Pelosi Reacts to Spitzer Scandal

By Lindsay Hamilton

Mar 14, 2008 1:49pm

ABC News’ Lindsay Hamilton reports: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reacted to the Gov. Elliot Spitzer, D-N.Y., prostitution scandal Friday in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

Pelosi said the scandal is "sad, very sad for his family, tragic, hard to understand."

To see a clip from the interview click here.

"I feel very sad for the Spitzer family, for his parents, who are lovely, and for his wife and children.  And I pray that they can be made whole," Pelosi added.

"What is it about powerful men, do you think — politicians — that they get into these situations?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"Well, I wouldn’t just ascribe it to — I’m sure that this is not confined to politics and that there are some, you know — these things happen in every walk of life," Pelosi responded.

The Speaker also looked ahead to Monday when Lt. Gov. David Paterson will be sworn in as New York’s governor.

"As we go forward, David Paterson is absolutely great," Pelosi said. "He’s just going to be a spectacular governor of New York. I’m a big fan of his. I’ve watched him in the state senate over the years and I wish him much success."

You can see George Stephanopoulos’ full interview with Speaker Pelosi Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." For air times in your town, click here.

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