July 8, 2013 3:44 am

Spitzer makes run for New York public office

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Eliot Spitzer is returning to politics with a run for New York City comptroller, five years after a prostitution scandal forced him to resign as New York governor.

Mr Spitzer, who made his name by taking on Wall Street as New York attorney-general, told the New York Times that he wanted to shake up the comptroller’s office, which has oversight of spending in the city. He said he would turn it into a champion of responsive government in areas such as education.

But Mr Spitzer, 54, faces a number of hurdles before the November election. He is seeking political redemption from those voters who remember him as “client number 9” in a sex scandal that rocked the city and besmirched a politician who had always portrayed himself as beyond reproach.

“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he told the New York Times.

The former Democratic governor is not the only person asking New York City voters for a second chance. Anthony Weiner, a married former Democratic congressman who was forced to resign after tweeting a lewd photograph of himself and who later admitted to numerous online relationships, is running for mayor.

Mr Spitzer must collect 3,750 signatures by Thursday to appear on September’s primary ballot for the Democratic nomination for the comptroller’s office. If he gets enough signatures, he will run against Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, who did not face any serious rival before Mr Spitzer’s entry.

Mr Stringer’s campaign manager was not immediately available for comment.

In a statement, Christine Quinn, the city council speaker who is also running for mayor, reiterated her support for Mr Stringer, who she said had served in his current role “with the highest ethical standards”.

Mr Spitzer’s fall from grace as governor was swift. He resigned in March 2008 after he was identified as a client of an expensive prostitution service called Emperors Club VIP. In the meantime, he briefly hosted a CNN show called In the Arena.

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