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Wall Street vents on Spitzer portrait

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  • Artist Geoffrey Raymond working on a painting of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer
  • After scandal broke, Raymond invited Wall Street pedestrians to write on his painting
  • Comments range from "good riddance" to "nah-nah-nah;" a few are sympathetic
  • Many in the New York financial world are taking pleasure in Spitzer's troubles
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A New York artist is giving denizens of Wall Street a place to express their opinions on Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall -- and the results are not pretty.


Artist Geoffrey Raymond invites New Yorkers to write comments on his painting of Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Geoffrey Raymond packed up a painting of the soon-to-be ex-governor he was working on and propped it up outside the Goldman Sachs building in Lower Manhattan during lunch hour on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Would you like to sign my painting?" he asked passers-by. "You'll feel better if you do."

After news broke Monday that Spitzer allegedly hired an expensive prostitute, many people at the Wall Street financial institutions he had once targeted for ethics violations as New York attorney general took pleasure in his troubles.

"There's a general loathing of Spitzer here," Raymond said.

Dozens stopped to annotate the painting, which Raymond described as "Jackson Pollock-esque."

They wrote notes such as "liar, liar, pants on fire" and "it's karma time, Eliot!"

Most comments were nasty, ranging from "Good riddance" to "You screwed up" to "Nah-nah-nah."

A few people were kinder, simply writing "Good luck" or "God bless."

Pedestrians on Wall Street didn't hesitate to voice their opinions, either.

"This was a long time coming," said Mike Kuzimce, who works in finance.

"I think it was very hypocritical," said Sam Arabiat, who also is in finance. "He went around preaching to everyone, and then he did exactly the opposite of what he was preaching for.

"Do I believe in karma? I guess I do now."

Raymond, who gained some attention when he similarly displayed a painting of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, sees the act as a type of catharsis.

"This is more than a gag and punch line," he said. "I like giving people the opportunity to say what they want to say."

And in the Wall Street spirit of entrepreneurism, he's already put the picture up for sale on eBay asking for a starting bid of $3,999. Bidding ends Wednesday. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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