Eliot Spitzer couldn't be trusted to responsibly enforce or even to obey New York's laws in the state's highest offices. Yet now the disgraced ex-Governor is running for comptroller so he can control New York City's money.
He is no doubt hoping that New Yorkers have forgotten that even before his use of prostitutes forced him to resign in 2008 (see "Notable & Quotable" nearby), his popularity was falling thanks to his abuse of power. His staff had been caught using New York's state police to gather dirt on a political adversary. Mr. Spitzer, who as a candidate promised to reform Albany, had quickly become its most disturbing symbol, a man who would destroy opponents for his own political agenda. ...
Normally we wouldn't care much about a candidate for NYC comptroller, but putting this guy back in any job with discretionary power would be like putting Dennis Kozlowski back in charge of Tyco.
What should disqualify Mr. Spitzer isn't merely the prostitution, though he did commit a crime while he was the state's chief law enforcement officer and could have been prosecuted. And it isn't merely deceiving the public, though he did make himself vulnerable to blackmail. What ought to be disqualifying is the way he abused the AG's office to punish people for his own selfish ends.
Indeed. Spitzer is not just a depraved pervert. He's pure evil. Why New Yorkers would give such a man a second chance is beyond my comprehension.