Spitzer: 'What I Did Was Egregious'

Former guv has tried to address his 'gremlins'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 6, 2009 9:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer opened up about his “egregious” call-girl dalliance and subsequent resignation on NBC's Today this morning. Spitzer, who also discussed his re-emergence as a Slate columnist, claimed that he didn’t hire prostitutes frequently—“not long in the grand context of my life”—but did not make excuses for his behavior.

“Like most of us, I suppose, I’ve had flaws. I’ve tried to think about it deeply, address it. There are no excuses. I have tried to address these gremlins; confront them. What I did was an egregious violation of trust to my family, to my colleagues, to the state, and I’ve paid a price and appropriately so,” Spitzer said. “I’m a very fortunate guy. I have a spectacular wife, three daughters who are wonderful. I’ve been forgiven.”

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda Wall Spitzer stands next to him March 12, 2008.   (Getty Images)
Then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer arrives for church in this Jan. 1, 2007 file photo. From left are, daughter Jenna; wife Silda Wall Spitzer; and daughters Elyssa and Sarabeth.   (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File)
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., in this Dec. 12, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
In this March 10, 2008 file photo, New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer is joined by his wife Silda as he makes a statement to reporters during a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
In this March 12, 2008, file photo, Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation as New York governor.   (AP Photo)
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