local farmers reeling from busts".

Does Eliot Spitzer support U.S. laws? - 08/03/06

As the New York Attorney General - and Democratic candidate for NY governor - you'd hope so. However, there are some laws he doesn't support, as revealed in a 7/25/06 debate: ...The candidates were asked whether they would enforce the federal law that went into effect July 1, mandating that states require proof of citizenship from Medicaid applicants. Spitzer responded: "I would not enforce...

"[NY Employment] Agencies Sued Over Low-Paying Jobs" - 06/16/04

... minimum wage, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced a new strategy yesterday to attack the problem: sue the employment agencies that steer thousands of workers into these low-paying jobs each year. Mr. Spitzer announced lawsuits against four employment agencies and settlements with five others to stop them from supplying workers to businesses that often pay just $3 or $4 an hour, far less...