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Self-avowed madam who claims Spitzer ties is running for NY governor

From Jamie Guzzardo, CNN
  • Kristin Davis claims she provided prostitutes to former New York Gov. Spitzer
  • She says she is now running for governor herself
  • She says she filed 22,000 voter signatures with the state to get on the ballot

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.

According to the website, prior to starting an escort service she spent 10 years in finance and was vice president of a hedge fund.

Davis served four months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of promoting prostitution, according to her website.

Spitzer declined to comment on Davis' candidacy.

Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 after it was revealed he visited a high-priced prostitute

It was announced in June that Spitzer will co-host a nightly discussion program on CNN starting this fall.