The headline is a tease. However, the article was not, at least not when first posted forty-five days ago.
Check out Josh Goodman's take on the two governors before the Spitzer jump off the cliff.
Of course, O'Malley inoculated himself against the stories of marital infidelity by dragging his wife to a press conference and saying he did not do it. Why did he do that? It seems that a staffer, likely, baited a staffer of O'Malley's future gubernatorial opponent into a conversation about the topic on an internet bulletin board. O'Malley then accused the sitting governor of spreading the rumor of infidelity through his staff. In O'Malley's lawyerly mind, the act of the subordinate, a servant, in taking the bait was the act of the Governor, the employer. That is a difference between O'Malley and Spitzer, that and the arrogant hypocrisy of Spitzer.
O'Malley's vulnerability lies in his opponent's ability to continue to hang his sins around his neck.