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Eliot Spitzer to toss hat back in the political ring

By Adam Reiss and Ed Payne, CNN
updated 11:40 PM EDT, Sun July 7, 2013
Eliot Spitzer is the former governor of New York. He says he's going to run for comptroller of New York City.
Eliot Spitzer is the former governor of New York. He says he's going to run for comptroller of New York City.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Spitzer says he plans to run for comptroller
  • NEW: Spitzer says he's looking for forgiveness and a second chance.
  • Spitzer resigned in 2008 in the wake of a prostitution scandal

(CNN) -- Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York in the wake of a prostitution scandal, is looking at a return -- this time as comptroller of New York City.

He said he hoped that voters would be able to see beyond his past.

"I accepted responsibly for what I did," Spitzer told CNN late Sunday night. "I spent five years of working, doing useful things, and I hope the public will offer me an opportunity."

Spitzer, a Democrat, resigned in 2008 after revelations about his relationship with a prostitute. Since stepping down, he has worked as a commentator for various news outlets, including CNN.

In running for comptroller, Spitzer said he's looking for forgiveness and a second chance.

"The metaphor is what I did with the attorney general's office," he said. "It is ripe for greater and more exciting use of the office's jurisdiction."

Besides serving as governor, Spitzer was New York's attorney general.

Spitzer said he has his wife's support as he jumps back into political life, but doesn't know if she'll be joining him on the campaign trail.

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