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The Sheriff of Wall Street Spitzer is hosting a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate, Ed Markey (D) on March 13th:

Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor-turned-TV-host who’s often rumored to be looking at an electoral comeback, is co-hosting a fundraiser for Rep. Ed Markey’s Senate run in Massachusetts.

The event is at the home of Spitzer’s sister, Emily, in Washington on March 13, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.

Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall, are listed on the host committee-in-formation. It’s one of a small number of fundraisers Spitzer has been involved with since he stepped down from the governor’s office in March 2008 amid scandal.

Last May, he hosted a fundraiser for Washington state gubernatorial hopeful Jay Inslee. - Politico, 2/19/13

Cue the GOP whambulance:

Kirsten Hughes, chair of the state Republican party, said in a statement that Markey should withdraw.

“You are judged by the company you keep and it’s disgusting for Congressman Markey to rub elbows with a man best known for his solicitation of prostitutes,” Hughes said. “Instead of lining his campaign coffers with donations from the disgraced Eliot Spitzer, Markey should immediately cancel the fundraiser and denounce Spitzer’s abhorrent and unacceptable behavior. Anything short of a public condemnation and cancellation would send the wrong message to women everywhere.” - Boston Globe, 2/19/13

But Markey's campaign shot back beautifully:
Markey’s spokeswoman, Giselle Barry, said the event would not be canceled. She instead challenged Republican candidates to sign a pact, known as the People’s Pledge, designed to limit the influence of political action committees. Markey and his Democratic primary opponent, Representative Stephen Lynch, have already signed the agreement, which imposes self-regulated financial penalties on the campaigns if outside groups spend money on their behalf.

“If the Massachusetts GOP really cared about campaign finance issues they would take its potential nominees to task for refusing to sign the people’s pledge,” she wrote. “Instead of feigning outrage over one fundraiser, the Massachusetts Republican Party should immediately demand all its declared candidates follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Ed Markey, and Stephen Lynch by signing the pledge.” - Boston Globe, 2/19/13

Spitzer's fundraising events didn't hurt Jay Inslee (D. WA) when he ran for governor and I am glad that Spitzer is helping Markey raise the funds he needs to win this race.  Despite what happened to Spitzer, I still respect the man for his work in cracking down on Wall Street:

Markey will make an excellent colleague for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) who also is one of Wall Street's worst enemies:

Every time the GOP cries, Ed Markey gets another dollar for his campaign.  The fundraiser may not be until next month but how about helping out Markey now so he can win this year's special election:

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:18 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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