April 8th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Spitzer wants to run again

Former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer told Fortune Magazine that he hopes his career in politics is not over.
Former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer told Fortune Magazine that he hopes his career in politics is not over.

(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."


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Spitzer wold be a huge improvement over most of the now-elected schmucks.

    April 8, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Dipti

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Doug,lib jersey

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Dis-Gusted

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Dis-Gusted

    Regarding our "sins" should have said "Let those who live in glass houses, cast the first stone." Just had to correct that.

    April 8, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Andy from NYC

    Elliot should be called Elliot "coulliones" Spitzer. What balls!

    April 8, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. gary

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Pat F

    "I love politics," Spitzer said in an interview with Fortune. "The substance, the debate about the issues."

    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?"

    April 8, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Marc in Virginia

    "I love politics," Spitzer said in an interview with Fortune. "The substance, the debate about the issues."

    He forgot to mention the skanks.

    April 8, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Peter

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Cosmo

    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.

    April 8, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. j

    I think he should. Let the voters decide whether they want him or not.

    April 8, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Anonymous

    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.

    April 8, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. michael armstrong sr.

    Our country has no room for screw up's Spitzer needs to go work for Wall MART .

    April 8, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Patrick

    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.

    April 8, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    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.

    April 8, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    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!!!)

    April 8, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Marco V

    Welcome back!

    April 8, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. jeff jackson, alabama

    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.

    April 8, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Capt. Snarky

    "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......."

    April 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. jane trahey

    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.

    April 8, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. geecee

    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.

    April 8, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Really?

    Does he love politics as much as hookers?

    April 8, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |