Question: Are you satisfied with Eliot Spitzer’s performance as governor?
No. Perhaps Spitzer has become more of a media target as governor – before his election he had such a squeaky clean reputation but it seems like everything we read about him in the press lately is bad. He has pros and cons like any other person in office.
–Nachi Kleinman, student
Yes. He understands and sympathizes with the middle class and always tries to go after monopolies and conglomerates. I understand that he was criticized for trying to discredit State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno by using the State Police, but Nixon did the same thing and for a while he was a popular president. Spitzer and Nixon seem to share the same political paranoia, but I still view Spitzer as “the people’s lawyer.”
–Joseph Stern, student
No. I can never look at him the same way again after what’s gone on recently. That he would even consider granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses is absurd. Illegal is the key word here; he would have legitimized illegal behavior. In addition, the whole controversy with Bruno, when his administration used the police for political purposes, shows he isn’t above undermining democracy.
– Izzie Fink, office manager
No. I remember that whenever my grandmother had consumer issues she would quickly call Spitzer’s office. I was excited when he ran for governor because New York needs a tough politician in office; lately, however, I’ve become disillusioned with him. He is a stubborn man who, it seems, must have things go his way. He is a good lawyer, but he expresses himself in the wrong manner. Right now my opinion of him has changed.
–Mordechai Karczag, student