It's official: Eliot Spitzer is back.
After making a few steps into the public spotlight over the last six months, the former Guv is now making the rounds to apologize -- and comment on Wall Street's turmoil.
Could a return to public service be in his future?
Spitzer was on Today this morning. The interview with Matt Lauer focused on what Spitzer described as "egregious" mistakes -- his own, and that of Wall Street and its regulators (yep, he talked about them more or less the same way).
The LA Times examined the now often-traveled return arc that Spitzer is following. Said the one-time Steamroller in the piece:
"I think it's fair to say, in some state of crisis economically, I have an urge to try to participate and contribute in some small way if I can.
"I'm taking this really one step at a time. I enjoy writing. Earlier in my career most of the writing I did was as a lawyer, which is, as you can imagine, rather turgid and not as snappy as journalistic writing."
(Note to the former governor: you might want to avoid using the words "urge" and "turgid.")
Spitzer seems to be more comfortable in public now, too. He and his wife were recently spotted riding the Acela from DC to NYC -- and ES apparently was happy to shake hands and meet people while they waited for the train.
"Who could know better about the failure of self-regulation than someone who has a sexual addiction? And who could understand the power of greed better than one who regularly succumbs to sexual compulsion?"
Whether Eliot Spitzer ever scores (hey now) another public job or not, he can count on this: he has a $25,000/year state pension waiting for him.
Earlier on AOA:
+ The spitzering: one year later
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