Go, Eliot! Go!
The New York Times reports that Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who resigned in disgrace in March 2008, will run for comptroller of New York City.
Good. Voters should have the opportunity to determine whether they want his smarts and talent as the Big Apple’s chief bookkeeper. That’s not to say that the other seeker of the job, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, is incapable or unworthy. It just means that there’s a real race for the No. 3 position in New York City.
I know Spitzer did a horrible thing. Horrible vis-a-vis the law, the voters and his family. Patronizing a prostitution ring while governor of New York was morally wrong — and illegal. And to talk to Spitzer about the spectacular implosion of his political career, as I did a few years ago, is to talk to a man haunted by what could have been.
Spitzer is a smart man. His aggressiveness in going after the excesses of the financial industry as the “sheriff of Wall Street” when he was New York state attorney general proved prescient, given the industry’s role in the global economic collapse in 2008. During 14 months in Albany, Spitzer brought that same vigor to the governor’s office. But hubris was his undoing.
“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness,” Spitzer told the Times. “I am asking for it.” My hunch is that New Yorkers will listen to him make the case for their renewed trust.
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