Spitzer, eyeing city-comptroller, asks for forgiveness

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Eliot Spitzer has announced he is running for New York City Comptroller.

“I love public service and so I am excited to be pursing this. I am excited to be asking every voter one by one for both forgiveness and support,” Spitzer said Monday morning.


The petition to get Eliot Spitzer on the ballot for city controller (Marvin Scott/PIX11 News)

The former governor resigned in 2008 after he got caught in a call girl scandal. Since then he has appeared as a commentator on various television networks. But now he is getting back into the political game.

But Spitzer must collect at least 3,750 signaturse from registered voters by Thursday to qualify him for the primary ballot. Spitzer is expected to begin collecting signatures and meeting with voters Monday.

As for that other New York politician that resigned in shame and is now running for mayor, Spitzer says don’t compare him to Anthony Weiner.

“I do not draw a conclusion from anybody else’s run, anybody else’s prospects. Every race is different. Every race should be different,” said Spitzer.


Eliot Spitzer addresses reporters Monday afternoon.

Spitzer will face Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary. Wall Streeter John Burnett is running as a Republican and Julia Willebrand is the Green Party candidate.

And don’t forget about Kristin Davis. She’s running for Comptroller as a Libertarian candidate. Known as the Manhattan Madame, she served several months in jail in the fallout from the Spitzer scandal.