(CNN) – Hours before a deadline to submit enough signatures to qualify for the New York City primary ballot, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is confident he'll get the 3,750 signatures he needs.
Spitzer, a Democrat, leapt into the fray for city comptroller Sunday and has spent the last few days scrambling to get the necessary signatures while fielding questions around his return to politics five years after resigning as New York state governor amidst a prostitution scandal. He needs nearly 4,000 registered city Democrats to sign his petition by Thursday's end.
"We have put together a field operation. Everybody said, it is hard to gather 3,750 signatures over the course of a couple days on the streets of the city," Spitzer told CNN's Christine Romans on Thursday, declining to say how many signatures he has. "I feel pretty confident and we're out there today. And we'll see where we are tonight."
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Even if he does get the signatures, Spitzer would still need to go to the ballots and face voters who likely still remember the former "Sheriff of Wall Street's" fall from grace in 2008 after admitting that he paid a prostitute for sex.
"I feel the public is going to give me a fair hearing," Spitzer said, with "a gut instinct" about how people will recall his record as state attorney general and as an advocate on financial matters. "I think the public will be supportive."
One poll seems to agree with Spitzer's assessment, quickly putting him at the top of the race for comptroller, ahead of the only other major Democrat running for the post, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Another candidate for comptroller? The woman who claims to be the mistress who supplied Spitzer with prostitutes.
New York City has been dealing for months with talks of past sexual scandal in its city-wide races, with former Congressman Anthony Weiner running for the Democratic mayoral nomination despite his own resignation in 2011 after sending lewd photos of himself on Twitter. Weiner is also leading the polls.
For Spitzer, the return to politics is about a desire to return to public service, he said, after years of work as a media commenter and host, including work for CNN.
"I resigned because I believed it was the appropriate way to say I appreciate what accountability is all about. Which had been something I'd spoken about," Spitzer said. "Five years later I'm ready to go to the public and say here's the entirety of the record, here's totality of the record. I think I can serve once more, and I'm ready to serve if you want to bring me back."
Spitzer said that his family, despite some reports otherwise, fully supports his return to politics. That support includes his wife.