York ex-Gov. Spitzer, wife say marriage is over
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[December 26, 2013]
By Eric M. Johnson
(Reuters) — Former New York Governor Eliot
Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, said they are ending their
marriage, more than five years after she stood by his side as the
embattled Democrat resigned from office over a prostitution scandal.
"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," they said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday evening,
Known as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" during his tenure as New
York's attorney general, Spitzer was elected governor in a landslide
victory in 2006. But he saw his political career derailed after just
a year in office after he was exposed as a client in a prostitution
The image of Silda Wall Spitzer standing, stone-faced, at her
husband's side as the governor informed the public of his
resignation would later inspire the hit TV show "The Good Wife."
Spitzer attempted a political comeback this year, when he ran for
city comptroller as a largely self-funded candidate, but he was
defeated in the Democratic primary in September.
More recently, the city's tabloids reported the Spitzers, who were
married in 1987 and have three children, were living apart.
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This week, the former governor has been back on the tabloid's front
pages with reports he is in a relationship with his former campaign
spokeswoman, Lis Smith, who now works for New York City Mayor-elect
Bill de Blasio, who takes office Jan. 1.
(Additional reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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