Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer Re-Enters Politics – Could You Vote for a Politician Who Was Involved in a Sex Scandal? [POLL]
Sometimes I think it’s hubris on the part of a politician who wants to reenter the political arena after having been embroiled in a sex scandal.
For instance, while former Governor Jim McGreevey is now involved in a program to counsel women in a correctional institute, notwithstanding his record as Governor (which was pretty lame); could you still see yourself voting for him despite his dalliances?
I’m guessing it would be hard to look past them.
We’ve had other politicians who’ve been involved in sex scandals before.
The biggest one that comes to mind is former President Clinton and his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
On a local level, former Medford Mayor Chris Myers was alleged to have been involved with a male escort back in 2011.
Were any of them to run again for political office, could you see yourself voting for them?
So to hear that former Congressman Anthony Weiner is running for mayor of New York City and now former Governor Elliot Spitzer is seeking a post as comptroller of the city leads one to question whether one’s fall from grace should be considered when entering the voting booth.
Five years since he resigned as New York’s governor amid a prostitution scandal, Eliot Spitzer announced he hopes to jump back into the political arena in a bid to be New York City comptroller.
Spitzer, a Democrat who has spent the past few years as a television news host and commentator, revealed in a phone interview with The New York Times Sunday he plans on collecting the 3,750 signatures he needs by Thursday to make it on to the ballot. He later confirmed the news on Twitter.
“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” the Spitzer told the Times.
The former governor, 54, isn’t the only one seeking a political comeback in the Big Apple. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat who resigned from Congress in 2011 after lying about sending lewd social media messages, is running for mayor.
Spitzer resigned as governor in March 2008 after admitting he patronized high-end prostitutes (the most notorious was a Jersey Girl).
Before he was governor, Spitzer made a name for himself as an aggressive state attorney general that cracked down on Wall Street.
In a final ironic twist, Spitzer will be running against the former madam accused of supplying him with call girls. Kristen Davis, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010 as a protest candidate, noted on Twitter she is be running in the race for city comptroller.
Funny isn’t it though. Politics makes for strange bedfellows, figuratively and literally.
I’ve always believed politicians, just like most of us, no matter their political stripe, deserve a second chance. Given that, unlike the aforementioned McGreevey, had a record of accomplishment to run on!
Could you vote for a politician who had been previously embroiled in a sex scandal?