Eliot Spitzer Launches His Comeback
Client 9 to face old madam in 'funnest' run for NYC comptroller
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 3:05 AM CDT
This Nov. 12, 2009 photo shows former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer addressing an audience during a Harvard University ethics forum.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)

(Newser) – Five years after a prostitution scandal forced him out of office, Eliot Spitzer is ready to face voters again—and, just like Anthony Weiner, he's chosen New York City for his political comeback. The former governor is running for city comptroller and says, "I'm hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it," the New York Times reports. Asked whether he was encouraged by the mayoral run of Weiner, who is tied with Christine Quinn in the polls, Spitzer said only that he had been approached by many New Yorkers who encouraged him to seek office again.

The current frontrunner in the comptroller race is Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer—whose campaign manager blasted Spitzer for opting out of the public finance program to "try and buy personal redemption with his family fortune"—but Spitzer will also be competing against the madam who once knew him as Client 9. Kristin Davis, who is running as a Libertarian, says she has been waiting for years for the chance to face off against the "hypocritical" Spitzer. "This is going to be the funnest campaign ever," she tells the New York Daily News. Davis also vowed to oppose Spitzer when he was mulling a run for statewide comptroller in 2009.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Spitzer Follows Weiner Back Into Politics is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 20 comments
Jul 8, 2013 7:07 PM CDT
Ahh, the vile liberal.
Jul 8, 2013 3:28 PM CDT
Notice that the cons are all over the John in this case, Spitzer. But, not a word about the morality about the Libertarian prostitute. Oh, pardonez moi. Small business owner, free enterprise, etc. Got it. Eliot was just a consumer, but she was a brave capitalist!
Jul 8, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
So, much like the 3 second goldfish memory, Spitzer thinks New Yorkers memory span is 5 years. Eliot may find that New York is not the same New York as 5 years ago. He may want to ask Bloomberg if he has any new ideas on prostitution laws.