Ironically, right now I’m listening to a report about Eliot Spitzer on CNN.

mer·e·tri·cious /ˌmɛrɪˈtrɪʃəs/

1. alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry.
2. based on pretense, deception, or insincerity.
3. pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.

[Origin: 1620-30; < L meretrīcius of, pertaining to prostitutes, der. of meretrīx prostitute = mere-, s. of merére to earn + –trīx -trix; see -ous]

-Related forms
mer·e·tri·cious·ly, adverb
mer·e·tri·cious·ness, noun

-Synonyms 1. showy, gaudy. 2. spurious, sham, false.