(CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace over a prostitution scandal, said Monday morning he made his decision to re-enter politics as recently as this past weekend.
In a series of media interviews, Spitzer attempted to explain his surprising revelation from Sunday night that he plans on running for city comptroller in this year's election.
The announcement quickly invoked other recent attempts at political comebacks–namely Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford–but Spitzer says his campaign is not a quest for redemption.
"If that's what I want, then I don't think this is the path to it. What I am seeking is service," he said on CBS' "This Morning."
But Spitzer clearly acknowledged he knows his path back into politics will reopen the scandal that derailed his career in 2008. Already the New York Post, known for its sometimes controversial headlines, made Spitzer the focus of its front page Monday morning: "Here we ho again!"
Attempting to brush it off, Spitzer said his strategy for countering the jokes is "willpower."
"You need fortitude. You need skin as thick as a rhinoceros. And you need a desire to serve the public," he said on CBS.
Spitzer said in his interviews that he was motivated to run not by recent political comebacks–such as Weiner's rise in the polls for New York City mayor or Sanford's successful congressional campaign–but by personal pleas from New Yorkers themselves, who've asked him to get back into public service, he says.
"I don't want to say I saw Anthony, but I think the more important point may be...this is a land of second chances," he said in a radio interview on the Bill Press Show. "There's a lot of clichés on both sides of that one. But I think it is a land of forgiveness, of people in their natural goodness (who) understand the fact that...we sin, we pay a price and hopefully continue."
Pressed further on whether Weiner's plunge into the mayoral race made an impact on Spitzer's decision, he said on CBS he'll "have to make a case very different than any other person has made."
"I expect I will make it every day between now and the election," he continued.
The former governor, who also hosted a show on CNN following his resignation, said he discussed his last-minute decision with his family. He also shot down rumors that he and his wife are separated.
"I wouldn't do this if I didn't think the family would be supportive," he said on CBS.
"Politics is a contact sport. I made significant errors. I stood up, accepted responsibility, resigned," he said earlier on the Bill Press Show. "I will say to the public look what I've done in the intervening five years. Look what my record was as attorney general and governor. And I hope the public feels that it can extend its vote to me once again. That's all I can ask for."