When Eliot Spitzer’s rehab hits high gear Monday night with his new CNN talk show, most viewers will remember him solely as “Client 9″ in a high-end hooker scandal.

As the disgraced former Luv Gov weighs in on the national and state issues of the day, more should remember what a dismal governor Spitzer was before his dalliance with call girls became public.

“These were not the golden years cut short by a personal failing,” said Assemblyman Jack McEneny, an Albany Democrat and historian. “I found it to be a very tense time.”

It was Spitzer who selected scandal-plagued governor-in-waiting David Paterson as his lieutenant without a proper vetting.

It was Spitzer who sought to hike New York’s already out-of-control spending by more than 6% his first year and 5% his second, setting the stage for an even worse fiscal calamity for the state.

It was Spitzer who early in his term settled for quick headlines over substantive change by agreeing to watered-down versions of budget reform and ethics legislation that did nothing to improve the broken budget process or dysfunctional state government.

It was Spitzer who pushed campaign finance reform as a top priority even while offering special access to those who raised up to $1 million for his campaign coffers.

Read More: BY KENNETH LOVETT, NY Daily News

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