WASHINGTON -- New Yorkers won't elect Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner to anything, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani declared Wednesday when HuffPost asked how he felt about the surge of attention to the infamously libidinous former politicians, both of whom are now seeking redemption and a return to office.

But first, he chuckled, allowing that his hometown is often surprising.

"I don't know -- New York is a place that constantly amazes you," Giuliani said, after testifying before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on the Boston Marathon bombings.

Weiner -- the ex-congressman who eventually resigned after Tweeting pictures of his penis -- had the spotlight all to himself with his New York City mayoral bid, until Spitzer -- the notorious former New York governor who resigned amid a prostitution scandal -- decided this week to mount his comeback by running for the city's comptroller's office.

"I think in both cases there are much better candidates for both offices than either one of them," Giuliani said of the two Democrats. He backs his fellow Republican and former deputy mayor, Joe Lhota, for mayor.

"There are some other very good candidates both on the Republican side and the Democratic side to be mayor -- a lot better than Anthony Weiner," he said. "In the case of Mr. Spitzer, I think there'll be better candidates for comptroller than either one of them, and I think the people of New York will make that decision ultimately."

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  • Mark Sanford

    As South Carolina governor in 2009, Sanford admitted that he was having an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman and lied about his whereabouts, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130410/us-anthony-weiner-mayoral-run-glance/" target="_blank">reported</a>. He recently won a GOP runoff for the congressional seat in South Carolina's 1st district and is engaged to his mistress, Maria Belen Chapur.

  • Chuck Robb

    Virginia Democrat Chuck Robb took another shot at the U.S. Senate in 1994, years after admitting to a secret history of partying and sexual encounters, according to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/14/us/after-six-years-of-scandal-senator-seeks-redemption.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a>. He won his bid for a second term.

  • Eliot Spitzer

    The Democrat resigned as governor of New York in 2008 in a call-girl scandal and has since worked as a commentator for CNN and other media organizations, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130410/us-anthony-weiner-mayoral-run-glance/" target="_blank">reported</a>.

  • Newt Gingrich

    Former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/newts-women-newt-gingrich_n_860341.html#s277211&title=19621980" target="_blank">history of marriages, divorces and affairs</a> reemerged in the spotlight while making an unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2012.

  • Barney Frank

    Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank's career was almost derailed in 1989 after he admitted to a relationship with a male prostitute, but went on to serve for two more decades before retiring, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130410/us-anthony-weiner-mayoral-run-glance/" target="_blank">reported</a>.

  • David Vitter

    He won a second term as a Republican senator from Louisiana in 2010, three years after he was identified as a client of a prostitution service in what was dubbed the "DC Madam" scandal, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130410/us-anthony-weiner-mayoral-run-glance/" target="_blank">reported</a>.

  • Bill Clinton

    Former President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House in 1998 but acquitted by the Senate over his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130410/us-anthony-weiner-mayoral-run-glance/" target="_blank">reported</a>.

  • Ted Kennedy

    Massachusetts Democrat Edward "Ted" Kennedy was serving in the Senate in 1969, when he <a href="http://www.upi.com/Audio/Year_in_Review/Events-of-1969/Chappaquiddick/12303189849225-7/" target="_blank">was involved in</a> a post-party car accident that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and while the incident was thought to have damaged his presidential prospects, he ultimately served in the Senate until 2009, when he died of brain cancer.

  • Ken Calvert

    The California Republican was serving his first year in Congress in 1993 when he was <a href="http://www.croftononline.com/calvert.JPG" target="_blank">busted by police</a> while engaged in sexual conduct with a prostitute. The incident didn't slow down his political career, as Calvert is still serving on Capitol Hill.