34 Facts About Eliot Spitzer

1. Eliot Spitzer began his career as an attorney in private practice with New York law firms before becoming a prosecutor with the office of the New York County District Attorney.

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2. Eliot Spitzer was elected Governor of New York in 2006 by the largest margin of any candidate, but his tenure would last less than two years after it was uncovered he patronized a prostitution ring.

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3. Since leaving the governorship, Eliot Spitzer worked as a television host and an adjunct instructor at City College of New York, along with engaging in real estate activity and making private investments in a start-up company.

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4. Eliot Spitzer ran for New York City Comptroller in 2013, losing the Democratic nomination to the eventual winner, Scott Stringer.

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5. Eliot Spitzer was raised in the affluent Riverdale section of the Bronx.

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6. Eliot Spitzer is a 1977 graduate of Horace Mann School.

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7. Eliot Spitzer stayed there for less than two years before leaving to join the New York County District Attorney's office.

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8. Eliot Spitzer joined the staff of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, where he became chief of the labor-racketeering unit and spent six years pursuing organized crime.

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9. Eliot Spitzer devised a plan to set up his own sweatshop in the city's garment district, where he turned out shirts, pants and sweaters, and hired 30 laborers.

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10. In late October 1998, Eliot Spitzer conceded that his father had lent him most of the campaign money he raised.

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11. Eliot Spitzer said, "I have worked long, long hours for my dad and for various businesses.

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12. In 2002 Eliot Spitzer ran for re-election and a second term as New York's Attorney General.

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13. New York State Senate Investigations committee considered investigating a controversial multi-million-dollar loan the governor's father Bernard Eliot Spitzer gave him when he ran for attorney general in 1998, a loan the younger Eliot Spitzer paid back.

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14. On December 8, 2004, Eliot Spitzer announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for governor of New York.

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15. In January 2006, Eliot Spitzer selected New York State Senate minority leader David Paterson as his choice for lieutenant governor and running mate.

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16. The New York Post opined, "Eliot Spitzer promised reform, and delivered something completely different" and termed the budget itself "bitterly disappointing.

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17. Eliot Spitzer was criticized by members of the New York State Legislature for failing to compromise on issues during his first few months as governor.

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18. The investigation looked into both Bruno's travel and the Senate leader's allegation that Eliot Spitzer used State Police to spy on him.

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19. On September 21, 2007, Eliot Spitzer issued an executive order directing that state offices allow illegal immigrants to be issued driver's licenses effective December 2007.

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20. Eliot Spitzer announced that the expiration dates of temporary visas would be printed on the driver's licenses of individuals living in the country with them.

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21. Eliot Spitzer added, "'I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family'".

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22. Eliot Spitzer used that fame to enter politics and in 2006 became governor of New York: a perfect springboard for the White House.

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23. Eliot Spitzer was dubbed the "Luv Guv" and forced into a political wilderness.

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24. Eliot Spitzer offered an apology, saying, "I appreciate the impartiality and thoroughness of the investigation by the US Attorney's Office, and I acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conduct it disclosed.

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25. In September 2009, Eliot Spitzer joined the faculty of the City College of New York as an adjunct instructor of political science and taught an undergraduate course called "Law and Public Policy".

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26. Eliot Spitzer concluded the piece by saying that he hoped the Obama Administration would make the right policy choices, "although mistakes I made in my private life now prevent me from participating in these issues as I have in the past.

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27. Eliot Spitzer became a regular columnist for Slate magazine and in December 2008 Slate published the first of a new series of columns by Eliot Spitzer dedicated to the economy.

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28. Eliot Spitzer took on various public speaking arrangements, beginning with a discussion with the New York chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization on June 17, 2009.

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29. Eliot Spitzer made a number of television appearances in 2009 and 2010, including Real Time with Bill Maher and Campbell Brown, as well as appearing as a substitute anchor on MSNBC.

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30. In 2012, Eliot Spitzer became an investor in TipRanks, an Israeli financial technology start-up company that ranks Wall Street analysts.

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31. Eliot Spitzer commented that he was asking for forgiveness, and hopeful that voters could forgive him.

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32. Eliot Spitzer lost the primary on September 10, 2013, to Scott Stringer.

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33. Eliot Spitzer sold his company's apartments in The Corinthian and the Crown Building for a large profit, which he used to fund a $700 million project of three waterfront buildings in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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34. In 2019, Eliot Spitzer announced his engagement to Roxana Girand, founder and president of real estate agency Sebastian Capital.

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