While Eliot Spitzer is steamrolling his way back into politics, his campaign seems to be running on somewhat of a shoe-string, with few staffers hired to run the operation, raising questions about whether the disgraced former governor will get enough signatures to make it on the ballot as a candidate for city comptroller. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
At Union Square, a lot of people want something from you. On Tuesday afternoon, none appeared to be working for a man who really needs New Yorkers' help: the former governor.
Eliot Spitzer has to get more than 3,700 signatures to run for city comptroller, and has only until Thursday to do it.
If Spitzer's progress Monday is any indication, he has well more than 3,600 to go.
For those who can make up the difference, Spitzer is said to be offering $800 for 100 signatures gathered in a day.
"Nothing wrong with that," he said. "If you don't have the clubs who are there to help you, then you do what you need to do to get the signatures."
Spitzer must also feel going on TV is what's needed. He's all but dominated the dial since Sunday, tearing up on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday when asked about how he's different.
"A lot of pain," he said on the show.
Despite the uncertainty over whether he'll even be on the ballot, Spitzer is planning ahead to television ads. He's using the person who did his spots when he ran for governor seven years ago.
Jimmy Siegel employed images to help elect Spitzer, but it's other clips that may be lasting.
"Look, I think that you just have to remind people that he has a resume that you could put up against any candidate for anything, anywhere," Siegel said. "So sometimes, I think among all this recent teeth gnashing and hand-wringing and hysteria that's coming from some quarters about him running, that gets lost."
Many elected officials say otherwise.
"I don't understand the thinking of what he has done as a public official," said Rep. Charles Rangel. "It is just totally, in my opinion, unheard of."
One of Spitzer's successors, Governor Andrew Cuomo, hasn't been shy about criticizing him in the past.
"I am just watching the theater that is going on in New York City, in this political season," Cuomo said Tuesday. "But I am going to reserve comment at this time."