Eliot Spitzer Is Running for New York Office

The former cable news host and governor hopes his prostitution scandal is behind him as he eyes the New York citywide office of comptroller

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 12:06 PM

Former disgraced governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, said he will run for the citywide office of comptroller, according to a report in Sunday's New York Times.

The 54-year-old politician-turned-TV-commentator is "hopeful' for the forgiveness of the voters and believes they will grant him a second chance, he said.

However, according to a number of polls cited by the Times, there appears to be little evidence of that being the case. Spitzer said he has not conducted a poll himself, but rather is running on a gut feeling that New York will have him back.

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Citing his reputation as attorney general for being hard on Wall Street, Spitzer said he believes the office he seeks is often overlooked, so he's not worried about potential internal or external conflicts.

“The metaphor is what I did with the attorney general’s office,” Spitzer said. “It is ripe for greater and more exciting use of the [comptroller] office’s jurisdiction.”