Sheldon Silver’s Female Facebook Defender Is Actually a Man Who Works for Him

ALBANY, NY - MARCH 12: Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver speaks to members of the media in the State Capitol March 12, 2008 in Albany, New York. New York state Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his resignation today after various media reports have linked him to a prostitution ring. New York Lieutenant Governor David Paterson will take over for Spitzer when his resignation goes into effect Monday, March 17, 2008. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
Photo: Daniel Barry/2008 Getty Images

A fervent, female Facebook defender of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been identified by the Post as a man (and part-time sci-fi writer) speaking out in favor of his boss. Silver, currently under fire for organizing secretive settlements to Vito Lopez's sexual harassment victims, has found an online apologist in "Sophia Walker," who the tabloid says turns out to be 48-year-old legislative writer Bill Eggler. "She's a woman who lives in London. She's a strange and reclusive character," Eggler insists, although his mailbox reads "W. Eggler" and "S. Walker," apparently his sci-fi pseudonym for writing at Silver's office called the plot twist "inappropriate" and is looking into it, while at least Eggler's side-project stories are getting noticed.