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Should Eliot Spitzer Be the City’s CFO?


Spitzer resignation

Spitzer resignation

The Bible is clear about forgiveness. Ephesians 4:32 states, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” And there are many, many other passages that discuss forgiveness, redemption and absolution.

But how far does it go? The luv guv for NYC CFO?

Yesterday, Eliot Spitzer announced his plans to run for New York City comptroller–five years after resigning with his pants down as governor of New York amid a prostitution scandal. (Click here to watch his resignation.) In making his bid, Spitzer, 54, said, “I am hoping there will be forgiveness. I am asking for it.”

Should we forgive Spitzer?

Cover boy, Spitzer

Cover boy, Spitzer

Americans are generally quick to overlook the sins of politicians. If you have any doubt, take a look at this brief “hall of shame” of politicos who have bounced back:

tumblr_lwb0t2Skrw1qdh92xBill Clinton: Several years ago, a Siena College poll ranked Clinton the 13th most admired president of all time–ahead of Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, both Bushes and even Barack Obama. This despite his 1998 impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice and the bald-faced lie about Monica Lewinsky, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

A teary Mark Sanford

A teary Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford: In 2009, Republican governor Sanford of South Carolina “disappeared” while directing his staff to say he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Instead he was using state travel funds to visit his mistress in Argentina. After a tearful admission and apology, he was censured and left office in disgrace–only to make a comeback this year. In May, he was re-elected to Congress. “I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace,” he told supporters.

Anthony Weiner for Mayor PSA [NSFW]Anthony Weiner: In 2011 the N.Y. Congressman sent a photo of himself–in boxers with an obvious erection–to a 21-year-old woman via Twitter. After days of lies and denials, he finally confessed that this wasn’t the first time and resigned from office.  Now two years later Weiner has apparently overcome the scandal, and his surname, and climbed to the top of this year’s campaign for New York City mayor.

Weiner is very popular with African Americans–just like Clinton. A Marist survey shows that 66 percent of African-Americans think Weiner deserves a second chance, compared with 45 percent of whites. In another poll, Weiner leads the only African American candidate, Bill Thompson.

What about Spitzer? He told the New York Times that he would bring his aggressive, hard-driving energy to the role of New York’s chief financial officer and monitor the effectiveness of government agencies, like the department of education. Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 11.03.20 AM

The question is, can we afford to trust Client 9 when we have a perfectly good candidate, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer? (Ironically, the Post reports that Spitzer and Stringer are also running against Kristin Davis, the madam who says she arranged Spitzer trysts!) Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 10.45.42 AM

Bill Clinton rehabilitated his legacy by way of the good, international work of his Clinton Foundation, and his wife hasn’t hurt his image. And Weiner came out strong on his “apology tour,” and his beautiful, brainy wife hasn’t hurt him either.

So far Spitzer hasn’t shown much remorse or humility, and it’s unclear if his wife is standing by his side. One thing is to forgive, another is to forget.

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