“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.
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.