Eliot Spitzer has thrown himself into a last-minute bid for comptroller leaving himself very little room for error in collecting — by midnight Thursday — the 3,750 signatures he needs to get on the ballot.
Albany insiders who dealt with the former governor during his time there say the move is 100 percent indicative of the conflict loving adrenaline junky they worked and negotiated with for years.
Associates of Spitzer have said he had been mulling a run for months, but made the final decision this past weekend.
Those familiar with Spitzer from his time in Albany say he may have incorrectly read the tea leaves of Anthony Weiner's success in the polls and decided the time was right to challenge himself — while leaving organizing a campaign staff to the last minute.
They say the move is similar to the way he jumped from the attorney general's office to the governorship where he tried to apply the same hardcharging techniques with horrible results. In some ways, the attorney general is a dream job: It calls for taking bad guys to court and putting out press releases. It's far different from dealing with the messy politics of the state Legislature.