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Eliot Spitzer Plans Run For New York City Comptroller's Office

07/07/2013 08:40 pm 20:40:26 | Updated Jul 08, 2013

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer plans a run for the New York City comptroller's office, according to an interview released Sunday night by The New York Times.

Spitzer resigned from the governorship in 2008 amidst a high-profile prostitution scandal. He later went on to co-host the CNN show "In The Arena," which was later canceled by the network. More recently, Spitzer hosted "Viewpoint" on Current TV.

Speaking to the Times, Spitzer said, "I'm hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it." He also explained what he would like to do with the position:

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."

Spitzer's jump back into New York politics coincides with the reemergence of Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who resigned his position following a sexting scandal. Weiner announced in May that he was entering the New York City mayoral race.

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