Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times on PBS’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, talking to reporter Ray Suarez:
It’s hard to say, though, whether really anyone would be standing up for his right to stay in office if these charges are true. And, in fact, I think that if it turns out these charges are true and he publicly admits exactly what has happened, there would be extraordinary pressure from him or on him from within his own party to resign, especially if the Republicans, who’ve threatened impeachment, if they followed through on that, I’m not sure that Democrats in the State Senate and the State Assembly want to go on record opposing impeachment of a guy who has been arrested and charged with a crime of prostitution.
Whatever he may have done: structuring payments, participating in transporting women across state lines for sexual purposes, Spitzer hasn’t been accused of being a prostitute. And that wasn’t the only place Confessore said the same thing.