Spitzer Book: Hooker Considered Him Ballsy

If you can get past the three-hookers-in-a-day headline, there are some equally telling, and slightly more believable, items attributed to the new Eliot Spitzer bio by Fortune editor-at-large Peter Elkind.

  • There's the charge that Spitzer had a call girl flown to Puerto Rico while he was making an appearance before the annual political frolic there for NY's Latino pols, an import that suggests the gov wasn't one to follow the crowd.

  • There's a prostitute dubbed "Angelina" who, after a couple of trysts with the governor, figured out who he was and wound up admiring him, finding him, well, pretty ballsy: "She read a book written about him," writes Elkind in an excerpt published in Fortune. "She pored over his newspaper coverage. And as she followed his public battles, Fox's favorite escort was privately cheering him on... 'The stuff he was trying to do was admirable,' " she tells Elkind. "And no one else is brave enough to do it."

There are also less lusty, but equally telling moments:

  • Former Manhattan DA and Spitzer ex-boss Robert Morgenthau saying that he learned Spitzer was being probed by the feds "months before it was publicized," as the Times' Danny Hakim, who won part of a Pulitzer for his stories on the case, writes: "[Morgenthau] recalled sitting with the governor's wife and parents during one of Mr. Spitzer's speeches before the investigation became public. 'It was pretty difficult for me to watch a guy committing suicide.' "

  • Then there's Spitzer's call to a VP at North Fork Bank in July, 2007 -- nine months before the story broke -- asking, "Is there a way to wire money where it's not evident that it's coming from me?"

  • There's also the phone call on the day the Times broke the story on March 10, 2008, between two of Wall Street's top money men who had been prime Spitzer targets and who remain possible suspects in tipping the feds to go after their enemy: "Bingo!" shouted Ken Langone to Maurice "Hank" Greenberg.

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