Spitzer returns to the Arena! Disgraced ex-Gov. plans NYC comptroller run
ALBANY— Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Monday he and his family made an emotional decision to return to politics, this time running for the New York City comptroller’s office, years after he was caught in a prostitution scandal that culminated in one of politics’ steepest falls from power.
“Politics is a contact sport, and I made it harder, but I hope when we look back we see this was the right decision,” Spitzer told The Associated Press. “The peaks I’ve seen are wonderful, the valleys I’ve seen are more important in terms of personal growth.”
Returning to public service after more than six years in the political wilderness was difficult for Spitzer, who never hid from the spotlight and even joked about his mistakes on camera and at political events. His wife, Silda, whose shaken image at Spitzer’s side during his resignation speech was carried globally, also returned to life in the public eye, attending charity fundraisers months after the scandal.
The Democrat planned to meet voters Monday in New York, a city where voters have a record of forgiving those who have fallen from grace. Spitzer also brings his own comeback experience: In 1994, he was trounced while seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general, then drove thousands of miles statewide to visit local political leaders and influential groups en route to winning the attorney general’s office in 1998. He transformed the office and became known as the sheriff of Wall Street.