Assembly Staffer Defends Speaker Silver By Posting Web Comments as a Woman

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A New York State Assembly staffer has admitted he impersonated a woman who blogged to defend embattled Speaker Sheldon Silver. He'll be keeping his job, but with some restrictions.

A spokesman for Speaker Silver said 48-year-old Bill Eggler has confirmed that he is the sharp-tongued blogger who goes by the name "Sophia Walker" on a web magazine called "The Last Goddess."

On the site, Walker calls scrutiny over Silver's decision to pay off two women who accused Assemblyman Vito Lopez of sexual harassment "a faux scandal."

Silver's spokesman said Eggler posted the comments without the speaker's knowledge.

Eggler's job is to answer correspondence to the Assembly. And while he's not being fired, Eggler is losing access to the internet at work, and he's getting an official reprimand from Speaker Silver. Eggler has been employed at the Assembly since 1996.

The allegations against Eggler were first reported in the New York Post.