New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Under Fire

by Wendy Woolfolk

NBC News

With mounting pressure and growing calls for his resignation, there is still no word from embattled New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

"Within 24 to 48 hours if he does not indeed resign we're going to put for articles of resolution of impeachment," threatened New York Assemblyman James Tedisco.

Spitzer's been holed up in his Manhattan apartment, reportedly with family and top advisors, after apologizing for, but not admitting to, an alleged link to a high dollar prostitution ring.

"I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and that violates my or any sense of right and wrong," Spitzer said in a brief statement Wednesday, his only public comment about what the Governor called a private matter.

New details have emerged about Spitzer's role in the public corruption probe that was triggered by his alleged movement of large amounts of cash from several bank accounts to one that was operated by the call girl ring.
Last month, according to law enforcement officials, the Governor was caught on a wire-tap arranging for a prostitute to meet him at a Washington hotel.
Legal matters aside, state lawmakers say Spitzer's political time is up.

"He owes it to the state, he owes it to himself, and I believe he owes it to his family to resolve this as quickly as possible by resigning," said Republican Representative Peter King.

If that happens, Lieutenant Governor David Paterson would serve out the remaining 33 months of his term, becoming the state's first black governor.