Spitzer's Fall Shocks Biographer

Friends call him a 'Boy Scout,' but governor kept secrets well hidden
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2008 7:43 AM CDT
With his wife Silda Wall Spitzer holding the car door, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer arrives at his Fifth Avenue apartment, Monday, March 10, 2008, in New York. Spitzer, the crusading politician who built...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Eliot Spitzer's biographer was as shocked as anyone to discover his involvement with a prostitution ring yesterday. The New York governor was regarded as a devoted and faithful husband, and his college girlfriends still spoke fondly of him. The whole debacle, writes Brooke Masters in the Financial Times, "serves as a shocking reminder that even the most public figures can have unexpected facets."

Resignation is imminent for a man who "had been so much of a Boy Scout that he still had some wild oats to sow." But Masters reiterates that, since his election by a record-breaking majority, Spitzer had not been the most impressive of governors. He was implicated in a scandal in which aides were accused of leaning on the police to gather opposition research.