New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has resign his post in disgrace after being caught in a prostitution scandal.
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. He left without answering questions.
The scandal erupted Monday when allegations surfaced that Spitzer, a 48-year-old married man with three teenage daughters, spent thousands of dollars on a call girl named Kristen at a Washington hotel on the night before Valentine's Day.
New Yorkers Sour on Spitzer
A Tuesday poll indicates most New Yorks welcome the governor's resignation. The poll found that 70 percent of New Yorkers think Spitzer should resign, while 66 percent believe he should be impeached and removed from office if he doesn't.
The figures come a day after allegations that Spitzer hired a high-priced call girl. Investigators said Tuesday he was a repeat customer who spent tens of thousands of dollars.
The case started when banks noticed frequent cash transfers from several accounts and filed suspicious activity reports with the Internal Revenue Service, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
The accounts were traced back to Spitzer, prompting public corruption investigators to open an inquiry.
A law enforcement official said Tuesday that Spitzer had spent tens of thousands of dollars with the call-girl service Emperors Club VIP. Another official said the amount could be as high as $80,000. It was not clear over what period of time that was spent.
The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
Even with Spitzer's resignation, 49 percent of New Yorkers said he should face criminal charges.
The telephone poll conducted Tuesday surveyed 624 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Spitzer has not been charged, and prosecutors would not comment on the case.
Source: The Associated Press