One would think some of the candidates for New York City comptroller came straight out of a Saturday Night Live skit.
Earlier this week it was reported that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is running. Spitzer, who stepped down from office in March 2008 after a prostitution scandal, could face his former madam, Kristin Davis, in the race as she is running on the Libertarian ticket.
Spitzer, if he gathers the required number of signatures by the deadline of midnight tonight, July 11, will face previously unopposed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic Primary. The winner of the primary will go on to face Republican candidate John Burnett, as well as Davis.
Current comptroller John Liu is not seeking re-election, instead running for mayor.
Though Spitzer had not released an official statement regarding his candidacy by press time, or even set up a campaign website, he has spoken to several news outlets about his run for comptroller. In one video posted online, Spitzer told reporters “People do get second chances — voters will make that determination.”
Asked on “CBS This Morning” why the public should trust him, Spitzer said, “First, I wouldn’t say they should. I want to ask them to, and I think there’s a difference there that’s important. I want to say, ‘Look, I had a long career as a prosecutor, as attorney general, as governor. I sinned, I owned up to it, I looked them in the eye, I resigned. I held myself accountable.’”
He said he hopes people will look back at his record and decide his skill set is a good match for the comptroller’s office.
Spitzer is just one of several politicians trying to make a comeback after resigning over a sex scandal.
Polls show that former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was involved in a sexting and lying scandal that forced him from office two years ago, is making a serious bid for mayor [Editorial, page 8].
Four years ago, then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford went missing for a week while having an affair, only to win a seat in the House of Representatives in a special election earlier this year.
An advertisement on Craigslist posted on Monday is thought to belong to Spitzer’s campaign, though there is no direct mention of his name. The advertisement calls for canvassers to help collect the signatures needed for a New York City campaign. In order to appear on the ballot for the primary, Spitzer will need to collect 3,750 valid signatures by tonight’s deadline.