After five years out of the political arena, former New York governor and attorney general Eliot Spitzer announced that he will run for city comptroller, the New York Times reported Sunday.
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Spitzer resigned his post in 2008 when the Times reported that he had been involved with a high-end prostitution ring. But, Spitzer is trusting voters to overlook his past and support him in this fall’s election. “I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said in the telephone interview with the Times.
His announcement follows a similar path to that of former congressman and mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner — both politicians endured public scandals over their sexual indiscretions. While Spitzer declined to comment if Weiner’s position in the polls — which is near tied with Christine Quinn — impacted his decision to run.