MSNBC host asks Eliot Spitzer: Should prostitution be legal?

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, July 8, 2013 19:17 EDT
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Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (Screenshot)
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Eliot Spitzer thinks he can regain the public’s trust. Just don’t ask him about legalizing prostitution.

During an appearance on MSBNC to promote his campaign for New York City’s comptroller’s office, host Michael Smerconish asked Spitzer if prostitution should be legalized.

“I’m not the right person [to ask],” Spitzer responded. “I think that, no. When I was governor, I was proud of the fact — and this is what caused attention — that we passed much tougher human trafficking laws. And I think the problem is that prostitution is, in fact, it is integrally related with other parts of criminal activity that is fundamentally wrong, dangerous, violative, on any dimension.

“If people are saying, look, two people consensually having sex and there’s money,” he continued. “When you define it that benignly, it sounds somewhat like smoking dope and people say, ah ha, decriminalize it. But it is integrally related with other aspects of criminal behavior.”

As New York’s Attorney General, Spitzer had cracked down on prostitution. His crack down on prostitution continued after he became governor, but in 2008 he was reportedly caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute in Washington. Spitzer resigned not long after.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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