Asking For Forgiveness, Spitzer Re-enters Politics

A person close to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer says he is planning a return to political life with a run for New York City comptroller. The former state attorney general plans to run as a Democrat in the wide-open field for comptroller. The current Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is the only big-name Democrat running. Akwardly, Spitzer will also face off against Kristin Davis, a madam who was linked to Spitzer's prostitution scandal. She is running for city comptroller on the Libertarian ticket.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Spitzer was only speaking to the New York Times.

"I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” Spitzer said to the Times in a telephone interview on Sunday night.

Candidates for citywide offices like comptroller have to have 3,750 signatures from registered voters in their party by Thursday.

Spitzer, a Democrat, stepped down from the governor's office in 2008 over a prostitution scandal, but told the New York Daily News that he missed public office.

"After being out of office for five years, thinking deeply, reflecting on what I was able to do when I was in government…I'm going to try and seek the controller’s office and ask to the public to consider me," Spitzer said.

He has spoken in the past about the potential for the comptroller's job.

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