Of all the people affected by Eliot Spitzer's downfall, his staffers were among the hardest hit - angry and depressed by the conduct of the man they worshipped, sources said yesterday.
Several sources said Spitzer's aides and staffers were furious and depressed after watching him go from god-like to disgrace. Especially angry were those who had tethered their futures to his.
"A lot of people took pay cuts," said one source, noting that many people followed Spitzer from the state Attorney General's Office to the Governor's Office for less money.
Others "uprooted their families," said another source, adding that many made lifestyle changes to follow the dream of Everything Changing on Day One.
"People are just mad, mad, mad."
The New York Times reported they felt betrayed:
Mr. Baum telephoned the governor's senior aides early on Monday morning and told them the news. There was shock, tears, and no small amount of anger. The governor's public image, his power as a politician, was built upon a foundation of moral rectitude; this felt like betrayal.