Since his campaign for comptroller began earlier this month, Eliot Spitzer's wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, has been nowhere to be found. She has not made a single statement about his candidacy, nor appeared once with him in public. And last night, Spitzer acknowledged that it's not going to happen. As the Post reports:
Eliot last night admitted Silda will not be seen at his side, reports The Post’s Beth DeFalco. Spitzer said, at a Bronx campaign stop, "I think it's fair to say I'm running for office. No other member of my family is running for office. And I think the public is going to judge me, not who else is with me or not with me."
The couple is currently living apart, and the Post even claims that Silda wants a divorce, so, yeah, it makes sense that she wouldn't want to get out there and stump for her pseudo-husband. But Spitzer's admission last night brings us back to a question of honesty. At the start of his campaign — at a time when he was collecting signatures to get himself on the ballot — he repeatedly promised that his wife would join him on the campaign trail.
Here he is on Hardball on July 8:
SMERCONISH: Will we see your wife on the campaign trail?
SMERCONISH: She's in?
SMERCONISH: Family's committed to this?
SPITZER: Yes. Yes.
He had made the same promise in Union Square earlier in the day, according to the Daily News...:
Spitzer denied that the couple had "separated" — and he said she would join him on the stump.
... and the Post:
The Silda question wasn't going away, and Eliot insisted that his wife would be going on the campaign trail with him. He did not say when.
Asked to explain the latest discrepancy between Spitzer's words and, you know, reality — you may recall that Spitzer also denied his canvassers were being paid $800 a day, despite multiple accounts to the contrary — Spitzer's spokesperson declined, instead telling Daily Intelligencer, simply, "Silda is supportive of Eliot's campaign."