Even before Monday’s apology by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer for engaging in conduct that he said violated his sense of “right and wrong,” the second-year governor faced a burgeoning fiscal emergency and an openly hostile state Senate majority that is itself fighting for its political life.

Spitzer’s latest personal and political crisis, reportedly stemming from his being linked to the investigation of an alleged prostitution ring by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, further weakened his already shaky ability to push the government reform agenda he promised the voters who swept him into office 14 months ago.