Why Spitzer's Wife Has Been Noticeably Absent

Silda Wall Spitzer isn't thrilled with his return to politics

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 17, 2013 8:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – Democratic voters may have forgiven Eliot Spitzer, but it looks like his wife may not have. A regular presence by his side on previous election campaigns, Silda Wall Spitzer has been nowhere to be seen on this one, the New York Times reports. Though the couple has not separated, she and the former New York governor are currently living 18 blocks apart in separate apartments. It's a stark contrast to Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, notes the Times, who has been a prominent fixture by his side during his mayoral bid.

While Eliot hits the talk-show circuit, Silda is back working 60-hours a week at a private equity firm as well as overseeing a kids' charity. Her boss says she's given no indication that she'll be taking any time off work to join her husband on the campaign. So far, Silda hasn't even issued a statement of support for his run at comptroller—probably because she's not such a fan of Eliot's renewed political ambitions, according to friends. "To be honest, she’d probably rather he didn’t do it," says one pal. Her husband, for his part, gives responses "that range from awkward to evasive" when asked where she is, notes the Times.

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer takes his oath of office in this Jan. 1, 2007 file photo, at the New York State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., as his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, watches.  The New York Times is reporting Monday, March 10, 2008 that Gov. Eliot Spitzer has told...
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer takes his oath of office in this Jan. 1, 2007 file photo, at the New York State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., as his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, watches. The New York Times is reporting...   (AP Photo/Jim McKnight, File)
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