Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign

Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign

by Lloyd Constantine

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The March 10, 2008, disclosure that Governor Eliot Spitzer had patronized prostitutes from the Emperors Club VIP sex ring shocked New Yorkers and his admirers around the world, who had celebrated Spitzer as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" and a likely future U.S. president.

Ironically, one man's disillusionment with Spitzer had begun to disappear fifteen hours earlier, when Spitzer confessed what the rest of the world would soon learn in a media storm of unprecedented intensity. For Lloyd Constantine, Spitzer's senior advisor and longtime friend, the confession explained the governor's recently erratic behavior and marked the end of a "plague year," which encompassed the troubled Spitzer administration and its flawed transition to power.

Journal of the Plague Year is Constantine's intimate account of the seventeen calamitous months preceding the March 10 revelations and the futile sixty-one-hour battle waged by the author and the governor's wife to persuade Spitzer not to resign but instead to fulfill promises made to the voters who had elected him in a record landslide. The book concludes a month after Spitzer and Constantine resigned, as they confronted their shattered careers. People seeking information about Spitzer and prostitutes will find none here. Instead, they will learn how the Spitzer regime suffered crippling setbacks after the governor declared war with the legislature in his inaugural address, including defeat over the choice of a comptroller, a premature effort to end Republican control of the state senate, capitulation on a mediocre $122 billion budget negotiated behind closed doors, the scandal called "Troopergate," and a controversial plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens, which sparked a national debate affecting the 2008 presidential election.

Spitzer and his administration got their bearings at the beginning of 2008. However, the March 2008 revelations and Spitzer's refusal to fight for his job quickly ended his short and tragic reign.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620873441
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 404,726
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lloyd Constantine is counsel of Constantine Cannon LLP, a commercial litigation firm in New York and Washington, D.C., with an internationally acclaimed antitrust practice. He was senior advisor to New York governor Eliot Spitzer from January 2007 until March 2008. His book Journal of the Plague Year chronicles that experience. Priceless: The Case That Brought Down the Visa/MasterCard Bank Cartel is his book about his role as lead counsel for the victorious plaintiffs in a long legal struggle that resulted in the largest antitrust settlement in American history. He writes a regular column called The Weekender, about government and public policy, and is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines across the country, and most recently, The New York Times, Business Week, and the Albany Times Union.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

How I Came to Be the Old Guy 1

Damaged on Arrival: The Spitzer Transition 13

Silda the Seer 28

Eliot's Roundtable 39

Eliot's Inaugural Taunt 47

An Early War with the Assembly and Attempt to Seize the Senate 59

Flipping the Senate 65

The Battleship in the Bathtub 71

Stiffing the Judges 89

The Recent Unpleasantness 99

TRU Drags Us Down 135

Changing Course or Changing the Subject? 169

The Retreat at Eliot's Farm 186

Turning the Corner 193

Heading into the Stretch 217

61 Hours 237

What Now? 263

Acknowledgments 281

Index 285

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