With disgraced Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, in the news it’s easy to forget the enormous embarrassment of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
Remember him? He frequented prostitutes and, after the news went public, swiftly resigned his post.
“The Illinois governor leaves his house in handcuffs,” Ragan’s newest editor, a one-time New Yorker, observed. “New York’s former governor wakes up in handcuffs.”
As many of you know, Spitzer is now writing a column for Slate.com. The column is about the economy and finance. Yawn. What a waste. It’s as if Henry Miller decided to write Tropic of Cancer about French cheese, not French women.
Of course, this Slate column is most likely the ex-governor’s first step in rebuilding his reputation. And last week, in response to a question about this column, Spitzer showed off his wit and levity.
At a Slate party, Financial Times writer John Gapper asked Spitzer how he was enjoying life as a columnist.
“It sucks,” he said with a grin. “I used to be governor of New York.”
Blagojevich's PR people should be thinking of "[Activity] sucks. I used to be governor of Illinois" responses right now. Of course, that "activity" will probably be prison.