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Spitzer, In Comeback Attempt, Will Run For City Comptroller

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Former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned five years ago as a result of a prostitution scandal, is looking to resume his political career this fall.

Spitzer will seek to get on the ballot in the race for city comptroller.

"I have loved every day of public service, when I was assistant district attorney, when I was attorney general of the state, when I was governor of the state -- it's been five years since then, and I want to participate and I want to serve," Spitzer told NY1's Josh Robin in his first television interview regarding his decision Sunday night.

Regarding the circumstances of his resignation, Spitzer said, "I want to say to the public: On one hand, I want to ask their forgiveness for what led to my resignation -- which obviously will be part of this conversation -- but also ask the public to remember what I did as attorney general. I think there are so many issues where I'd like to be a participant, and if the public thinks the skills that I can bring to the table as comptroller are relevant, then I would be honored to serve."

Spitzer resigned the governorship on March 17, 2008, after he had been caught on a federal wiretap arranging an illegal liaison with a prostitute.

While the Democrat kept a low profile immediately following his resignation, he has since worked as a television commentator, briefly hosting a show on CNN and appearing as a NY1 Wise Guy on NY1's Inside City Hall.

Before he was elected governor he served as State Attorney General for eight years.

Spitzer would have to collect some 3,700 signatures by Thursday to get his name on the ballot, where he would face Manhattan Borough President and fellow Democrat Scott Stringer for the job as the city's top money man.

Spitzer tells NY1 he will use own funds to finance his bid.

In response to the news, the Stringer campaign issued a statement Sunday night saying, "Scott Stringer has a proven record of results and integrity and entered this race to (help) New York's middle class regain its footing. By contrast, Eliot Spitzer is going to spurn the campaign finance program to try and buy personal redemption with his family fortune. The voters will decide."

Spitzer's move comes after another disgraced local politician began his own political comeback. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is at the top of the polls in the mayor's race, after resigning from the House when it became clear he lied about Tweeting lewd pictures of himself to women. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP