(CNN) – The New York City comptroller is responsible for managing the city's pension funds along with advising on the health of the city's finances, not financial regulation. But that isn't stopping former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer from celebrating his record doing exactly that in his latest campaign ad.
Known at the "Sheriff of Wall Street" during his time as state Attorney General, Spitzer's new ad, which premiered online Thursday, features images of an empty Wall Street with patriotic music playing, financial powers apparently running scared. "Guess they heard he's back," the ad reads.
Spitzer, a Democrat, has been hard to miss since his dramatic entrance in the race for comptroller earlier this month.
The comptroller's race had been a sideshow compared to the main event of the New York City mayor's race, with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer the only major candidate for the Democratic nomination.
Barely two weeks after securing enough signatures to make the ballot however, Spitzer's presence has made the bid for comptroller a nationally watched race.
"As comptroller, Eliot will use the power of our public investments to make Wall Street act fairly, protecting retirement security for New York's working families," reads an email announcing the ad to supporters from senior campaign advisor Miriam Hess.
"He'll ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely and to benefit us all–not a privileged few. And he'll keep us on solid footing, so what happened in Detroit will never happen in New York City."
The new ad is part of a $450,000 buy premiering this week and will be featured primarily on major news websites. Its twin came out Monday, a less triumphant spot that instead featured Spitzer's admission of the personal failing that lead to his resignation as New York governor in 2008. It was revealed that he paid prostitutes for sex.
Since resigning as governor, Spitzer has worked as a commentator for various news organizations, including CNN.
Despite Spitzer's prominence, the ad campaign will likely still be overshadowed by the other major sex scandal currently embroiling New York politics. Former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is now running for mayor, is dealing with new revelations of more pornographic messages sent to women online even after he resigned from Congress in 2011.