Eliot Spitzer, the former Governor of New York who resigned amid a prostitution scandal, has announced that he and his wife of 20 years are calling it quits. The New York Post and The New York Daily News have confirmed with Spitzer’s spokesperson that his marriage has come to an end.
Eliot Spitzer and his wife Silda issued a joint press release announcing their split and declining to speak any further on the subject.
The Announcement said:
“We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject”.
The New York Post broke a story recently that Eliot Spitzer has been seen around the city with Lis Smith. Smith is currently the spokesperson for Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio. Smith was also Spitzer’s former spokesperson when he was Governor. Eliot Spitzer and Smith have been seen getting very close at area restaurants and the media photographed him coming to Smith’s house late at night and not leaving until early in the morning the next day.
Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York after it came to light that he frequented a prostitution service where he was purchasing $5,000 per night call girls. Following his resignation he had taken to the airwaves as a co host of the CNN program “In The Arena”. He then went on to host his own show on the TV station Current called “Viewpoint”.
This past year Eliot Spitzer tried to mount a political comeback by running for New York City Comptroller. He was defeated in the race by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Political observers had noted at the time that his wife Silda did not join him on the campaign trail. It was widely reported (see video below) that the Spitzers planned to get divorced following the election. It is estimated that Eliot Spitzer is worth close to $50 million dollars so a divorce between the couple could turn especially nasty.
Do you think that Eliot Spitzer ever deserves to hold political office again?