Eliot Spitzer is Living Large in Fortune, NYT

If former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer is in the club of cheating spouses with pro-golfer Tiger Woods, Saundra Bullock’s soon to be ex, Jesse James, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and ex-Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) (he tickled a male staffer, so technically not infidelity…) you wouldn’t know it.

Spitzer is everywhere – today in a splashy profile on the cover of the NYT Style section, recently on HBO”s “Real Time With Bill Maher”, in Slate as a bi-monthly columnist — and now, he’s featured in Fortune magazine. Will his supposedly shrunken ego fit through the door when this press blitz is said and done?

Finally. We get to hear what’s going on inside Spitzer’s brain on the whole matter of cheating on his wife with a prostitute at arguably one of the most famous Washington establishments, the Mayflower Hotel.

Spitzer tells Fortune he’s “loving” his low-pressure life.

On his family he says: “Other than the obvious agony, life is great,” he says. “Right now, I can tell you I have a family that is in one piece … That’s a measure of success after what we went through.”

“I made an egregiously horrendous judgment at every level,” he adds. “Not just in terms of the risk/reward calculus, which seems like a very antiseptic way of thinking about it, but also in terms of what it meant to my family. I talk all the time about fiduciary duty. What more fundamental duty is there than to a spouse?”

The latest on Spitzer in Fortune and on Fortune.com is part of an exclusive excerpt from Editor-at-Large Peter Elkind’s new book, Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, due out April 20.

Read the full story here. The photograph was taken from the Fortune magazine clip.

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