(CNN) - Former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, who resigned his post in 2008 after it was revealed he visited a high-priced prostitute, says he hopes his career in politics is not over.
"I love politics," Spitzer said in an interview with Fortune. "The substance, the debate about the issues."
Spitzer, who has quietly made efforts to repair his image in the two years since his resignation, reportedly considered challenging New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary later this year. Gillibrand was appointed to her seat after Sen. Hillary Clinton was confirmed as Secretary of State.
But Spitzer, who enjoyed considerably higher approval ratings as governor than his successor - current Gov. David Paterson - says a 2010 run is probably not in the cards.
"As for a race in 2010? It is just hard to see," he said. "I've never said I would never consider running for office again."
Spitzer wold be a huge improvement over most of the now-elected schmucks.
I sincerely hope that Mr. Spitzer runs again. Yes, he made a mistake, but he is what America (not just New York) needs. He's an extremely bright man, who can truly help bring proper financial regulation so these banks and other financial institutions don't get away with ripping off consumers.
As Democrats, Elliot and John Edwards can be expected to still win elections in America's most blue areas. That's not saying much, if Osama Bin Laden put a D next to his name he would win too.
The behavior of those such as Spitzer, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton and all the others who have been bad boys or the girls who were their partners in sin should not be condoned. However, sin is sin.....whatever it is. "Let those without sin cast the first stone." It's biblical.
We can be so provincial in this country, yet still have one of the highest rates of rapes and sexual molestation cases in the world.
Look, what is wrong with a little purchased nookie on the side if he paid for it with his own funds? Yes, we know it is illegal, but let's be realistic.
Like him or not, Spitzer belongs in government. I personally think he should be NYC's comptroller. This man is too bright to be a news contributor.
Regarding our "sins" should have said "Let those who live in glass houses, cast the first stone." Just had to correct that.
Elliot should be called Elliot "coulliones" Spitzer. What balls!
He is very bright, loves his state and I think he'd be a great Senator. I don't think his personal behavior has anything to do with this ability to represent his state and I've getting tired of the news media getting high on dragging public figures through the mud. Enough is enough. The sex lives of Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods or Eliot Spitzer may sell products, but it's not news and it degrades our country.
He then added "And the access to hookers – I really love the access to high-priced hookers! Not to mention destroying business people who actually produce value in society – what a hoot! I actually got paid to drag down hoity-toity Harvard Business School types who think they're better than me! I could make those guys squeal like a pig anytime I wanted! With that, plus the first class hookers, what is there NOT to love about politics?"
He forgot to mention the skanks.
We don't want him, he's a cheat in everyyhing he does. Time for a conserative thinking person that can see New York for more than a big city. N.Y. is a vast, great state that deserves better than feeding NYCity billions in tax dollars. Spitzer deserves nothing, his chance is gone.
Elliot, do us all a favor and never consider running for public office. We can forgive, but we will not forget. Not just about you sexual indiscretions, but also your self righteous conduct as Attorney General and your attitude that you are the "steamroller". Mister, you steamrolled yourself into political roadkill. Move on.
I think he should. Let the voters decide whether they want him or not.
And he should run if he wants. His ability to be good at his job is no different than any other American.
If you are stopped for drunk driving does it mean you should be fired.? If you get a divorce shoul you lose your job?If you fall behind on your bills should you not be able to teach? NO
Higher standards for politicians is fine but be realistic- whay Spitzer did was between he and his wife and no one else.
Our country has no room for screw up's Spitzer needs to go work for Wall MART .
He broke laws why isn't he in jail? Only the most liberal of democrats would still vote for this guy. I don't even think he could get the democratic nomination. Go back to your hole you rat.
I wouldn't trust Spitzer if I were married to him and he surely shouldn't be trusted to be an honorable politician. Who knows what he wouldn't coverup to save his own hide, he has no integrity.
This guy's hubris is colossal! Anyone who lies while in public office doesn't deserve the honor of serving the public.
Wait a minute!!!!! That would eliminate ALL politicians!!!!!
Memo to Elliot: Find something else to do, like maybe flipping burgers. You'll be amazed at how a small lesson in humility goes a long way toward fixing you as a person. (As if THAT'S possible!!!)
All he needs to do is to assure the people of his
state that if elected he will push for a prostitution
tax to pay for his entertainment.
I don't forsee him having a problem running on
this platform and winning.
"I Luvs the money, and I Luvs having the common people under my thumb so, hell yeah, I hope my career in politics isn't over......."
Spitzer - whose wife gave up her own promising career so they could concentrate on his advancement - has targeted Gillibrand because she's a woman and he's your basic misogynist.
There's no way Spitzer - who famously is difficult to get along with - would fit in in the United States Senate. He may have been a good DA, but in truth, that's all he's fit for.
If his wife and children can forgive him, who are we to condemn. He did a good job while he was Governor. He is a good and astute politician. Maybe now he'll use his considerable brainpower to control his life instead of using his dumbstick. We'll see.
Does he love politics as much as hookers?