What Is Spitzer Thinking?
Comptroller run could heal bruised ego: experts
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2013 8:20 AM CDT
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is surrounded by media as he tries to collect signatures for his run for New York City Comptroller in New York, Monday, July 8, 2013. Spitzer, who stepped down in 2008...   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Eliot Spitzer is back on the political scene—just like Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner—and apparently tearing up over his past transgressions this morning on Morning Joe. Which makes Politico wonder: What makes these guys tick? The simple answer, from Washington insiders, is egomania. "The essential thing that these politicians all have is an absence of shame," says journalist Sally Quinn. "This is strictly about ‘me, me, me,’ and it’s a neediness that I don’t understand but we see all the time in Washington." A political psychologist agrees, saying the new runs for office are attempts to redeem bruised egos: "It’s not that the public needs ... them back in office. It’s much more that they need to be back in office." How some are reacting to Spitzer's run for comptroller:

  • Whether or not Spitzer stands a chance, Wall Street won't want to see him back again, Politico notes. "He’s had these legendary duels and battles with a number of people in the sector,” says an industry official. “Should he be elected, you’ll just have another official who’s antagonistic towards the sector." Indeed, as a financial manager for New York City, he'd have a powerful weapon against corporate heavyweights.
  • Spitzer's own argument is that he's a gutsy progressive; he notes his backing for gay marriage in 1998. "I’ve been ahead of the curve. I’m not a traditional politician. I am not one who takes the measure of a political issue and calibrates to the public opinion," he tells Politico. "I’m tough enough to stand up and do what needs to be done."
  • Adds a former Bush administration official: "When people say his name, it’s usually preceded by a four-letter word."

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Jul 9, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
If New Yorkers are smart they will bring him back and give him a second chance.
Jul 9, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
What Is Spitzer Thinking? He is thinking: 1) Oh shit I need money and nobody will touch me with a ten foot pole until I get back into the game. 2) I'm going to show them I'm better than they are and they think I am. 3) Once I'm back in, I can get back to whoring and getting what I want while pretending to help others by telling them how to live. 4) Wonder if I still have that hooker's number.
Jul 9, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
Spitzer is lucky to have a father worth $500,000,000 or more. He is a smart person but has an gigantic ego that won't take no for an answer. As many Upper East Side trust funders, he believes he is superior and above scrutiny by the peasants he was born to rule over. Please do not reelect this arrogant scumbag my New York brothers and sisters. He should scorned not rewarded. An attorney general who hires prostitutes and moves them across state lines. That is a Federal offense he should have been prosecuted for. There are pimps in prison for the same offense.