Spitzer Slammed for Smearing Political Rival

He may have lied about Troopergate, Albany DA says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2008 8:51 PM CDT
Spitzer Slammed for Smearing Political Rival
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, left, and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno appear at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Eliot Spitzer was more involved a smear campaign against political rival Joe Bruno than he cared to admit, according to a report today. Spitzer's answers to investigators were possibly "not truthful," Albany District Attorney P. David Soares said—but Soares is not seeking prosecution, in part due to Spitzer’s sudden resignation in a call girl sex scandal, the New York Times reports.

Spitzer said he never approved disclosing records of Bruno's use of state aircraft, Reuters reports. But a Spitzer aide later testified that "he walked to the governor's office and said to Spitzer, 'Boss, you're OK with the release of the plane records?' The governor replied 'Yeah, do it'," the Soares report said. Bruno, the state's top Republican lawmaker, said today that this confirmed Spitzer had “lied to the people of this state." (Read more Troopergate stories.)

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