Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor, who resigned in disgrace a year ago after getting caught patronising a prostitute in a Washington hotel, has purchased a prominent office building blocks from the White House through his father's real-estate company.

The Spitzers are paying $180m to buy 1615 L St. NW, a 13-story dark-glass building whose tenants include the public-relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, the Washington outpost of the Nixon Presidential Library and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

The move is part of the ex-governor's re-emergence into public life and a renewed interest in the successful real-estate business founded by his father, Bernard Spitzer.

Wall Street Journal