(NEW YORK CITY) – The eyes of the media world swarmed around the Union Square subway station shortly past noon on Monday.
Former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned five years ago after being exposed for hiring call girls, called on New Yorkers to vote him in as comptroller come November.
“This was the office I thought about running for,” said Spitzer when asked if he ever designed blueprints for another office.
It’s going to be quite the campaign.
In fact, it’s going to be quite the political season.
Unprecedented, to say the least, once former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral race is factored into the picture.
Two well-known politicians, both carrying the titles of “disgraced former” for reasons a city knows all too well are back in the political limelight. Yet, the questions remains: “What will it say about New Yorkers if they wake up the morning after the election with both Weiner and Spitzer back in office?” PIX 11 News engaged the former governor with that very question during Monday’s media scrum, “Democracy works to reflect the will of the public and I’m talking only now about the comptroller race. That is all I’m doing. That is all I’m running for,” said Spitzer.
Political strategist Basil Smikle’s take on the Democratic talent pool?
“Apparently the Mets have a deeper bench,” said Smikle to PIX 11 News.
Smikle, who worked on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign, says that, should Weiner and Spitzer prevail, it will show that New Yorker’s have a soft heart. “We are really forgiving people despite what people think about New Yorkers, we’re very forgiving.”
Dr. N.G. Berrill is a forensic psychiatrist who says that the prevalence of scandal in politics has softened the blow to potential voters, “I think over the years people have become a little bit immuned to these scandals.”
Now while Weiner and Spitzer were never indicted of any crimes Dr. Berill has had thousands of patients, including those who frequented hookers as well as those who lied to cover their tracks amidst scandal. What does he think it says about New Yorkers psyche it they end up back in office? “I think what it means is this, despite the fact that these men have indulged themselves and have acted in a grandiose wholesome manner, that private stuff doesn’t sway the voters. They are more focused on who can do the job and do it well.”