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Eliot Spitzer loved politics, so will he run again?

April 28, 2010

This much is clear — Eliot Spitzer loved politics, he loved being New York governor, he loved being New York attorney general.

So will he run for public office again?

Well here it gets a little bit like watching a tennis ball going back and forth over the net. REGULATION-SUMMIT/

Asked at the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit whether he was considering running for office again, Spitzer replied “No.”

But had he ruled it out? The answer from the Democrat was not quite as precise.

“I’m not yet ready to throw in the towel,” he said, joking (we think) that it’s like the goal of winning Wimbledon.

“You never quite give up on anything and rule things off the map. And so have I said I’m never running for office again? No. Have I said am I thinking about it at this moment? No. Did I love politics? Yes. Did I grow up at the age of 2 saying it’s the only thing I want to do with my life? No.”

(Where is that decoder ring when you need it?)

“I loved it. I enjoyed it. Tried to do good things, did some, didn’t do others.”

REGULATION-SUMMIT/Does he think people have started to forgive and forget?

“I have no idea. I don’t venture to surmise anything in that regard,” Spitzer said.

That was of course in reference to his political downfall after being caught in a prostitution scandal in 2008 that involved federal wiretaps, emails and text messages.

And while Spitzer on Wednesday did not specifically mention the scandal, it was clear at least one lesson had been learned.

“I can tell you if I never send another email, I’ll be a happy guy,” he said. “When I give speeches occasionally, I say to people — let me give you one piece of useful advice, don’t touch your Blackberry ever again, it will get you into trouble.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid (Spitzer at Reuters Summit)

Comments

Please run in Florida

Posted by icueicue | Report as abusive
 

But for the dishonest hyprocritic behavior of Spitzer, NY would not have to suffer a replacement governor whom voters did not elect to the post.

Fooled the first time, it’s the crook’s deceit.
Second time around, voters are choosing to become fools.

The market crashed, among other reasons, because investors worldwide lost confidence at the brazen dishonest behavior of Lehman’s Brother and the U.S. government’s failure to control, or to some degree, at the collusional behavior of H Paulson, Sumners with these big corrupt Wall Street players.

Spitzer is EXACTLY THE TYPE WHO WOULD PROSECUTER SOME PROTOTYPE OF BIG CORRUPT CORPORATION AND THEN SLEEP WITH THEM BEHIND THE PUBLIC EYE. Go, Talk about his coming back if you want America to lose more confidence from investors worldwide.

Honesty and integrity are what America need the most in the politicians in the state of Wall Street.

Spitzer’s blatant skill is that he can be outrageously dishonest, absolutely without integrity, and yet fool voters, jury, and Hollywood to the opposite.

America cannot get strong and back on its feet until we have the courage and determination to root out crooks and say goodbye forever.

GOODBYE SPITZER. Nobody deserves to be fooled the second time, not even if you think you have help from Hollywood!! Hollywood is fiction. We live in the real world!

Posted by Jos5319 | Report as abusive
 

GOODBYE SPITZER. Nobody deserves to be fooled the second time around.

You would have been a great candidate for the crooks who make a great show to prosecute fraud in NY while taking your time with the big fat pocket Wall Street crooks.

—-just like you prosecuted prostitution rings— great show,
and then sleep with them in real life.

For you to become elected would further trash the teetering confidence of world investors into any transparency, integrity or honesty in rooting out fraud from Wall Street.

Posted by Jos5319 | Report as abusive
 

His resignation was a huge mistake.

Just how much a mistake was demonstrated by the the SC Governor who refused to resign after being caught and Senator from Louisiana whose name appeared on a list of clients for a house of prostitution in DC.

Both would not even consider resigning and haven’t. Nor has the Senator from Nevada in the midst of a cheating/payoff scandal investigation.

Resigning may have been what the higher ideals he ascribes to demanded of him, but clearly political peers feel very differently.

Considering the overwhelming good he did in his public positions fighting crime, his personal transgression was not enough to justify this nation losing one of the most effective champions for justice and fair play.

His crime was personal, consensual. He betrayed trust true, but he did not commit a crime that inflicted harm or loss on anyone save himself and his family which in many ways is punishment in and of itself.

If he had stayed in office many of the big bank gamblers would be on their way to jail.

Only his resignation stopped that in its tracks.

Wall Street let out a huge cheer when he left office, because they knew the most effective champion for capitalism lost power to stymie their transformation of our nation from a capitalist country into a kleptocratic nation where thievery is legalized and operates as the norm in our financial markets.

Odd how few realize he is the one who fought to keep capitalism honest.

America needs our champions very badly, and we can’t afford to waste one, because they failed to live up to standards higher and stricter than the common man’s.

Few if any would have lost their job for what he did, even if picked up by the police and convicted, and we know what fellow politicians have done afterwards – stay in office regardless.

We are all Imperfect, flawed.

Expecting our heroes to be perfect is self-defeating as well as naive.

It’s their imperfections that make them so able to catch the real criminals that hurt hundreds, thousands Etc.

We have to stop judging the public professional by his private personal life and judge him by his “public performance”.

I truly hope he runs and wins big.

The nation needs as many Eliot Spitzers as it can get.

Posted by jonathanseer | Report as abusive
 

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