Spitzer: “I know the public has forgiveness. We’ll see if it extends to me”

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Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is seeking forgiveness from the public as he runs for New York City comptroller after he resigned five years ago amid a prostitution scandal.

“I know the public has forgiveness. We’ll see if it extends to me,” Spitzer said on 710-AM (WOR) this morning.

eliot_spitzer_298_apSpitzer resigned as governor in March 2008, just 15 months after taking office. The former attorney general will have to win back the public’s trust, not only because of the prostitution scandal but because his short stint as governor was marred by battles with the Legislature and questions about Spitzer’s temperament to be a chief executive, some political experts said.

“There was always questions about temperament that Eliot is going to have to address — separate from the behaviors that caused him to resign,” said former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh, Westchester County.

Spitzer said in radio interviews today that he’s willing to face his problems publicly.

“I don’t encourage anybody to see the valleys that I have seen,” Spitzer said. “But it is educational, it’s painful. It’s what leads to growth and reflection. I’m not going to shy away from those moments, and hopefully I’ve learned from them.”

State GOP chairman Ed Cox ripped Spitzer’s run.

“Eliot Spitzer’s entrance into the Comptroller’s race proves that the Democratic Culture of Corruption is alive and well,” Cox said in a statement. “How can anyone take New York City Democrats seriously when their ballot this November may include all three of Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner and Vito Lopez?”

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  1. North of the Hutch on

    Spitzer, Weiner, Lopez; real nice crowd our Democrats are hanging around with. I can smell the sleeze over here.

    Is it any wonder NY spends the most, but acheives the least?

  2. the consultant on

    the problem for elliot is not forgiveness….the problem for elliot is that he was a hypocrite while occupying a public office and charged with upholding the law…at the very same time he was breaking the law by paying
    for sex…now I don;t have a particular problem with
    prostitution but I certainly have a problem with a former attorney general who prosecuted others for patronizing a prostitute while he did exactly the same thing so its a matter of trust not forgiveness..yes elliot we forgive you but we don’t trust you