Eliot Spitzer

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Spitzer Accused of Threatening Ex's Family, Man's Penis

Accusation comes with newly released audio

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer was cleared of choking his ex-girlfriend at a hotel two years ago, but the New York Daily News reports a lawyer for Svetlana Zakharova Travis wants the former New York governor arrested based on a newly released audio recording. “The recording really speaks for itself and these...

Woman Who Says Spitzer Choked Her Arrested: Cops

Svetlana Zakharova allegedly said she'd 'ruin his life' if ex-NY governor didn't pay up

(Newser) - A young Russian woman who put former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer back in the tabloid headlines last winter when she told doctors he had choked her at a Manhattan hotel has been arrested for trying to extort money from him, police say. Svetlana Zakharova, 26, was arrested Monday night...

Spitzer Accuser Is a Pricey Escort: Sources

The whole situation is a bit convoluted

(Newser) - The woman accusing Eliot Spitzer of assaulting her at the Plaza Hotel on Saturday is a $5,000-per-night escort, sources tell Inside Edition . She's been identified as Svetlana Travis, 25, and sources say she's the same "Svetlana Z" who wrote a Medium article in 2014 about having...

Eliot Spitzer Accused of Assaulting a Woman

NYPD investigating hotel incident

(Newser) - More disgrace for Eliot Spitzer? The NYPD is looking into allegations that the former New York governor assaulted a woman at the Plaza Hotel on Saturday night, sources tell CNN , the New York Daily News , and the New York Post . The sources say a 25-year-old Russian woman told police that...

Eliot Spitzer Choked Me in 'Struggle': Call Girl

Tell-all by Rebecca Woodard describes sex with the ex-gov

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer, rape fantasist? A call-girl who serviced the former New York governor says he liked to role-play a physical struggle and pin her down by the neck before they had sex, the New York Post reports. In her book, Call Girl Confidential, blonde escort Rebecca Woodard describes her $1,...

Merry, Er, Christmas: Spitzers Split

Their 'marital relationship' has come to an unshocking end

(Newser) - Almost five years after everyone expected Silda Wall Spitzer to dump Eliot, she finally got around to it: A day after the NY Post's gleeful report that the erstwhile Client No. 9 had a girlfriend , the couple announced their split in a Christmas Eve statement sure to warm the...

NY Post: Spitzer's Got a Girlfriend

Tabloid apparently stalking Client No. 9, worried he's not getting enough sleep

(Newser) - For you weary souls feeling bludgeoned by the whole Duck Dynasty saga , the New York Post is doggedly determined to make you think about something else, something you probably never wanted to scar your retinas with again: Eliot Spitzer's romantic life. Specifically, the affair that the somehow-still-married disgraced former...

Spitzer Comeback Bid Fails
 Spitzer Comeback Falls Short 

Spitzer Comeback Falls Short

He loses NYC comptroller primary to Scott Stringer

(Newser) - It's not a night for political comebacks in New York City: Eliot Spitzer has lost his bid to become city comptroller. The former governor lost the Democratic primary to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, whose campaign repeatedly brought up the prostitution scandal that brought down Spitzer in 2008. But...

Majority of New Yorkers Embarrassed by Weiner, Spitzer

And Weiner's popularity rating hits record low

(Newser) - The attempted comebacks of scandalized politicians Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer are doing the city of New York no great favors—or so say New Yorkers. A new Siena College poll found 68% of New York State voters and 62% of New York City voters are embarrassed by the "...

Spitzer: I'm Not Voting for Weiner

Says he'd fire any public employee for sexting, too

(Newser) - Ouch. When even the other sex-scandal candidate won't support you, you know you're in trouble. In an interview with MSNBC, Eliot Spitzer said he won't be voting for Anthony Weiner for mayor of New York City, and that he'd fire any public employee he caught sexting,...

Why Spitzer's Wife Has Been Noticeably Absent

Silda Wall Spitzer isn't thrilled with his return to politics

(Newser) - Democratic voters may have forgiven Eliot Spitzer, but it looks like his wife may not have. A regular presence by his side on previous election campaigns, Silda Wall Spitzer has been nowhere to be seen on this one, the New York Times reports. Though the couple has not separated, she...

Weiner, Spitzer Leading Polls

New poll finds scandal-plagued candidates are leading primary races

(Newser) - Perhaps any publicity really is good publicity. Despite their high-profile sex scandals—or maybe because of them—both Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer are leading their respective Democratic primary races, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University. The poll of 738 Democratic voters found 25% supported Weiner for mayor...

Spitzer: Wall St. 'Desperately' Wants Me to Lose

Would-be comptroller goes on Leno to made his case

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer followed in Hugh Grant's infamous hookin'-boot steps to Jay Leno's couch last night, continuing his string of mea culpas as he looks to re-enter the public arena via a run for New York City comptroller . Leno was to the point, notes the AP , asking the...

Spitzer Nabs 27K Signatures in Comptroller Run

Far more than required 3,750

(Newser) - It takes 3,750 signatures to get on the ballot for New York City's comptroller race—and Eliot Spitzer already has some 27,000, he says. "Against the odds and all predictions, and in light of some who tried to thwart the effort, I am pleased to announce...

Eliot Spitzer Kinda-Sorta Cries on TV

Seems to well up on Morning Joe; not everyone's buying it

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer might have cried on TV this morning, but we can't say for sure. He appeared, at least, to get emotional during an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe , after host Mika Brzezinski asked him to give a heartfelt answer to the question: "How are you different...

What Is Spitzer Thinking?

 What Is 

What Is Spitzer Thinking?

Comptroller run could heal bruised ego: experts

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer is back on the political scene —just like Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner—and apparently tearing up over his past transgressions this morning on Morning Joe. Which makes Politico wonder: What makes these guys tick? The simple answer, from Washington insiders, is egomania. "The essential thing...

Eliot Spitzer Is No Anthony Weiner
 Eliot Spitzer Is No 
 Anthony Weiner 

Eliot Spitzer Is No Anthony Weiner

Spitzer has a tougher road ahead: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - When you heard Eliot Spitzer is launching a comeback attempt , you may have been tempted to compare it to Anthony Weiner's similar attempt to get back into politics. But while Spitzer and Weiner are both "extremely outspoken Jewish New Yorkers whose sexual proclivities are far too well-known,"...

Eliot Spitzer Launches His Comeback

Client 9 to face old madam in 'funnest' run for NYC comptroller

(Newser) - Five years after a prostitution scandal forced him out of office , Eliot Spitzer is ready to face voters again—and, just like Anthony Weiner, he's chosen New York City for his political comeback. The former governor is running for city comptroller and says, "I'm hopeful there will...

OK, Obama, Now Can We Get Tough on Wall Street?
OK, Obama, Now Can We
Get Tough on Wall Street?

OK, Obama, Now Can We Get Tough on Wall Street?

His 2nd term is a chance to do it right: William Cohan

(Newser) - Back when President Obama took office in 2009, many assumed he'd reform the Wall Street system that had just blown a hole in the economy. "It turned out we were either naïve or stupid," author William Cohan writes at Bloomberg . Instead, Obama's administration was stocked...

Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann; He's Suing

Eliot Spitzer takes over; Olbermann promises 'legal actions'

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann is out at Current TV, and it doesn't sound like a happy parting of ways. In a letter to viewers , network founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt wrote that Current was "founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these...

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