Elliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York, announced Tuesday that his more than twenty year marriage is officially coming to an end. Spitzer is the public figure who found himself embroiled in controversy when he was caught up in a prostitution scandal which found its way into the limelight.
It was back in 2008 during Spitzer’s tenure as governor of New York, that the New York Times reported on his usage of an escort service known as Emperors Club VIP. The newspaper wrote about Spitzer spending a couple of hours with a $1,000 per hour call girl, which later would be discovered to be just one of many confirmed visits. The known amount that the governor spent was found to be around $15,000 over multiple visits and liaisons.
Due to additional information which came to light, authorities believed the total amount Spitzer spent on prostitutes during his tenure to be closer to the six-figure mark.
The information regarding Spitzer’s steamy excursions came to the attention of authorities who were wiretapping the then New York Governor. The wiretaps were initiated as a result of investigations looking into suspicious money transfers made by Spitzer which were reported by his bank. It was suspected that the former New York official was hiding bribes, but the prostitution scandal discovered during the course of the investigations appears to have overshadowed the bribery and money-laundering suspicions.
Slida Wall Spitzer, the former governors wife, stood by his side throughout the 2008 scandal. Today however, it has been confirmed that after more than two decades, the couple has decided to end the marriage stating, “We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject.”
It is reported that Spitzer is now in a relationship with Lis Smith, the campaign aide known for working on Bill De Blasio’s run for mayor.
Smith, no stranger to politics, was the spokesperson for mayor De Blasio as the mayor-elect was trying to finish his campaign strong. She also worked on the Obama campaign in 2012.
Perhaps most relevant to the new rumors however, is that Smith recently worked with Spitzer during his campaign in running for city controller, which he lost in September. The news of Spitzer’s new romance came as a surprise to many, as Smith’s reputation was one of professionalism while working on Spitzer’s city controller campaign.
Some consider the recent news in a somewhat negative light considering that Smith and Spitzer were reportedly involved while the former governor was still married. According to Daily News, one insider stated, “This is the first scandal of the De Blasio administration.” The detail which appears to be raising eyebrows is not so much Smith was involved with a married man, but that the married man was Spitzer.
So it is that Elliot Spitzer and his wife have decided to end a marriage that survived two decades and a major scandal, but will not go the distance. In the wake of the disappointing news regarding Spitzer’s marriage, it appears the former governor already has a new love interest, former colleague Lis Smith.
By Daniel Worku