Spitzer says interest in serving as comptroller is about service, not limelight

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer today said it’s desire to “serve” and not the “limelight” that pushed him to run for New York City Comptroller.

The sex-scandal-scarred former governor made the comments to Capitol Correspondent Susan Arbetter on WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom.” Thursday morning Spitzer threw his hat in the ring for city comptroller late Sunday night.

Spitzer resigned in 2008 after admitting to having sex with high-priced prostitutes.

The former governor again asked voters forgiveness and weighed the impact on his family before making the decision to run saying, “Nobody enjoys absorbing the body blows.”

Spitzer said that no matter what he does or says, “some citizens will not support you,” but his run “gives the public the option to bring back someone who tried to be creative.”

The 30-minute interview covered a wide range of topics, including New York City’s financial future and the city’s upcoming union contract negotiations, and the handling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Spitzer needs nearly 4,000 signatures by Thursday to get on the Democratic primary ballot, and had said he will self-fund his campaign.


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