Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A madam-turned-candidate who faced off against former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the city comptroller's race last year pleaded guilty Friday in a prescription drug-dealing case unveiled in the middle of the campaign.
Kristin Davis admitted to selling sleeping pills, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety drugs illegally to an FBI informant between January and April 2013. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Davis peddled "hundreds of highly addictive and dangerous prescription pills."
Davis, 38, could face up to five years in prison at a July 25 sentencing, though her lawyer said he'd argue for no prison time for her.
"Today, Ms. Davis took responsibility" for the sales, attorney Daniel Hochheiser said, adding that she was glad to remain free, at least for now, to pursue education and "moving on with her life."
Davis was arrested in August, when she was a third-party candidate in a decidedly unconventional comptroller's race.
Davis, who openly describes herself as an "ex-Manhattan madam," pleaded guilty in 2008 to promoting prostitution and spent about four months in jail. She was arrested weeks after Spitzer was identified as a client of another escort service and resigned as governor. Davis has long said she also provided call girls to Spitzer; her claim hasn't been proven.
Davis then turned her attention from prostitution to politics. Her platform has included decriminalizing prostitution and legalizing and taxing marijuana, and her campaigns have capitalized on her notoriety, her allegations about Spitzer and her made-for-reality-TV persona.
She ran for governor in 2010 as a candidate of her Anti-Prohibition Party, drawing more than 20,000 votes.
Then she launched her comptroller bid last year, three months before Spitzer jumped into the Democratic primary just days before the deadline to file. Davis, who has lambasted Spitzer for years, greeted his candidacy with glee.
"This is our next city comptroller?" she said at the time. She noted that she went to jail for promoting prostitution; Spitzer was never charged with any crime, although he acknowledged patronizing call girls.
Davis' candidacy stalled after her arrest. She ultimately didn't file petitions to get on the ballot, according to the city Board of Elections.
Spitzer lost in the primary to then-Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who went on to win the comptroller's seat.
Associated Press writer Larry Neumeister contributed to this report.