Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party before he was forced to resign in 2008 during a prostitution scandal. The former CNN and Current TV host has decided to return to politics and announced his intention to run for New York City Comptroller, reports The New York Times.
In a telephone interview on Sunday night, Mr. Spitzer, 54, sounding restless after an unwelcome hiatus from government, said he had re-envisioned the often-overlooked office and yearned to resurrect the kind of aggressive role he played as New York State’s attorney general. He said that after consulting with his family and taking the temperature of the city’s electorate, he believed New Yorkers would be open to his candidacy. "I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it," he said.
His re-emergence comes in an era when politicians — like Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina and the New York mayoral contender Anthony D. Weiner — have shown that public disapproval, especially over sexual misconduct, can be fleeting, and that voters seem receptive to those who seek forgiveness and redemption.
Spitzer was a strong ally to LGBT community as attorney general and governor. Spitzer made history in 2007 as the first governor in the nation to introduce a marriage equality bill.
Spitzer resigned and his Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson became the Empire State's first Black governor and only the nation's third Black governor since Reconstruction.
Some Background ...
Gov. Spitzer Implicated in Prostitution Ring
Spitzer Keeps His Promise: Gay Marriage Bill Introduced
Gov. Spitzer Will Introduce Gay Marriage Bill
News: Same-Sex Marriage in New York
Paterson Sworn In as New York's First Black Governor
News: Meet New York's Lt. Governor