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Key Question in NYC 2013: What Can Voters Forgive?

Monday, July 08, 2013

Reporters swarm former Governor Eilot Spitzer as he tries to collect petition signatures for his late entry into the city comptroller race. (WNYC/Brigid Bergin)

Former Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his intentions to run for city comptroller with a plea for forgiveness from voters.

"I'm asking forgiveness from them for my indiscretions, my violations of trust," Spitzer told WNYC's Brian Lehrer on Monday.

But he's not alone. There are plenty of other local candidates this year who have to explain themselves as they ask for votes. Some, like Spitzer and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, have to answer for personal failings. Others still face questions after being linked to corruption scandals. And then, there is the lingering controversy over term limits.

To hear Anna Sale's full story, click the audio above.

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Love Spitzer's quote in the New York Times regarding getting enough signatures to run for comptroller: "I am going to be on the street corners. We will be out across the city." And why would we want a comptroller who doesn't understand the logistics of wire transfers? On another note, I have to thank him for inspiring my first novel, VIRTUE. I was intrigued why a man would risk his entire career and reputation and even further intrigued why a pretty girl from a middle-class family would enter the oldest profession. VIRTUE takes you on an empathic journey of a high-class call girl, and how she prevails despite bewildering ultimatums.

Jul. 09 2013 10:45 AM
carolita from nyc

I think Wiener and Spitzer benefitting from the public's amnesia now. People don't remember that Spitzer was actually trying to harshly prosecute "johns" while he was engaging the services of sex workers himself, with a subterfuge that belies any notion of sincerity he may be professing to qualify his need for redemption with now. And Wiener, my goodness. If it all went to his head once, it'll happen again in one form or another. People don't change. Especially not men.

Jul. 08 2013 10:21 PM

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