Eliot Spitzer celebrated Christmas with his girlfriend Lis Smith and her family just one day after he and Silda Spitzer released a statement about their upcoming divorce.
The theme for Christmas dinner at the Smith home? “Look what the cat dragged in!” Spitzer is definitely a rat who doesn’t waste time or let the dust settle. It is regrettable that he is no longer in political office, he has all the attributes – a sleaze ball, morally and ethically bankrupt, all fine attributes for office in high position. And, evidently for some folks attributes that don’t get in the way of sharing sacred holidays.
Can you tell I don’t care for Eliot Spitzer or anyone else who condones his asinine behavior? Separated isn’t divorced and it doesn’t give anyone, regardless of their status the right to parade the girlfriend in public which in reality is slapping his wife of 26 years in the face…again, disrespecting his 3 daughters and blatantly showing the rest of us just what you he is made of.
Sptizer is a defined man. We all know who this guy is at heart (by now).What has me curious is who Lis Smith is. Why has she chosen him, a married man with a sordid past? What will it mean for her in the long-run?
Who is Lis Smith?
Smith is a woman who has chosen to become romantically involved with a public figure known for shenanigans, due to that she has now become a public figure. When you become a public figure you become a target of the press or anyone else with an opinion about the choices you make.
That is good old common sense. “When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.”
Smith was the mayor-elect, Bill deBlasio’s spokeswoman during the homestretch of his campaign and for his transition to Gracie Mansion. She is a veteran Democratic operative who led the “rapid response” team for President Obama’s 2012 campaign, worked as a spokeswoman for Spitzer in the primary election for city controller that he lost in September. She also worked on the Obama campaign as director of rapid response.
Smith is 31; a Dartmouth graduate who apparently has a thing for bad boys. She dated former Missouri State Sen. Jeff Smith from 2005 to 2009, before he was locked up in a federal pen for obstruction after a probe of the state’s 2004 election.
Smith, who is a Bronx native, must be an intelligent woman, but going for the “bad boys” might not be the smartest thing she’s ever done…that whole wallow with pigs thing?
Why has she chosen another bad boy?
Only Lis Smith can answer that question. Like I said above, she has chosen to make herself a public figure so; I’m choosing to share my thoughts on why an intelligent woman would consciously behave in such a detrimental way. And detrimental it is, her reputation is at stake, her position and career are at stake, she has a lot to lose. Someone should have told her that Spitzer isn’t worth it.
I would imagine that Lis Smith is like the rest of us, she is navigating her way through a complicated life trying to do the best she can. More than likely she is kind, considerate and well mannered. I’m sure she is independent and smart as hell as and more than anything, again like the rest of us, longs for happiness and love.
She may be a dreamer, an idealist who believes in fairy-tales. She isn’t someone who is going to give up until she has created her own happy ending. In pursuit of that happy ending she has found herself the girlfriend of a married man. A media bone during a slow news Christmas?
On the other hand, she could be unethical, selfish, and immoral and attracted to the idea of taking something that doesn’t belong to her. Whoever she is, her ultimate obligation is to herself and from my perspective she has failed to do right by herself.
What could the relationship with Spitzer mean for her?
It will probably mean the end of her position asBill de Blasio’s communications director. Spitzer, due to his history is a bad memory; her romantic association with him will not reflect will on deBlasio. Her relationship with a man who still has his own public and political ambitions will lead to conflicts of interest. Is he using the mayor’s office via Smith? Is he influencing the mayor’s office via Smith?
Her association with Spitzer SHOUTS lousy professional judgment. How can deBlasio not insist she resign or, out right fire her? For those who don’t see a professional problem for her, we aren’t talking about two 7-11 employees. For Smith this is about professionalism and the scrutiny she and deBlasio will face due to negative press and public impression.
Personally? Well let’s hope she likes sharing. Because she will end up sharing him, whether she thinks she will or not because the same thing she likes about him, other women do also and Spitzer isn’t known for turning down some tail feather, not often anyway.
My final thought on Lis Smith, not only did she fail in her obligation to herself, but in her obligation to women in general. She didn’t do right by herself and when a woman can’t put her own well-being first, you can bet she doesn’t give a damn about other women’s wellbeing. It’s about gender solidarity – good woman won’t screw over another woman. That is just a fact of life, one that Smith evidently never learned.