Spitzer's popularity takes a tumble


Since Eliot Spitzer rode into the New York Governor’s Mansion partly on the backs of radio broadcasters from his phony payola probe as the state’s attorney general, broadcasters may be heartened to learn that Spitzer has pretty much derailed his own political career in only 11 months in office.

First he was embroiled in scandal when it was learned that some of his top aides were illegally using the state police to investigate his political enemies. (Spitzer himself denied any knowledge of the misdeeds.) And more recently he ran into a buzz-saw of public criticism with a proposal to issue New York drivers licenses to illegal aliens – a plan he has now abandoned under pressure.

A year ago Spitzer won the governorship with 69% of the votes. A Siena College Research Institute survey released this week found 64% of New Yorkers disapprove of Spitzer’s job performance. Only 25% of voters now say they would vote for Spitzer, while 49% favor "someone else." Even among fellow Democrats, only 37% say they would vote to reelect Spitzer.

RBR/TVBR observation: Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.