Spitzer Walks Long Road to Redemption
Ex-guv working on normal life; his future is unclear
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2009 2:22 PM CDT
The April 27 issue of Newsweek includes "'How Could I?': The Confessions of Eliot Spitzer."   (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)

(Newser) – As he returns to the public eye, Eliot Spitzer is working on being a normal person—a daunting task for a man long accustomed to power, Jonathan Darman writes in a Newsweek cover story. He’s grown less image-conscious, often spotted jogging around New York in sweatpants. And he makes no bones about having disgraced himself and his family. "No question about that," Spitzer says, admitting he knew hiring a prostitute was wrong.

Some may be ready to forgive Spitzer the man. When he’s recognized on the street, “it's a full range of emotions: I love you. I hate you,” says a friend. But “Spitzer the politician will always have to answer for being Client No. 9,” Darman writes. For now, he’s content as a political commentator with a unique perspective. As for the future: “I know what I'm running from," he says. "What am I turning toward, that's the bigger problem."

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FreeThemAll
Apr 20, 2009 6:09 AM CDT
Clinton is a scum bag because he cheated on his wife while President, and got caught. Kennedy cheated on his wife and didn't get caught, that's all right he was a great man. As a life long Democrat, I liked them both, but I don't understand the double standard.
woodyTX
Apr 20, 2009 4:21 AM CDT
Agree KKGuy. He knows his stuff. Give him a chance. His brains are hanging between his legs but they're working OK.
kokuaguy
Apr 20, 2009 3:08 AM CDT
Spitzer did not try to cover up or excuse his misconduct. It did betray a troubling arrogance and recklessness; however, he did the honorable thing (unlike Clinton when outed) and should be given another chance. It's undeniable that the country needs leaders with his financial and law enforcement expertise at this time.