Spitzer Seeks Return to Politics After Prostitution Scandal

NEW YORK — Seeking redemption after a prostitution scandal waylaid his political career, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer launched a petition campaign Monday in a bid to become the comptroller of New York City.

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File photo: Eliot Spitzer (credit: U.S. Department of State)

If he succeeds in getting on the ballot for the September primary, Spitzer will join former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner — who is seeking the city’s Democratic mayoral nomination — as disgraced New York politicians trying to revive their careers in the same election.

“Politics is a contact sport,” Spitzer said Monday morning on radio’s “The Bill Press Show.” “I made significant errors. I stood up, accepted responsibility, resigned. It’s now been five years, I hope the public will extend its forgiveness to me.”

The decision was somewhat sudden, with Spitzer telling CBS on Monday that he reached it over the weekend. Now he knows the tough questions will come.

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