Jun 04

Where’s Eliot Spitzer when you really need him?

Well, here’s another sure sign of a recession: Nevada’s legal bordello business is down 25 to 45 percent.Mustang
Talk about performance issues.

George Flint, director of the Nevada Brothel Owners’ Association (and how does one get that gig, this blogger would like to know?) credits skyrocketing diesel fuel prices for the ‘business interruptus’, if you will.

Truckers are the big (ouch!) customers of places like the Wild Horse Adult Spa and Mustang Ranch. But, you can’t get there from here with diesel going for $4.50 a gallon.

So, here’s my solution. Put Eliot Spitzer back to work. Send him to Nevada as a goodwill ambassador. Maybe he publishes a Zagat’s style guide for patrons? What brothel wouldn’t want a ‘five Spitz’ rating? Or, how about the gov making personal appearances tied in to his upcoming blockbuster book, ‘I was client nine.’? Worst case scenario, Eliot ‘injects’ some much needed capital into the state’s flaccid economy by paying his usual $450 per hour (instead of rural Nevada’s going rate of $175 per).

Mr. Flint, I KNOW Mr. Spitzer is the answer to your woes. Mr. Spitzer, why not put all that down time to good use? After all, idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

Mar 19

Patterson seems to be everything Spitzer wasn’t

If his speech is any indication, New York’s new governor will be everything his predecessor wasn’t. InPaterson
addition to being the first blind and black governor of the empire state, David A. Patterson appears to be the ‘yin’ to Elliot Spitzer’s ‘yang.’ To wit:

– Patterson is inclusive and reached out across party lines to ask Republicans and Democrats alike to work together. Sptizer’s pit bull tactics, on the other hand, only served to isolate and anger Albany lawmakers.

– Patterson’s manner was folksy, warm and self-deprecating as opposed to Spitzer’s argumentative and combative style.

– Patterson (and his wife) both came clean asap on prior affairs, thereby circumventing any investigative reporting and subsequent media circus on the subject. No need to compare Spitzer’s transparency on a similar subject.

Patterson has a long way to go and many hurdles to clear, but if day one is any indication, he’s off and running. Communications pros, young and old, should look at ‘the speech’ as a textbook example of connecting with an audience, inspiring confidence and setting the stage for progress. The new governor may be legally blind, but his vision for New York’s future seems crystal clear.

Thanks to Ken Jacobs for the idea.