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.
Spitzer 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?”