If only we could get John Edwards, Gary Hart or Bill Clinton to run for some kind of office in New York, the trifecta would be complete. Call it the “Character Doesn’t Matter” ticket.
Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, is re-entering political life, with a run for the citywide office of comptroller and a hope that voters are ready to look past his previous misconduct.
Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat, said he was eager to plunge back into politics and believed he could revolutionize the often-overlooked city office into a new model for government accountability and shareholder activism.
“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said in a telephone interview on Sunday night.
Spitzer is actually a good deal worse than Weiner, who aside from the Huma connection is an ordinary urban political hack. Spitzer on the other hand is a leftist sociopath with serious anger management issues who even managed to alienate most of his own party leaving him vulnerable to a scandal.
Spitzer’s antics included using the State Police to conduct surveillance on his political opponents. Giving him the Comptroller’s office would be really bad news.
With Mr. Spitzer’s name recognition and three million Democrats in the city, this should not be a difficult task to complete, but he plans to flood the streets and supermarkets with some 100 signature gatherers starting Monday.
“I am going to be on the street corners,” he said. “We will be out across the city.”
I guess the recession has even hit Spitzer.
Mr. Spitzer, an aggressive watchdog over Wall Street when he served as attorney general of New York, imagines transforming the comptroller’s office into a robust agency that would not merely monitor and account for city spending, as it does now, but conduct regular inquiries into the effectiveness of government policies, in areas like education.
So basically Spitzer doesn’t want to just be a comptroller, he wants to be the Mayor. That should make for a fun relationship with Weiner.
“The metaphor is what I did with the attorney general’s office,” he said. “It is ripe for greater and more exciting use of the office’s jurisdiction.”
Exciting only to a powermad maniac.
Mr. Spitzer’s entry promises to shake a comptroller’s contest that, until now, had been viewed as an all-but-certain victory for Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president who has been embraced by the city’s unions and Democratic establishment. Mr. Stringer’s campaign released a statement on Sunday night.
“Scott Stringer has a proven record of results and integrity and entered this race to help New York’s middle class regain its footing,” said the statement, from Sascha Owen, Mr. Stringer’s campaign manager. “By contrast, Eliot Spitzer is going to spurn the campaign finance program to try and buy personal redemption with his family fortune. The voters will decide.”
I never thought I would find myself supporting Scott Stringer, but if he kills Spitzer’s comeback…