Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Now the whole country has heard Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno decry the use of State Police against him, Gov. Eliot SpitzerÃ‚Â sort of take responsibility for theÃ‚Â matter and a pollster repeat the oft-asked question, “What did the governor know, and whenÃ‚Â did he know it?”Ã‚Â
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The scandal was laid out for viewers ofÃ‚Â NBC-TV’s Ã‚Â “Today” show across the country this morning for a couple minutes. Correspondent Natalie Morales called the situation “a cautionary tale for a governor who came into office with his guns blazing.” the segment included a clip from Spitzer’s inaugural, when he vowed to clean up Albany.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â “To use the power of the State Police to go after a political rival, to destroy the opposition party, that is serious,” Bruno said in an interview in his Capitol office.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Spitzer came off defensive. “Nobody has pointed to a single thing, nor will they be able to, that I personally misstepped,” he told NBC. “But I’m taking responsibility.”
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff then appeared to recite the when-did-he-know-what quote.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Morales then pointed out that as many as four separate agences could probe the situation, and that could be a distraction to actual governing for months.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â No kidding.