The problem for Spitzer is not just that he has been caught in a sex scandal but that he has based his political career on his own integrity; without it, he is nothing. Just to compound the problem, what alerted law enforcement to Spitzer’s activities was a series of suspicious financial transactions making it impossible to depict this as a purely private, sexual matter.
Spitzer’s fall has been as dramatic as his rise. A string of high-profile prosecutions of corporate wrongdoers as New York Attorney General vastly raised his profile and made him a formidable political player in the post-Enron era; they were even those who touted him as the ideal running mate for John Kerry in 2004. He won the New York governorship in 2006 at a canter. Now, though it is all over.