March 10, 2008
Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy
As I said in this post, sometimes calling for the boss’s head is a mistake, and that
an alternative — an honest apology, some kind of retribution, and a clear and conspicuous post-mortem
can often be a better way for an organization to move forward after a leader-involved crisis.
But not today. Elliot Spitzer has to go. The hypocrisy he displayed in running a law and order campaign, administration, and career, using his office as a bully pulpit and unnecessarily ruining innocent people’s careers to stroke his own ego, while willfully breaking the law himself in the manner that he did, is way too much for an elected official at that level.
I just hope the relevant prosecutors here don’t make a deal that lets him off the hook if he resigns his office. That would be an ultimate, final abuse of power.