"Client 9" T-shirts hit the Web

NEW YORK Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:29pm EDT

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer leaves with his wife Silda Wall after addressing the media at his office in New York, March 10, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer leaves with his wife Silda Wall after addressing the media at his office in New York, March 10, 2008.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Who really is "Client 9"?

The New York Times says it's the code name for New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in court papers that link him to a prostitution ring, but now anyone can be "Client 9" with T-shirts available online just a day after the scandal broke.

From simply "Client 9" with a large lipstick smooch over the top to "Just Call Me CLIENT 9," designers on Web sites like www.cafepress.com and www.zazzle.com are cashing in on reports that Spitzer had hired a high-priced prostitute.

"Look like a governor in this stylish CLIENT 9 design," one designer advertises on www.cafepress.com.

The two online retail sites allow designers to upload their own graphics to print on products such as T-shirts and mugs.

(Reporting by Emily Chasan, editing by Michelle Nichols and Todd Eastham)

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