City Comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer got some laughs, but also had to address his past, on the Tonight Show Friday night.
Spitzer told Jay Leno he decided to get back into politics over the last year while he was hosting a TV show, saying it's more fun to do than to critique.
Leno didn't let Spitzer's prostitution scandal slide, however.
Leno: How could you be this stupid? I don't say that glibly. I don't say that glibly, because it seemed like you were a guy, you know, I enjoy politics, and you were a guy who seemed to have, every time they tried to get you, you seemed to be the guy who crossed every T and dotted every I. How did you make this big a blunder?
Spitzer: When I used to speak about corporate governance back when I was the attorney general and stuff, there was a phrase I used that was, "Hubris is terminal." People who fall prey to hubris end up falling themselves, and that, I think, is something to which I think people in government are susceptible to, those who feel that they are somehow increasingly important or powerful. This is something that I think infected me, and the fall from grace is incredibly painful. It is something from which you learn, and hopefully, you can move on and contribute.
It's worth noting that Leno's other guest was Bill Hader, who impersonated Spitzer on Saturday Night Live.
Spitzer's Democratic opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, said Friday that he will not challenge the 27,000 signatures that Spitzer's team gathered this week to get him on the ballot.
"I am not afraid of this fight. Bring it on," Stringer said. "I know that there's a lot of money getting spent. I know this guy's not in the campaign finance system. I will have a financial disadvantage. But look what I did. I got 100,000 signatures."
Stringer will get slightly more public matching funds for advertising because Spitzer isn't participating in the campaign finance system.