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Spitzer: ‘Most Satisfying Thing for Me Ever Is Public Service’

​Eliot Spitzer is well aware of the criticism and jokes coming his way following his announcement that he will run for New York City’s comptroller, and he says he knows what’s required to get through it.  

“This is a very difficult decision, it reopens all these issues,” Spitzer said on CBS’s This Morning. “You need will power, you need fortitude, you need skin as thick as a rhinoceros has.”

Spitzer, who resigned as New York governor because of a prostitution scandal in 2008, highlighted his experience as a prosecutor, the state’s attorney general, and governor as a testament to his dedication to public service. “The most satisfying thing for me ever is public service,” Spitzer explained.

When asked how his political comeback compares to Anthony Weiner’s, who is running for the city’s mayor after resigning from Congress, Spitzer said “there is forgiveness in the public, whether that forgiveness will extend to any individual is always a separate and independent question.” He added that he ultimately trusts the judgment of the voters.

“New York voters seem to be being asked to make a lot of forgiveness here in this election,” co-host Anthony Mason quipped.

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