Spitzer’s ‘Ex-Madam’ Running For Office. Anybody Else?

August 24, 2010  |  

She spent 10 years in finance and served as the vice president of a hedge fund, according to her website. Her name is Kristin Davis. She would, ordinarily sound like a decent candidate for governor, but then again, so would have former governor Eliot Spitzer, a man to whom Davis claims she provided prostitutes.

Davis pled guilty to the promotion of prostitution and served four months in jail, according to CNN.

Now, she feels qualified to run for governor of New York—which is entirely convenient, given that her alleged former customer, Spitzer, was one too.

So, now we have a former madam penetrating the political sphere, Eliot Spitzer shamed from that sphere and subsquently rewarded with a show on CNN, and then we have jokes like Alvin Greene running for South Carolina Senate.

Anybody else want to run for government and/or embarrass the political process?

Given the stubborn unemployment rates with which Americans grapple, the country’s infrastructural goals, and the plethora of actual, serious congressional and gubernatorial concerns we face—including prostitution—why does everybody and their madam think that now is the time to enter the political circuit and make a circus of the political process?

“I want to end the prohibition on marijuana,” Madame Davis states on her website.

Oh, really? What about prostitution? Would you like to end that too, or do have some brilliant political strategy that uses the sale of women’s bodies to generate moral and economic capital for the state of New York at large?

Giving people second chances at life is a good tenet to uphold in our society. But, this trend of rewarding unapologetically shady characters with visible platforms is disturbing.

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