(CNN) – If New Yorkers have their way, there won't be a President Bloomberg anytime soon.
A new Marist Poll released Wednesday said 64 percent of registered voters in New York City do not want independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president.
And a Mayor Spitzer? Sixty two percent of voters do not want former Democratic New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to run for mayor in 2013.
New York (CNN) - A former madam who claims to have provided prostitutes to former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer says she is running as an independent candidate for governor.
Kristin Davis, one of eight candidates who secured positions on the November ballot by filing independent petitions, lists herself as the gubernatorial candidate of the Anti-Prohibition Party, according to the New York State Board of Elections.
"I am running on a platform of personal and economic freedom," Davis writes on her website. "I want to end the prohibition on marijuana, gay marriage and casino gambling to generate new revenues instead of raising taxes on already over-taxed New Yorkers."
On her website, Davis describes herself as "the ex-Madam who supplied call-girls for Eliot Spitzer when he was both Attorney General and Governor." She says she filed 22,000 voter signatures with the board of elections to get on the ballot.
Washington (CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Kathleen Parker will co-host a new hour long CNN primetime news program starting in the fall as the nation prepares for the 2010 midterm election, the network announced Wednesday morning.
The yet-to-be-named “roundtable discussion” program will air at 8 p.m. ET replacing Campbell Brown.
“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in a statement released by the network. “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest – in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes.”
Klein made the announcement in Wednesday’s network wide editorial conference call with CNN staff.
Parker, whose columns appear in over 400 newspapers twice a week, in April received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She describes herself as a “rational” conservative.
(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."
NEW YORK (CNN) – Scandal-tarnished former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has found an opportunity to reassert his authority - in the classroom.
Spitzer, who resigned in March 2008 in the wake of a federal investigation that revealed that he had used a prostitution service, is teaching an upper-level political science course at the City College of New York during the fall semester.
On Tuesday, Spitzer began instructing junior and senior undergraduate students on "Law and Public Policy" as an adjunct faculty member of the historic City College in Manhattan.
"We're thrilled about it," Mary Lou Edmondson, CCNY's vice president for communications and marketing told CNN. Edmondson said that the former governor's "practical experience" made him an attractive hire. "He certainly has unique experience in law and public policy and politics," she said.
(CNN) - OK - this one's really got to hurt.
A new poll suggests that a majority of New Yorkers would prefer to have disgraced former governor Eliot Spitzer in office right now instead of the current governor, David Paterson.
And the Marist College poll, released Monday, indicates that less than 1 in 5 New Yorkers approve of the job Paterson's doing as governor. Paterson's a Democrat, but even among his own party, only 22 percent think he's doing a good or excellent job in office.
This new Marist poll continues a trend seen in other recent surveys of New York voters that indicate Paterson's numbers are plummeting.
Two-thirds of those polled say Paterson doesn't have what it takes to lead the state.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Monday said his involvement with a prostitution ring caused "excruciating pain" to his family, but that he is trying to balance it with an "obligation" to speak out about issues plaguing the economy.
Spitzer told NBC's Today Show he has been asked repeatedly for his expertise on issues that are "shaking the very foundations of our economy," but that he only agreed to return to the public eye after consulting his wife and daughters.
"I have flaws," Spitzer said. "I've tried to think about it deeply, address it. As I say, there are no excuses. I've tried to address these gremlins and confront them. What I did was an egregious violation of trust to my family, colleagues, to the state. I paid a price and appropriately so."
In the interview, Spitzer was asked to estimate how often and for how long he was involved with prostitutes.
"Not frequently, not long in the grand context of my life," Spitzer said. "It was an egregious violation of behavior that I fell into for many reasons, but none of them an excuse or justifiable."
Spitzer resigned from office last March after it was revealed that he had patronized a prostitution ring. He has not been charged with any crime connected to those allegations.
(CNN) – Which politician should be top Santa's naughty list this year? If the American public had anything to say about it, Rod Blagojevich would beat out John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer for the title of the naughtiest politician of 2008.
Asked which political figure deserved a lump of coal this Christmas, the scandal-scarred Blagojevich was picked by more Americans than the other two candidates combined.
Nineteen percent thought that Edwards, who admitted cheating on his wife during his presidential bid, was the naughtiest. And 23 percent thought that Spitzer, who resigned as New York's government amid a call-girl scandal, should get the nod.
But 56 percent said that Blagojevich, who has been arrested on corruption charges, was the naughtiest pol in 2008.
NEW YORK (CNN) - For those who can't get enough of the sex scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Sirius Satellite Radio has launched what it is calling "Client 9 Radio," a special channel dedicated to covering all aspects of the Spitzer saga.
The new station began broadcasting Friday at 5 p.m. ET, the company announced. Programming will continue only until midnight on March 17, a statement from Sirius said.
Spitzer resigned Thursday after a federal probe looking into suspicious money transfers linked him to a prostitution ring.
He apologized for not living up to expectations, but did not admit to anything specific. Spitzer has not been charged with any crime.
The new channel was launched in response to strong interest shown by Sirius' audiences in the story, the company said.
It will offer a "forum for this national conversation," where listeners are invited to call in and discuss all aspects of the story.
Additionally, "Client 9 Radio" will offer segments produced with Sirius commentators and experts, such as Judith Regan and Bill Bennett, the statement said.
– CNN's Amy Sahba
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In his first public words about the Justice Department investigation involving New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday that he had become aware of the case only recently, and stressed that he played no role in decisions to pursue the prostitution ring that ensnared Spitzer.
"I learned a couple of weeks ago," Mukasey said. "... I did learn of it, but it was informational, not a matter of authority."
The attorney general stressed the U.S. attorney offices report directly to the deputy attorney general, not to him.
Aides to Mukasey said earlier this week U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia in New York, where the investigation is centered, did not seek authorization from the deputy attorney general - nor in this case did he have to do so.
As the investigation culminated, Acting Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford was leaving the post, and newly confirmed Deputy Mark Filip was arriving at the Justice Department.
Mukasey emphasized that no charges have yet been brought against Spitzer.
"We have no case against Eliott Spitzer. We have a case in which people have been charged, in which it has been alleged that he was customer - number 9 is, I think, the designation. That's all we have. I underline: no case against Eliot Spitzer."
A senior Justice Department official promptly stressed that Mukasey was simply referring to the fact that no charges against Spitzer have been brought by his New York prosecutors, and his comments should not be taken to suggest that charges will or will not be brought against Spitzer.
Mukasey made his comments in response to a question from CNN's Paula Newton as he spoke to reporters at the London School of Economics, where he met with British officials to discuss international crime and counter-terrorism issues.
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