Spitzer Eying Return to Politics: Insiders

Others close to ex-guv dispute claim
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 1, 2009 9:06 AM CDT
In this March 12, 2008 file photo, then New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation amidst a prostitution scandal as wife Silda looks on in his offices in New York City.    (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
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(Newser) – Eliot Spitzer is tossing around the possibility of a comeback bid, mulling a run for New York state office next year, insiders tell the New York Post. The ex-governor is said to be eying the state comptroller's job or Kirsten Gillibrand’s Senate seat. But it’s all informal at this point: He hasn’t held “active discussions with political consultants,” the sources tell the Post.

Other sources close to Spitzer, however, say he’s not looking to run for office again. One says he’s stuck, at least for another year. “He loves to be in the limelight. But he knows it can't happen." The ex-governor recently told Vanity Fair that “I've a hard time seeing politics as a career. I wouldn't want to put my family through the agony. But that doesn't mean I can't participate somehow in the public debate about the issues.”