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Election Roundup: Spitzer Running For Comptroller; Stringer Responds; Thompson’s Donors

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Jul 08, 2013

Eliot Spitzer wants to get back into the political game. The former governor made the surprise announcement yesterday that he is running to be the city’s chief financial officer. Spitzer made his announcement to the The New York Times. He told the paper he hoped the public would forgive him for the prostitution scandal that lend him to exit politics in 2008. “I love public service," he told the Daily News in a separate interview. “I believe in it and hope I will be given a second chance."

Scott Stringer, who until now was expected to walk away with the comptroller seat, is expecting a fierce fight for the job now that Spitzer has entered the race. Stringer spokesman George Arzt tells The Wall Street Journal that he doesn’t think the Spitzer run “will fly." “All the people he’s ever worked with don’t like him. Probably that’s an understatement. And there’s a reason for that. He just can’t get along with anyone," Arzt continued. 

The Daily News reports that mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is receiving candidate donations from a financier linked to Bernie Madoff. The News reported yesterday that Seymour Zises has given $3,000 to Thompson for his 2013 bid for mayor.

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