What Spitzer Could Teach Tiger

Former NY gov's comeback shows it can be done
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2009 10:40 AM CST
What Spitzer Could Teach Tiger
Eliot Spitzer and wife Silda at a Texas Rangers-New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Aug. 25, 2009.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

(Newser) – Tiger Woods should take a lesson in scandal-management from Eliot Spitzer, Ravi Somaiya writes for Gawker. It's been less than two years since the ex-NY governor's hooker story broke, and he's still married and writing lauded op-eds in the New York Times. Some tips for Tiger:

  • Face the media. It's better to control the story yourself and cut out speculation.
  • Go to rehab. "It's a retreat from the world—one that looks contrite and encourages picture editors to send their photographers to stalk another celeb."

  • Don't bail on what you're good at. Get back on the golf course, Tiger.
  • Don't hide. Spitzer started turning up at events a few months after the scandal broke.
  • Have a sense of humor. When asked about his new columnist gig, Spitzer cracked, "It sucks. I used to be governor of New York."
  • Be candid, but know when to zip it. Spitzer was totally open in a Vanity Fair story, but for the most part he kept quiet. Compare that to "the cowardly statements Woods puts out on his website when he has something to say."
(Read more Eliot Spitzer stories.)

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