Born privileged, Spitzer grew up in Riverdale, an aspiring northern corner of the Bronx. He attended an elite private school, then Princeton University and Harvard Law School. His father, developer Bernard Spitzer, was a self-made man, the son of Jewish immigrants who grew up in a cold-water apartment and put himself through school. He and his wife, Anne, an English literature professor, instilled in their three children both respect for the American system that allowed such a rise and the desire to improve it.Pretty interesting, eh? Eliot Spitzer wrote a piece for the New Republic arguing that the election was not decided on values but on Bush's economic message. Go check it out!
While at Harvard, he worked for law professor Alan M. Dershowitz, who describes Spitzer as "the quiet one, the behind-the-scenes guy, the library guy. It's amazing how he's blossomed."
Now Spitzer is an accomplished public speaker who leavens his thirst for intellectual combat with a self-deprecating sense of humor. He'll quote Homer Simpson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan minutes apart in the same speech. His Manhattan office is filled with photographs. Dozens feature his wife, Silda Wall, a former law school classmate, and their three daughters, and Spitzer says he is intrigued by what his visitors say about the others. Many ask about the courtroom sketch of him during the Gambino trial. Others notice Teddy Roosevelt, the New York-born president famous for busting corporate monopolies. But almost no one from Manhattan recognizes NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, whom Spitzer met through his brother-in-law.
I think I am going to go to Perkins or BP and see if they have matches.
[UPDATE 3/12/08]: This post has led to many hits since the news broke about his involvement with well, you know. Just because he did something bad does not mean that you should be leaving anti-Semitic comments. Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Jewish or not, when I posted this in 2004, Spitzer was on my short list of future presidential candidates.