Spitzer-take: Another Attorney General run?

Recently, former Governor Eliot Spitzer has come out of his political exile, where he spent a year after getting exposed as a client of a high-priced call-girl ring and having to resign in disgrace.  Some speculated that Spitzer wanted to rehabilitate himself enough to get an appointment in the Obama administration, perhaps as a Wall Street investigator or regulator.  Page Six at the NY Post says Spitzer really wants his old job back in New York — the one he had before:

BEHIND Eliot Spitzer’s flaccid attempt at re-erecting his public persona is a plan to run for state attorney general in 2010, sources told Page Six.

After launching a column on Slate.com, and giving interviews to National Public Radio and the “Today” show, the sources say, the disgraced former governor told friends: “My record as governor was disappointing, but the voters will remember my excellent two terms as attorney general.”

The sources say Spitzer, forever tarnished as Client No. 9 of a prostitution agency, expects Andrew Cuomo to run for governor next year, leaving open the AG job. Several Democrats are already being mentioned as potential candidates, including Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and state Assemblymen Richard Brodsky (Westchester) and Michael Gianaris (Queens).

His record as governor was “disappointing”? That seems exceedingly mild.  Spitzer barely served a year in the role, but made time for two impeachable scandals.  Besides frequenting a call girl in the exact same kind of prostitution ring against which he crusaded as AG — and on which crusades Spitzer built his political career — Spitzer also kicked off his own Troopergate scandal.  He used state troopers to spy on his political opponents, a rather Nixonian act that still has Albany stunned for its arrogance.  He also managed to appoint a crony to the investigation, who stalled it for a while until legislators discovered it and Herbert Teitelbaum ran away to Argentina.

“Disappointing”?  More like disastrous.  And the disasters would directly relate to someone who has law-enforcement responsibilities.  It’s not like a run-of-the-mill sex scandal, such as sleeping with a secretary or an intern, which would be bad enough.  Spitzer broke the law by spending thousands of dollars of his family’s money on prostitutes while prosecuting other prostitutes.  He then abused his power to spy on his political opponents, and then tried to cover it up.

Who would put someone like that in charge of law enforcement?  New York may be liberal, but they’re not that crazy.  Spitzer had better focus on sucking up to the Obama administration, because he couldn’t get elected dogcatcher in a town full of cats.