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Eliot Spitzer says he sympathizes with Anthony Weiner [Video]

June 8, 2011 | 12:05 pm

Anthony Weiner

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former governor of New York, is no stranger to embarrassing sex scandals. Tuesday on his CNN talk show, "In The Arena", Spitzer's guest was Mediaite founder Dan Abrams, who said it's only a matter of time before Rep. Anthony Weiner will have to step down from his seat in Congress.

After the pair analyzed the ways Weiner got himself in his now infamous mess, Abrams turned the tables on Spitzer and asked the host his point of view because "I would think that this is something that you know about."

Spitzer smiled, looked down and said that although he empathized with his fellow Democrat, the congressman's greatest crime was lying to the American people when he at first denied sending lewd pictures to women via the Internet.

"Look, let me be very clear. I sympathize with Anthony Weiner. I know he is going through torment like virtually no other," said Spitzer, who was forced to resign as governor when it became known that he had frequented high-priced prostitutes over a period of several years while he was in office.

"But his greatest sin, from the perspective of the public, was not being truthful at the moment of crisis. Because what that showed, unfortunately, was a flaw in his judgment," Spitzer said. "That trust and bond has now been broken ... not just by the behavior, but by that additional lie on top of it."


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Photo: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on Monday admitted sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman via his Twitter account after previously denying he had done so. Credit: Brendan McDermid / Reuters