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Eliot Spitzer comeback: Disgraced ex-Gov. launches NYC comptroller bid
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace in 2008 after being caught in a high-profile prostitution scandal, has thrown his hat into the ring to be New York City’s next comptroller.
After resigning in 2008, the Democrat went on to take jobs with CNN and Current TV. He said in an interview with the New York Times Sunday that he’s “hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it.”
Mr. Spitzer’s announcement coincides with recent comeback attempts by politicians caught in embarrassing sexual escapades.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who initially explained away a trip to Argentina in 2009 to meet his then-mistress and now-fiancee Maria Belen Chapur by telling staff he was hiking the Appalachian trail, was recently elected to Congress in a special election.
And former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, who resigned in 2011 after tweeting lewd photos of himself, is now running for mayor of New York City.
“People who walk with me on the street say, ‘People really do want you to get back in,’” Mr. Spitzer told the Times.
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