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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of
Eliot Spitzer (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 117 Minutes.
Not for children.
Just because you are paranoid
doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out to get you. So just because
Alex Gibney is a propagandist for his point of view rather than a
documentarian doesn’t mean that his point of view is always so biased as
to be wrong (as it was in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,
and Casino Jack and the United States of Money). In fact, this
film about Eliot Spitzer, who was forced to resign his position as
Governor of New York because of a sex scandal, is enlightening. Rather
than attacking Spitzer, it is exceptionally sympathetic to him, who made
his name as a crusading Attorney General going after avaricious Captains
of Industry, like Hank Greenberg of AIR and Ken Langone of Home Depot.
These two guys had so much hubris (of which they condemned Spitzer) that
they consented to sit for interviews with Gibney. They didn’t realize
what Gibney could do to them. He takes their interviews and makes them
look like fat, bloated, craven devils.
Gibney paints a lot of people
as bad guys here, everyone but Spitzer. For the record, and not
mentioned in the movie, Spitzer is a down-the-line liberal, a guy born
with a silver spoon in his mouth. Educated at the best schools, his
father, Bernard, a real estate developer, is worth an estimated $500
million, and backed his son’s political career 100%.
As Attorney General, Spitzer
went after many people who lined their own pockets while achieving the
level of Captains of Industry. One of the people he mentions is Sandy
Weill, a man I came to loathe for the way he managed his corporate
empire to line his own pockets. According to the film, Weill rewarded
Jack Grubman, an analyst who worked for Weill’s Salomon Smith Barney.
Grubman pumped up AT&T stock in return for which Weill got Grubman’s
twins into an exclusive pre school. According to Gibney, Grubman was
paid $20 million a year for this and other favors he did for Weill. Of
course millions of investors lost lots of money due to the way Grubman
pumped up stocks that weren’t worth what he said they were. He met his
corporate demise when he pumped up the stock of WorldCom just before it
declared bankruptcy. According to the film Salomon Smith Barney paid
Grubman $30 million for his silence.
Ken Langone is another guy
Spitzer went after and who developed a vendetta to bury Spitzer. Gibney
hangs Langone with his own rope. His interviews capture him as a
merciless autocrat. Langone, who founded Home Depot, approved a hugely
controversial separation package for Dick Grasso, who was the head of
the “not for profit” New York Stock Exchange, of $140 million, an amount
that outraged lots of people on and off Wall Street. Langone said he
felt that Grasso was worth “every penny.”
Another of Gibney’s hapless
victims is AIG head Hank Greenberg, who built AIG into a company worth
$157 billion. He’s quoted as saying, “All I want is an unfair
advantage.” How could guys so smart in getting as much of other people’s
money as these be so gullible as to sit and be interviewed by a sharpie
Spitzer was way ahead of the
curve in going after these avaricious megalomaniacs. But he made lots of
powerful enemies; enough to persuade U.S. Attorney for the Southern
District of New York, Michael Garcia, to take Spitzer off the
investigation of Hank Greenberg. Showing hubris of his own, Garcia then
led the prosecution that resulted in Spitzer’s downfall after Greenberg
and Langone hired Private Investigators to investigate Spitzer.
There’s a lot more in this
film that people didn’t know. For instance, Ashley Dupree, the girl most
often mentioned as Spitzer’s main call girl, had only one date with
Spitzer, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. He did have a
regular hooker, but she declined to appear on film, allowing an actress
to appear and mouth her lines.
The film does touch on the
dichotomy between Spitzer being forced to resign his governorship for
using a prostitute when Bill Clinton got a pass for all his sexual
shenanigans, only one of which was having oral sex in the Oval Office.
Spitzer is still a devoted
left-winger, and has been rewarded by CNN with his own talk show. But he
was on the right track when he went after Wall Street and this film