NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pity the wife.
With her husband ensnared in a sex scandal, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's wife is living through the worst nightmare for any political spouse -- the "Stand By Your Man" moment.
Silda Wall Spitzer, the mother of the governor's three daughters, stood by her husband's side at a news conference on Monday where he admitted he had violated his obligations to his family and his "sense of right and wrong."
The New York Times said Spitzer was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet a prostitute at a Washington hotel last month. He neither confirmed or denied the report.
Spitzer, who was a crusading attorney general before winning the governorship on a promise to clean up state politics, said he wanted to take time "to regain the trust of my family."
Dina McGreevey, the ex-wife of former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey who resigned in 2004 over a gay affair with a man whom he hired, said Spitzer should start by resigning.
Likening Silda Wall Spitzer's experience to her own, Dina McGreevey told CNN the public exposure made an already difficult situation even tougher for the wife.
"She's ridiculed and shamed in front of virtually the entire world," McGreevey told CNN. "She's not only dealing with her own personal pain but trying to protect her daughters from this. Continued...
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