Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, forced from office five years ago in a prostitution scandal, is attempting a political comeback. The New York Times reports that Spitzer will run for New York City comptroller.
That's a considerable step down from even Spitzer's previous job as state attorney general, where he earned a national reputation for prosecuting white collar crimes. But after years of bouncing around cable television as a commentator and host, with varying degrees of success, comptroller would get Spitzer back into the political limelight.
Spitzer, a Democrat, resigned as governor on March 17, 2008, after The New York Times reported he had patronized a high-end prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP.
His attempted re-entry comes in an era when politicians - like Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and the Democratic New York mayoral contender Anthony D. Weiner - have shown that public disapproval, especially over sexual misconduct, can be fleeting, and voters seem open to those who seek forgiveness and redemption.
The son of a wealthy real estate developer, Spitzer intends to pay for his campaign out of his own fortune, forgoing the city's public financing system.
Spitzer has little time to waste: To make the Democratic primary ballot in September, candidates for citywide office - mayor, comptroller and public advocate - must collect a minimum of 3,750 signatures from registered voters from their political party by Thursday.
The news brought on digital snickers over Twitter.
Who would have thought "Weiner-Spitzer '13" wouldn't have been the most ridiculous thing about those guys running this year?- Josh Nanberg (@jnanberg) July 8, 2013
If Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer win, we crisis counselors need to schedule a conference to rewrite the book on what we think we know.- Mr Media Training (@MrMediaTraining) July 8, 2013
Remember when Cuomo said "shame on us" about Weiner? Can't wait to see what he says about his friend Spitzer- maggie haberman (@maggiepolitico) July 8, 2013
"Huma? This is Silda."- John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 8, 2013
Politix, and via The New York Times.