Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who left amid a prostitution scandal, has been working hard to revive his image, restyling himself as a TV pundit and even standing in for MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan.
That hasn’t gone unnoticed by CNN, which has held informal conversations with Spitzer about becoming a contributor to its prime-time line-up after Campbell Brown resigned, the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog reports.
But the discussions don’t involve Spitzer becoming an anchor. Instead, Spitzer would become a regular contributor to the cable news channel, which is suffering in the ratings. CNN may introduce a panel discussion program with a range of political voices to replace Brown’s program.
MSNBC declined to comment on Spitzer’s role at its network, although the channel isn’t in negotiations with him about a paid role at the MSNBC.
Speculation about Spitzer moving to CNN even made it into David Letterman’s monologue on Tuesday, with the punch line: “That would be a switch — somebody paying him for an hour.”