Return of the sheriff

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Return of the sheriff

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Eliot Spitzer, the scourge of Wall Street, crashed out of politics in 2008 after a sex scandal. Could he make a comeback?

Eliot Spitzer has been taking chess lessons. He has the time for such things these days. It might seem that teaching, writing an online column and working at the family real estate business, not to mention hosting a live television show each weeknight, would leave the father of three with scant opportunity to indulge in hobbies. But Spitzer has proven himself notoriously good—or bad, given how it all ended—at multitasking, having formerly spent his days as the headline-grabbing, opinion-splitting governor of New York state and more than a few nights as Client Nine of the Emperor’s Club VIP prostitution ring.

His marriage has survived but those private transgressions cost him his public office. Since his resignation in 2008, he has found desk space at Spitzer Engineering, the property firm built by his father Bernard. It’s here that I’ve come to meet him early on a muggy Monday in May. Located

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Hephzibah Anderson

Hephzibah Anderson
Hephzibah Anderson is an associate editor of Prospect and the author of "Chastened" (Chatto & Windus) 

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