It is difficult to conceive that anyone with a television set has not seen the pictures of Governor Eliot Spizer apologizing for his actions and announcing his resignation as the governor of New York.

And there right beside (but a little behind) him on both occasions was his beautiful and accomplished wife, a corporate lawyer in her own right. In her fitted pale blue jacket and strings of white pearls , Silda Wall Spitzer looked sad and crestfallen as she stood with her husband, her eyes smudged with dark rings. No wonder CNN’s Wolf Blitzer commented on how much « that woman has aged in three days. »

Which begs the question, why was she there at all? She didn’t fly from New York to Washington, contact VIP call girls, sign into room 871 in the Mayflower hotel and cough up $4,300 dollars for sex. Why does she need to be dragged out to stand beside her husband who did these things all on his own while he kept her in the dark?

I know, I know.  Hillary did it and so did the wife of the governor of New Jersey who it turned out was having an affair with another man.   But isn’t it high time to ask why innocent wives should be paraded in front of the cameras to lend their blessing to an errant husband?

And there is another question, perhaps more fundamental.  Should Governor Spitzer’s wife and his three teen-age daughters foregive him?  Could you foregive him? And if they can’t is the marriage likely to survive?


I must say I am sorry I have been out of the loop for so long.  And I much appreciate those who asked after my health.  It is much better.

The doctors discovered that I had a heart murmur which affected my energy and my appetite.  But they have been treating this and I am now feeling fine.

So I am hopeful our band of bloggers is still out there and we can be in touch again.




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    Chimera Says:

    Whew! You’re back. I can breathe now. No do dat again, plz!

    Isn’t it time for the people to get their noses out of everyone else’s lives?

    Spizer wasn’t caught committing a crime. What happens in his marriage and personal life should be kept within his family. What business is it of anyone else’s?

    The human capacity to try and humiliate others is truly intimidating. And disgusting.

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Welcome back Neil. You sure had all of us worryinf for a spell. Well you seem to be back and kicking. Thank God, at least for the believers.
    I guess, about the wives, that some people still believe in the « For better or for worse » part of marital vows, however outmoded it can have become over the years. Will the marriage survive? Good question. Forgiveness, who are we to judge. I like very much the American Indian’s proverb: »Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccassins ».
    I guess, however that he has lost his « Elliott Ness » nickname and for good.

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    The Red Bull finally kicked in, eh?

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    Elaine Says:

    It would appear that all strategy and effort ……. is directed toward the one in office (the offender, Elliott Spitzer, in this case) in order to decrease the damage including using his wife as a ‘prop ».One assumes that she has been « propelled »there certainly for his benefit without giving her the time and support to think through her situation

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    KATHLEEN Says:

    Hello Mr. McKenty,

    I just finished reading your book The Inside Story yesterday. I saw it at my mother in law’s residence and she had borrowed it from the libray at Place Kensington so she and I discussed the book. She also enjoyed reading it.

    I wonder are you still living in Montreal?

    I would like it if you wrote back to me personally as I have a few questions to ask you.

    Please give Catharine a big kiss as she sounds like a great wife.

    Congratulations on a wonderful life you have lead and triumphed over.

    Best Regards,

    Kathleen Maher-Wagner

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    I am still in Montreal. You could reach me at


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    The wife should decide.

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