Eliot Spitzer is tanned, rested and ready

At a time when his successor has a record-low approval rating, the former governor of New York goes back on TV.

Published April 6, 2009 6:40PM (EDT)

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer never seemed like the type of person who could be permanently felled by a mere prostitution scandal. So it's not too surprising to see that, though he did resign his post after his history of hiring high-priced escorts was revealed, he's been making more and more forays back into the public eye.

Monday morning, Spitzer was on NBC's "Today" show for a heart-to-heart with Matt Lauer about his actions. (Video is below.) It's the exact sort of public penance Spitzer will need to do if he wants to get back into politics. And if he does want that, he couldn't have picked a better time for it.

The economic crisis, coupled with things like the AIG bonus furor, is perfectly suited politically to the former governor, who gained fame as a crusading state attorney general known for being a Wall Street watchdog. Plus, Spitzer's successor, David Paterson, is floundering. A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows Paterson with the worst approval rating ever measured for a governor of New York. It's gotten so bad that fully 53 percent of voters want him to announce right now that he won't run for a full four-year term.


By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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