Eliot Spitzer surveillance scandal Posted by: Jon Henke
on Thursday, July 05, 2007
I have no idea who is telling the truth in this case, but...
New York Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer reportedly has targeted his chief political rival for unprecedented surveillance by the state police.
The New York Post reports Spitzer insists he authorized detailed record-keeping on Republican State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s use of state troopers for travel and protection — after a complaint from the head of the state's conservative party.
But conservative party leader Michael Long denies ever making any complaint — and calls the Spitzer contention — "a bald-faced lie."
A senior state official familiar with the surveillance told the Post he believed the governor was trying to "set up" Bruno. The monitoring by state police did lead to allegations that Bruno improperly flew to political events on a state-owned helicopter. Bruno says all his trips on the helicopter were for state business.
...but imagine for a moment the uproar had, e.g., President Bush authorized secret surveillance against Nancy Pelosi after complaints about Pelosi's travel arrangements. Now, contrast that with the Lefty uproar you won't be reading about Spitzer's surveillance of his political opponents. (more background here)
I'm not saying the Leftosphere is very selectively outraged...I'm just saying you shouldn't expect to hear a concerted Lefty outcry about this unless Eliot Spitzer becomes a Republican.