The Comeback Kid? Spitzer Reportedly Considering Run

"Client 9" said to be thinking about public office again

By Scott Ross
|  Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009  |  Updated 7:40 AM EDT
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The Comeback Kid? Spitzer Reportedly Considering Run

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"Client 9" is even more popular than Gov. David Paterson.

A scant 18 months since slinking away in disgrace from the governor's mansion, Eliot Spitzer is said to be mulling another run for public office.

The hooker-happy ex-governor has been eying a run for state comptroller or the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand, sources close to Spitzer told the New York Post.

"He's weighing it," said one source.

Despite being forced to resign as governor in March 2008 after it was learned he was "Client 9" in a massive prostitution ring, Spitzer's approval rating is higher than that of the man who replaced him, David Paterson. Of course that's not saying much.

With two terms as the state's Attorney General under his belt, as well as his too-brief stint as governor, Spitzer is clearly drawn to public service, but others close to him say he realizes the time isn't right.

"There are people around him who want to see him [in office], and he sees himself there, too. He loves to be in the limelight. But he knows it can't happen," a source told the Post.

In the meantime, Spitzer will have to champion the cause of new Yorkers as a private citizen.

"If by politics you mean running for office again, I've a hard time seeing politics as a career. I wouldn't want to put my family through the agony," he told Vanity Fair magazine in its July issue. "But that doesn't mean I can't participate somehow in the public debate about the issues."

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