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Monday 21 April 2014

Five years after she stood by her man, New York ex-governor Spitzer and wife say marriage is over

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer stands next to his wife Silda Wall Spitzer as he announces his resignation at his office in New York...New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (R) stands next to his wife Silda Wall Spitzer as he announces his resignation at his office in New York March 12, 2008. Spitzer faced pressure to quit since it was reported earlier in the week that he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute at a Washington hotel last month.     REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)...A
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer stands next to his wife Silda Wall Spitzer as he announces his resignation at his office in New York in 2008 REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his wife are ending their marriage more than five years after she stood by his side as the embattled Democrat resigned over a prostitution scandal.

"We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end, and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject," Spitzer and his wife, Silda, said in a joint statement, according to the New York Post.

They were married in 1987 and have three children.

The split comes after allegations in the tabloid press that Spitzer was in a relationship with a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, the New York Post reported.

Spitzer first won the limelight for his success in aggressively prosecuting financial crimes during two terms as the East Coast state's top attorney, a role that earned him the nickname "Sheriff of Wall Street."

He was elected governor in 2007, but resigned the following year after being identified as a client in a prostitution ring. He was never charged with a crime.

He lost a political comeback campaign for the Democratic nomination for New York City comptroller in September.

He became a television commentator after leaving public office.

A spokeswoman for Spitzer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Reuters

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