After working as a commentator and host on Current TV and CNN following a career-aborting scandal, Eliot Spitzer is returning to politics, telling the New York Times on Sunday that he will be running for city comptroller in New York.
Spitzer’s decision to enter the race will test the public’s ability to overlook past scandal, in his case his resignation in 2008 as New York’s governor after it was revealed he had patronized high-end prostitutes. Anthony Weiner, another outspoken New York figure who resigned a House seat 2011 after revelations that he had been sending sexually suggestive messages to young women, is running for another citywide office, mayor of New York.
“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” Spitzer told the New York Times.
Even as Spitzer pursued a career as a TV pundit and online columnist, there has been speculation that he eventually would attempt a return to public life. After his resignation as governor, he wrote for Slate starting in 2008, often on the financial crisis. he was hired by CNN in 2010 to co-host a daily show, “Parker Spitzer,” along with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker. He eventually went solo as host of the show, renamed “In the Arena,” but CNN dropped it in 2011. He joined Current TV in 2012, hosting “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” but he left the network shortly after it announced its sale to Al Jazeera.
Spitzer was the subject of Alex Gibney’s documentary, “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” which examined the scandal and the wealth of adversaries he collected on Wall Street as he pursued investigations of major securities fraud and white collar crime.