Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is running for City Comptroller five years after resigning from office amid a prostitution scandal.
Speaking to WNYC Sunday night, Spitzer confirmed his plans to make a political comeback, saying he would start collecting the signatures he needs to get on the ballot as a Democrat starting Monday.
Candidates for citywide offices like the comptroller's must have 3,750 signatures from registered voters in their party by Thursday.
The New York Times first reported the story on Sunday.
Until now, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was the leading Democratic candidate for the office and was widely expected to cruise to the November general election. He's raised more than $3.5 million and spent about $566,000, city campaign finance records show, while his opponents have yet to report any fund-raising or spending.
They include Republican John Burnett, who has worked on Wall Street in various finance capacities and just recently declared his candidacy; Green Party candidate Juila Willebrand, a former teacher; and former madam Kristin Davis.
Spitzer has spoken in the past about the potential for the comptroller's job to look into corporate misdeeds. That would be similar to what he did as New York State attorney general.
His late entry to the race comes after the June deadline to participate in New York City's public finance program. Spitzer is expected to rely on his personal fortune to fund the campaign.
In a campaign season that's been largely dominated by the mayoral race, reaction was swift from Democrats Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, and Bill de Blasio. All are backing Stringer. No word yet from Anthony Weiner's campaign.