New Yorkers who learned of former Governor Eliot Spitzer's planned return to politics Monday were split on the impact it could have on City Hall. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
During his time as state Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer became known as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" for his aggressive push to regulate the finance industry. As Spitzer searches for political redemption by running for City Comptroller, people on Wall Street have mixed opinions on that plan.
"Wasted too much time and money, went after the Wall Street guys with a little too much gusto, when he really should've been taking care of himself first," said one Wall Street worker.
"Everybody's past is their past we shouldn't be dwelling on the same thing," said another worker.
Some voters were generally forgiving. They even used Anthony Weiner's run for mayor as a reason they could see supporting Spitzer.
"I think everybody makes mistakes and maybe they should give him a chance. Look at Weiner, he's coming far," said one New Yorker.
"He was good at what he did, he just made some poor choices in his life," said another New Yorker.
Still, skeptics wonder if Spitzer can really put the prostitution scandal behind him and earn the public's trust again.
"Honestly I really don't feel he has any of my confidence to be running for office after everything he went through and everything that went public," said one New Yorker.
"It's still fresh in my memory what he did in 2008, which was not so much salacious but the fact that he lied in the course of his activities," said another New Yorker.
The former governor will need to scramble to get nearly 4,000 people to sign his nominating petitions by the Thursday deadline.
"No I don't think so. Not right now, I'd have to listen to what he has to say," said one New Yorker.
"I'm a big fan of his, I would love to see him come back," said another New Yorker.
Spitzer's opponent is Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the presumed former frontrunner. His name recognition is nowhere near Spitzer's, for better or worse.
"I don't know, I never heard of him," said one New Yorker.
"Never heard of him," said another New Yorker.
The comptroller's race was once assumed to be an easy win for Stringer. But with Spitzer possibly in the mix, it's now one of the most interesting contests this year.