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Eliot Spitzer loved politics, so will he run again?
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.
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.”
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)