Eliot Spitzer racing against clock to get on comptroller ballot

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UPPER EAST SIDE (PIX11) – Former Governor Elliot Spitzer is running for Comptroller but his real race Thursday is against the clock.

He’s hunting for the 3,750 signatures he needs to get on the ballot in the September 10th Democratic primary and insiders say he is paying some canvassers as much as $800 each a day to get them. The deadline for submitting the signatures was midnight Thursday. PIX11 caught up with Sptizer on his way for his morning run and he told us, “I think we are in good shape.”

Spitzer says he is looking for voters to forgive him for patronizing prostitutes, setting up a scandal that cost him his job.

There is some good news for the so called “Love Gov.” A new Marist poll shows him leading Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 42 to 33 percent in the Comptroller’s race and says that two-thirds of Democrats believe Sptizer deserves a second chance. He’s up by 14 points with men and six points among women.

Asked about his early success he told PIX11, “At this point in politics nothing surprises me.” He added, “I’ve done several things. I’ve both asked for forgiveness and explained what I’ve done and I think I have a record that obviously speaks for itself as Attorney General, and Governor.  Some approve of it.  There are some folks on Wall Street who don’t but I have a record of standing up for the public and that  is exactly what we need in the Comptroller of the City of New York.”

But some women are not ready to toss Spitzer that second chance.  Members of the National Organization for Women and others rallied in front of City Hall Wednesday where they focused on Spitzer, sexting Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and disgraced former Assemblyman turned council candidate Vito Lopez saying there are far better candidates out there.