Eliot Laurence Spitzer (born June 10, 1959) is a political commentator and Democratic Party politician who served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. His resignation as governor resulted from the aftermath of a prostitution scandal. Prior to being elected governor, Spitzer served as New York State Attorney General. After serving as Governor, he became a political commentator, and was most recently the host of Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, a nightly news and commentary program on Current TV. He most recently ran as a candidate for New York City Comptroller, losing the Democratic nomination to Scott Stringer.