Lis Smith, the Democratic PR advisor who is spokeswoman for New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio, is at the center of a media frenzy after reports that she is dating disgraced former governor Eliot Spitzer.
Smith, who was press secretary for Spitzer's attempted comeback in the race for New York City comptroller this fall and as recently advised Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, was hired in September by De Blasio. She previously worked in the Obama campaign's rapid response operation.
Two days after the New York Daily News and Post broke the story of the relationship on Dec. 22, Spitzer and his wife announced via statement from LAK PR that their "marital relationship has come to an end."
Asked during a press conference Dec. 23 about the relationship between his press aide and the former governor, De Blasio called it a "private" matter and praised her work as a "professional."
Alexis Grenell, a Democratic communications and political adviser, penned an op-ed in the Daily News Dec. 23 blasting coverage of Smith in noting that her relationship with Spitzer is "entirely irrelevant to her qualifications" as an aide to the mayor-elect. "In reality, Smith is just another casualty of the persistent cultural sexism that slut-shames women for having a sex life and being smart, too," she wrote.