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N.Y. Governor Finds Out What Isn't Free

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Pinch Hitter

Another brushback pitch against embattled New York Governor David Paterson. Already behind in the count over his alleged meddling in a domestic dispute involving a top aide, Paterson is also accused of violating state ethics laws by obtaining free tickets for last fall's World Series. A state report says he may have lied about his intention to pay for them.

The case has been referred to the Albany County district attorney and the state attorney general. Paterson could be hit with penalties nearing $100,000.

Condo Fee

An Illinois Republican congressional candidate, who is preaching the need for fiscal restraint, lost his condo in foreclosure last year. The Chicago Daily Herald reports Joe Walsh stopped making mortgage payments in May of 2008 and was evicted last fall.

Walsh says his experience helped him gain a better understanding of what many Americans are facing across the country, explaining that he's not a "wealthy man." However, he did not address why he failed to disclose the foreclosure during his primary campaign.

The Oldest Profession?

You can't say there's no sex appeal in politics. "Manhattan Madam" Kristin Davis, who claimed to supply former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer with call girls, thinks she would be great at his old job.

She's running for governor on a platform of fixing the budget crisis by legalizing prostitution and marijuana, what she calls "P squared:" prostitution and pot.

Porn star Stormy Daniels is still flirting with a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Her fans have been trying to convince her to commit since Republican incumbent David Vitter was linked to a Washington prostitution ring in 2007.

Eight Is Enough

And the newest candidate for California governor is the eighth husband of show biz icon Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Prince Frederic von Anhalt is running as an independent, also supports legalizing prostitution and pot, and says he is motivated by the mistakes of another celebrity politician: outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.

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