Harvard Club rejects Eliot Spitzer

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In his emergence from political disgrace, Eliot Spitzer has played multiple roles: political commentator, financial columnist, college professor, and, most recently, CNN host.

One role he will not be playing: a member of the Harvard Club of New York City.

This year, the Midtown club turned down Mr. Spitzer’s application for membership — a rare snub by the club — because officials there did not want to be associated with Mr. Spitzer and the prostitution scandal that forced him from the governorship of New York in 2008, according to a person told of the decision by Harvard officials.

The Times further reports that the club, “which has about 11,000 members, admits nearly everyone eligible who applies.” It’s probably for the best, as things didn’t turn out so well the last time Spitzer joined a club.

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