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Ex-madam running against Eliot Spitzer busted on suspicion of selling drugs

August 06, 2013|By Walter Hamilton
  • Kristin M. Davis speaks during the 2010 New York gubernatorial debate held at Hoftstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., in October 2010.
Kristin M. Davis speaks during the 2010 New York gubernatorial debate held… (Kathy Kmonicek / AP )

The Wall Street madam running against Eliot Spitzer for New York City comptroller was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs -- probably a negative for her campaign.

Kristin Davis, a busty platinum blond who ran a high-end prostitution business, was arrested on charges of selling prescription drugs, including oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin and Percocet.

David “sold hundreds of prescription pills containing amphetamine, alprazolam, zolpidem, and carisoprodol to a person she knew from prior purchases and sales to be a drug dealer,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. “Unbeknownst to Davis, the person was a cooperating witness … with the FBI and equipped with a recording device.”

Davis, 38, was charged with four counts of of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to the government. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Davis was featured in “Inside Job,” a 2010 documentary excoriating Wall Street for its role in causing the 2008 global financial crisis. Davis alleged that many of her best customers hailed from Wall Street.

It’s unclear what Tuesday’s allegations could do to Davis’ quixotic political aspirations.

Selling drugs normally doesn’t enhance a political run. But who knows these days in New York’s sclerotic political world?

Davis is running against Spitzer, the former governor whose career was upended by a prostitution scandal.

Davis wasn't involved in Spitzer's downfall, although she has previously claimed to have supplied prostitutes to the ex-governor. (Spitzer denies that). Davis ultimately served four months at Riker's Island for heading a prostitution ring.

The big question: If there’s room in New York politics for disgraced politicos such as Spitzer and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, is there a spot for an allegedly drug-dealing ex-madam?


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