Eliot, Silda Spitzer Make First Post-Scandal Appearance

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and wife Silda Thursday night stepped into the spotlight for the first time since she stood at his side when he announced his resignation after last year's prostitution scandal.

The visit to the Children's Benefit Gala that honored renowned violinist Joshua Bell was brief, but apparently hit some high notes, the Daily News reported.

The Spitzers enjoyed beverages and posed for pictures at the Waldorf-Astoria for about 30 minutes, even trading happy glances in between, according to the report. The couple hobnobbed with Bell and other party goers.

Spitzer has slowly tried to rebuild his public life, prompting many to speculate a possible return to the campaign trail. This week, a majority of New Yorkers said they prefer the infamous Client No. 9 to Gov. Paterson in a Siena poll.

In a recent "TODAY" show interview, Spitzer called himself a "very fortunate guy" now that Silda and their three daughters had forgiven him for the scandal.

"This is something that has caused excruciating pain to (my wife) and my daughters," Spitzer told Matt Lauer last month. "It's something that I carry with me every day because of the pain I've caused ... (It) has been enormous."

Spitzer said he'd thought about the prospect of getting caught last year, but couldn't give up the $4,000-a-session call-girl habit.

"Like many things in life, you ignore the obvious at a certain moment because you simply don't want to confront it," the former governor said.

Spitzer also has been writing an online business column and making guest TV appearances, sharing input on the flagging economy.

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