The sleazy Eliot Spitzer may be attempting a political comeback, but his former aides are nowhere to be found. Who can blame them? They’ve spent five years keeping a low profile and aren’t quite ready to re-join this lowlife.
Nearly all of Eliot Spitzer’s once fiercely loyal aides have abandoned him as he seeks political redemption through his race for city comptroller, key Democrats have told The Post.
One of the state’s best-known Democrats noted the stunning lack of experienced strategists and policy makers from the Spitzer administration among the staffers supporting the former governor’s last-minute campaign to become the city’s chief financial officer.
“Where are all of Eliot’s friends now?” the high-profile Democrat asked. “Those who know him best have forsaken him the most.”
The source specifically cited former Spitzer lieutenants Rich Baum, Darren Dopp, David Nocenti, Sean Patrick Maloney and Paul Francis as among those conspicuously missing.
The top Democrat, who once had considerable dealings with the Spitzer administration, also ripped the disgraced ex-governor for repeatedly suggesting as a newly minted candidate for comptroller that the only real problem during his brief tenure running the state was the prostitution scandal that forced him from office.
“Not so fast,’’ said the source.
“Forget the prostitutes — how about ‘Troopergate,’ his tax increases, his ‘steamrolling’ of others, the driver’s licenses [for illegal immigrants] and ‘Comptrollergate,’ ” the Democrat continued, referring to Spitzer’s initially supporting disgraced state Comptroller Alan Hevesi, then losing a battle with the Legislature to name Hevesi’s replacement.
Seems the media forgot most of those scandals as well.