Continuing his comeback to the public realm, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer released an ebook with advice on life to coincide with his campaign for city comptroller.
In the $9.99 book, titled "Protecting Capitalism Case By Case," he warns against hubris. "Our sense of self-importance is not only grossly overrated but can generate a dangerous arrogance in decision-making that often ends poorly," he writes.
Spitzer, who resigned as governor amidst a prostitution scandal in 2008, hit on that theme during an appearance on Jay Leno on Friday. "People who fall prey to hubris, end up falling themselves," Spitzer told Leno. "And this is something that I think infected me."
The New York Times looks at the reaction from Spitzer's opponent for the Democratic nomination, Scott Stringer, who had been expected to win the race easily until the former governor got into the election.
Members of the business community and others continued to cringe at the idea of Spitzer becoming comptroller and the equally scandal tarnished Anthony Weiner becoming mayor. "The prospect of two men with outsize egos and reputations as political wrecking balls running the city is perhaps an even greater concern," reports Andrew J. Hawkins of Crain's New York Business.
New York magazine spliced together images of the two candidates' faces on the cover of this week's edition and runs with stories on each of the candidates.
One of the stories, about Spitzer, asserts: "Worry about what he might accomplish rather than outrage over his transgressions is undoubtedly driving much of the anti-Spitzer animus around the city." In a story on Weiner, the writer wonders if the former congressman actually wants to be mayor.
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