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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

Alleged U.S. Representative 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 ).

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.

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

That's what disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer thinks (link): Everybody is rushing to condemn AIG's bonuses, but this simple scandal is obscuring the real disgrace at the insurance giant: Why are AIG's counterparties getting paid back in full, to the tune of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars?

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:

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

Mexican president Felipe Calderon visited five U.S. cities this week, and had 34 events scheduled with a wide range of movers and shakers (his wife had a few events also). Some of the dignitaries he met with are listed here; picture right is 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...

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

Mexico's president Felipe Calderon will be visiting parts of their former territory next week, stopping in New York, Boston, Chicago, Sacramento, and Los Angeles but apparently avoiding Washington DC. In addition to U.S. officials, and some who are supposedly U.S. officials, he'll probably also be meeting with community leaders, such as those from non-profits, "hometown associations", the leaders of his PAN party who operate inside the U.S., and the like. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a listing, but if anyone could leave information in comments that would be quite helpful. In...

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

Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle offers this: Sen. Barack Obama easily won the African American vote in South Carolina, but to woo California Latinos, where he is running 3-to-1 behind rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, he is taking a giant risk: spotlighting his support for the red-hot issue of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. It's a huge issue for Latinos, who want them. It's also a huge issue for the general electorate, which most vehemently does not. Obama's stand could come back to haunt him not only in a general election, but with other voters in...

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

Presumably not wanting to join 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

One perhaps overlooked part of Hillary Clinton's wishy-washy non-answer to the question concerning driver's licenses for illegal aliens 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

This article (link) provides the 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

I'll replace the following with a transcript when it's available, but from tonight's Democratic 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 so far to the government's post-Sept. 11 effort to make identification cards more secure [joining Arizona, Vermont and Washington]. ...Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he was not...

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

Like clockwork, the New York Times offers yet another immigration editorial and, of course, they're still wrong ("AinaLike clockwork, the New York Times offers yet another immigration editorial and, of course, they're still wrong ("Ain’t That America", link). Per them, not enacting comprehensive immigration "reform" is yet another in the long line of "greatest historical shames" perpetrated by the U.S. The national mood is slipping into "hatred and fear" against those "documented or not, who speak Spanish and are working-class or poor": The evidence can be seen in any state or town that has...

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

New York state senator Jose 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

From this: A key Republican lawmaker [Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R-Schenectady)] disclosed several "smoking gun" e-mails 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

From this: Seventy-two percent of New York voters who have read or heard 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

It's no suprise that the New York Immigration Coalition - a group that doesn't seem to understand the word "illegal" - would 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

Tomorrow, October 3 at 10am in Manhattan various state Republicans will be leading a meeting 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 that in fact this would make New York's state drive

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 World Trade Center attack, Peter Gadiel, said.

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 not. The Bush administration, the GOP leadership, and almost all Democratic leaders have been negligent in this regard, placing other interests ahead of the security of the U.S.

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

I know absolutely zero about Republican John Faso 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 that provision . . .

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

From the NYT (nytimes . com/2004/06/16/nyregion/16labor.html):