Eliot Spitzer, with his wife again at his side, announced his resignation in a short press conference this morning. The New York governor apologized for his "private" misconduct, again without making direct reference to the prostitution scandal that has ended his political career. "I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me," he said. “I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.”
The resignation will take effect Monday, Spitzer said, at the request of Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who will take over as governor. Spitzer said he would, at some point, resume efforts to “serve the public good,” but outside of politics. "Our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall," he added. Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno will become lieutenant governor. Spitzer's lawyers were in talks today with the US attorney's office in New York to work out a plea deal to avoid prosecution, sources tell CNN.