Statement on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer

Like everyone else, Common Cause is stunned and saddened by law enforcement allegations that Gov. Spitzer was involved with a prostitution ring.

While news reports have raised concerns about the origins of the investigation, the allegations remain deeply troubling and problematic because Mr. Spitzer ran for governor of New York as an ethical reformer, and has spent his legal and political career fighting corruption.

Common Cause believes an elected official’s most important job is to uphold the public trust. And sadly, that appears now to be broken.

As this saga unfolds, Common Cause New York remains committed to working with New York’s leaders to bring about the implementation of the reforms that New Yorkers so clearly want.