Spitzer lands teaching gig at New York City college

Former governor Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, at a gala in New York City in May.

Yesterday, the rumors were that Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York, had decided to jump back into the political fray – possibly in a bid for the US senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand. Now Fox News has Spitzer, who stepped down from his post after a high-profile scandal, signing on as an adjunct professor at The City College of New York.

That's Professor Lov Gov, to you.

Ellis Simon, a spokesman for the college, has confirmed that Spitzer will teach a 15-week undergraduate class in the poly-sci department called "Law and Public Policy." For his troubles, Spitzer will rake in $4,500. As Fox News notes, Eliot's father Bernard has established an endowment for the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at CCNY.

So is another forray into politics out of the question for the former govenor of New York? On Thursday, "accidental governor" David Paterson, said Spitzer had never mentioned anything to him about the possibility. "In my conversations with him he has seemed very much the opposite," said Paterson, who took over for Spitzer in March.

In the July issue of Vanity Fair, Spitzer said he wasn’t prepared for the ordeal of another campaign. “If by politics you mean running for office again, I’ve a hard time seeing politics as a career. I wouldn’t want to put my family through the agony,” he said in a response to a question on his political future.

Yesterday, after news of his possible return surfaced, Spitzer reiterated that had no immediate plans to run for office. For now, academia calls.

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