Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer launched a political comeback last night with a surprise announcement that he’s running for City comptroller — and one of his opponents is the madam who used to arrange his affairs with hookers.
“I hope people forgive me, and I hope they give me a second chance,’’ Spitzer, 54, told The Post, touting his experience as “attorney general and governor and assistant district attorney.”
“I want to do to the comptroller’s office what I did to the AG’s office: re-energize it, re-envision it, and hopefully, the public will give me that opportunity.
“I have acknowledged the wrongdoing and have moved on. I will ask the public for forgiveness.
Spitzer — who resigned as governor in 2008 after the feds caught him frequenting an exclusive prostitution ring — may have been encouraged to take on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary for comptroller after seeing how well mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is doing now, insiders said.
Weiner — who resigned from Congress in 2011 after tweeting photos of his privates to women — is now leading some polls.
“All you need is Vito Lopez running for public advocate and you call it the Perv Party,” sniped one City Hall source, referring to the former state assemblyman and current City Council candidate who was drummed out of office amid sexual-harassment claims.
Alexis de Tocqueville said “In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.” I agree. New York City deserves Weiner and Spitzer. Now if we can just get Alec Baldwin to run for something too.
“In a democracy, people usually get the kind of government they deserve,and they deserve what they get.” – Hunter Thompson