Governor Spitzer needs some crisis help

March 10, 2008

In case you haven’t seen the story, Gov Eliot Spitzer of New York has been identified as “Client 9”, caught by a federal investigation into a prostitution ring.

“How have the mighty fallen.” There is something tragic and fascinating watching someone’s life and career disintegrate, but I must say particularly when that person has built a career on moral rectitude and rooting out corruption among the mighty. It is painfully reminiscent of the likes of Ted Haggard, the former evangelical leader caught in horrible moral failure. It is gripping to watch those who hold an elevated position fall, because the higher they are, the farther the fall. But when they have climbed those heights based on a moral message or crusade, the devastation due to moral failings is all the greater.

So, crisis managers, can the Governor survive? And if so, what should his strategy be to try to maintain not only his position, but his moral ground?

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2 Responses to “Governor Spitzer needs some crisis help”

  1. John Says:

    Can he survive? Yes – if he is truthful and transparent. The temptation is to “spin” and try to control the fall, ala Roger Clemens. Look – admit your mistake. Be honest. Move on and don’t do it again. Very simple.

  2. Chris Says:

    At best, Spitzer may not go to jail. Today, obviously, his resignation was tendered with no conditions on his cooperation with an investigation.
    Surviving a crisis is one thing – surviving multiple felony counts in another. Amercia has a short memory but political parties do not – his life in politics ended the moment the story broke. The opposition will work as hard if not harder on a communication strategy to bring it up again and again and there is no way around that.


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