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Eliot Spitzer Deserves Another Chance

If Republicans like Mark Sanford and David Vitter can be forgiven, why not Eliot Spitzer?

If Republicans like Mark Sanford and David Vitter can be forgiven, why not Eliot Spitzer?

“Eliot Spitzer is a fucking steamroller.”Ben Smith, Buzzfeed

AFTER GIVING his Wall Street enemies a very big target, Eliot Spitzer was banished for his boneheadedness. Since then he’s seen Mark Sanford forgiven for his affair, which also included abdicating his gubernatorial responsibilities, being elected to Congress. There’s David “diaper” Vitter’s continual presence in the Senate. Then Anthony Weiner decided to run for mayor of New York City. None of these men have the record in public service close the the “sheriff of Wall Street,” with no man inciting the fear of the elite on The Street than Eliot Spitzer.

But Spitzer has basically nothing in common with Weiner, aside from their low body fat and shared (and lightly observed) Jewish faith. Weiner is a talented politician who left Congress with no major legislative accomplishments and everything to prove. Spitzer was a major force in American public life for eight years despite having no particular talent for politics. Weiner’s online romances brought him down because they were weird. Spitzer’s ordinary sin — any number of politicians have survived prostitution scandals — ended his tenure as governor because his governorship was already going terribly. – Ben Smith

No one is better equipped for the office of comptroller, a citywide position, that Eliot Spitzer.

From the New York Times:

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 wager that voters are ready to look past his previous misconduct.

In a telephone interview on Sunday night, Mr. Spitzer, 54, sounding restless after an unwelcome hiatus from government, said he had re-envisioned the often-overlooked office and yearned to resurrect the kind of aggressive role he played as New York State’s attorney general. He said that after consulting with his family and taking the temperature of the city’s electorate, he believed New Yorkers would be open to his candidacy. “I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said.

Go, Eliot, go.

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3 Responses to Eliot Spitzer Deserves Another Chance

  1. DocP July 8, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I’m with you, Taylor. So big deal – Spitzer used a prostitute. Better than being one like most of the toadies in politics.

    • Taylor Marsh July 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Absolutely.

      Love Ben Smith’s quote!

  2. PeggySue July 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I absolutely agree with this:

    “No one is better equipped for the office of comptroller, a citywide position, than Eliot Spitzer.”

    There’s no one with better financial/legal savvy than Spitzer. In addition, he’s able to articulate the complex financial products and policies in understandable terms and point to the fault lines and irregularities [something the financial priests and banksters obviously would like to stamp out].

    I heard Spitzer say something interesting yesterday: that laws and regulations are not working in the Wild West era of financial dealings at the moment. The comptroller’s position, however, be it at a city the size of NYC or municipalities and/or counties charged with protecting pension funds, is the frontline of defense as well as reform. Too many comptrollers bought into the ‘pie in the sky’ Wall St.’s promise of high returns or were given kickbacks to ‘go along to get along.’ Put in a Sheriff of Wall St. into these positions and we might actually see things change for the better.

    I hope NYC gives Spitzer a chance to test the theory. He said he’s used the ‘reaction on the street’ to make his mind up–the way he’s been received and greeted by ordinary citizens as he goes about his daily life. His ‘sin’ was mild in comparison to some of these jokers. And he accepted responsibility for his actions.

    Spitzer is too talented to be wasted on a lifetime of mea culpas. Second chances have been given to lesser men. I’m hoping his request for forgiveness is fulfilled. The public needs a strong warrior on its side, warts and all.

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