Trading desks across the United States stopped on Wednesday to watch the resignation speech of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, fascinated by the downfall of the man who built a career on investigating Wall Street crimes.
Spitzer had faced growing pressure to quit after The New York Times reported on Monday that he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet a prostitute at a Washington, D.C., hotel last month.
At around 11:45 a.m. EDT on Wednesday in New York, Spitzer finally resigned, with traders across the country agog.
"This is bigger than (Fed Chairman Ben) Bernanke, bigger than oil, and it may be even bigger than the Super Bowl," said Brian Taylor, head currency trader at M&T Bank in Buffalo, New York.