Shel: Spitzer Doesn't Stand a Chance

By Jennifer Millman
|  Friday, Sep 4, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 AM EDT
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Shel: Spitzer Doesn't Stand a Chance

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver doesn't believe Spitzer has any intention of running for political office anytime soon.

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Forgetaboutit.

If disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is seriously thinking about running for political office again, he should think again – there's no way he can get ahead of the prostitution scandal that brought him down, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said yesterday.

"I don't think the time is right," Silver said on Albany's Talk1300-AM when questioned about whether he would support another political play by Spitzer.

Silver was responding to a New York Post report earlier this week that the hooker-happy ex-governor might be considering a political comeback next year.

Sources told the Post that Spitzer, who's said his own poll numbers are better than Gov. David Paterson's (that's not difficult), would likely not attempt a run for governor, focusing instead on the comptroller position or unseating Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Spitzer had no comment for the Post, and Silver says that's because he's not serious about running.

"It may be some of the people close to him testing the waters as to what kind of negatives still prevail on that," Silver said. "I don't believe [he's] is thinking of that, and I don't think he wants to put his family through this."

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