Anthony Weiner has company! Disgraced former NY governor Eliot Spitzer to run for New York City office against the madam who provided him with prostitutes
- Eliot Spitzer will run for NYC comptroller against Kristin Davis, the former madam who hooked him up with $1,000-per-hour sex romps
- The New York governor resigned in 2008 after the feds caught him on a wiretap arranging for an expensive tryst in Washington’s Mayflower Hotel
- Spitzer joins Anthony Weiner on the ballot – the former Congressman who tweeted photos of his barely-clothed private parts to young women
- Davis spent months in prison while Sanford was never charged. She says she’s looking forward to confronting him during a fall debate
By David Martosko DailyMail PUBLISHED: 8 July 2013 |
Eliot Spitzer, the one-time New York governor who resigned in disgrace after his involvement with high-price call girls became public in 2008, is getting back into politics. His bid to become New York City’s next comptroller will be complicated, however: One of the two most prominent candidates opposing him is Kristin Davis, the madam who spent three months in prison for running the prostitution ring that counted Spitzer among its clients.
And with that announcement Sunday evening, the entire city of New York collectively set its DVRs to record what would otherwise be a boring autumn debate.
Spitzer, who spent roughly $80,000 on prostitutes before his political work came crashing down five years ago, told The Wall Street Journal that he plans to use the comptroller’s office to audit city agencies, citing ‘critical issues of judgment if we are spending our dollars wisely.’
He will need to collect 3,750 signatures from New York City voters by July 11 – just four days away – to put his name on the ballot. I am going to be on the street corners,’ Spitzer told The New York Times without a hint of irony. ‘We will be out across the city.’
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Kristen Davis, a former hedge fund manager-turned-madam, announced her candidacy for the same post in April, and won the endorsement of the Libertarian Party to fly its banner on Election Day.
‘Bring it on,’ she told reporters when the news broke. ‘Gosh, it’s going to be a fun race!’
She tweeted a reminder on Sunday evening that it was Spitzer who, as governor in 2007, signed a bill into law that ‘made it a felony 4 a man to use prostitutes.’
‘Not that I think that should be criminal but he sure did.’
Davis’ illicit operation, the Emperors Club VIP, attracted the attention of federal law enforcement, which caught Spitzer on a wiretap arranging a sex-for-pay session in Washington, D.C. with a woman whose stage name was Ashley Alexandra Dupré.
‘I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my – or any – sense of right or wrong,’ Spitzer finally said in a short speech, after media reports identified him as a man referred to in court documents only as ‘Client 9.’
After federal authorities determined that he never used use public money or campaign funds to pay for his romps, Spitzer never faced criminal charges.
But room 871 at the tony Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where he spent 1,000 per hour for his sexcapades, has become a minor tourist attraction.
The Big Apple’s political establishment is already reeling from the specter of an Anthony Weiner victory in the Democratic mayoral primary, which would make him a heavy favorite to claim Gracie Mansion in the fall.
Weiner, far less famous for his time in Congress than for tweeting photos of himself in various states of undress to young women who were not his newlywed wife, has seized on the mayoral race as a platform for redemption in a city known for its hard-nosed politics and an anything-goes election philosophy.
Polls show Weiner running close to the top of the Democratic pack, jockeying for position with Christine Quinn, the Democratic speaker of New York’s city council.
Earlier this year, Republican former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford made his own phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes bid with a surprise win in a congressional special election, just four years after his extramarital affair seemed to tank his political career for good.
Spitzer co-hosted a short-lived CNN show with Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. Originally called ‘Parker Spitzer,’ it was renamed ‘In The Arena’ when Parker left four months after it debuted. The show was canceled after less than nine months on the air
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was considered the odds-on favorite to win the controller’s race before Spitzer entered the fray on Sunday. His campaign came out swinging within an hour of Spitzer’s announcement.
‘Scott Stringer has a proven record of results and integrity and entered this race to help New York’s middle class regain its footing,’ said Stringer campaign manager Sascha Owen. ‘By contrast, Eliot Spitzer is going to spurn the campaign finance program to try and buy personal redemption with his family fortune.’
Spitzer is expected to self-finance his bid for comptroller – ‘He apparently likes to pay for it,’ quipped a series of tweeters on Sunday – using a real estate fortune that includes office buildings along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard from New York to Washington.
Those properties include two Manhattan apartment buildings within blocks of each other on swanky Fifth Avenue: one where Spitzer lived for years with his wife Silda, and another where his father lives.
The New York Post reported in May that the former governor was actually living in the second building, away from his wife.
As late-night joke writers and newspaper headline gurus ponder their good fortune, New Yorkers can expect to relive the 2008 Spitzer episode, with all its tawdry underpinnings, between now and November. That includes the money, the sex, the sensationalized downfall, and even the mid-calf black socks that he allegedly declined to take off during his encounters with prostitutes.
But even with the possibility of New York City’s top two officeholders sporting the names Weiner and Spitzer, the newer candidate has so far refused to draw any lines of connection between his situation and Anthony Weiner’s.
‘I don’t draw conclusions from anyone else’s dynamic or situation,’ he told the Daily News. ‘The more people get into politics, the healthier it is. I hope the public gives me a fair shot.’
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