Two great choices for New York City voters this year: Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. You can’t make this stuff up.
Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, is re-entering political life, with a run for the citywide office of comptroller and a hope that voters have forgiven him his previous misconduct.
In an interview, Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat, said that he believes he could make a big impact in the role, and is asking New Yorkers to give him a second chance.
“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said in a telephone interview Sunday night.
His re-entry comes in an era when politicians —like Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina and the New York mayoral contender Anthony D. Weiner — have shown that public disapproval, especially over sexual misconduct, can be fleeting, and voters seem open to those who seek forgiveness and redemption.
Mr. Spitzer, an aggressive watchdog over Wall Street when he served as attorney general, wants to overhaul the sometimes overlooked office into a more activist one, given the power the comptroller exercises over the city’s pension funds and city spending.
“The metaphor is what I did with the attorney general’s office,” he said Sunday night. “It is ripe for greater and more exciting use of the office’s jurisdiction.”