Filling Spitzer’s Shoes, and Delivering a Boot

I’ve got a story in this week’s paper about the divergent career paths of Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo since last year’s election. Expectations, it seems, have had a lot to do with one man’s failure and the other’s success so far.

“Some people analyzed it that Andrew Cuomo was hanging on to his political life,” Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long told me. “And I think part of the problem is Eliot Spitzer and his people thought they won with such a big landslide that nobody could stop them from where they’re going. And I think that’s what caused them to get into the trouble they’re in right now.”