Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, D-N.Y., announced Sunday that he's seeking the Democratic nomination for New York City comptroller. Oddly, the disgraced former governor, who resigned in 2008 after admitting he slept with prostitutes, chose to enter a contest that already features his well-known former madam, Kristin Davis, who won the Libertarian Party's nomination in April.
Davis told U.S. News she suspects Spitzer's re-entry into politics was timed to coincide with the five-year statute of limitations on prostitution-related crimes, which she said included visits with "hundreds" of women.
Among Spitzer's most famous clients was Ashley Alexandra Dupre, who he paid around $1,000 an hour for sex, The New York Times reported in 2008. Spitzer paid for sex over "many, many years with many, many women," Davis said. A few of the women have contacted her since Spitzer's announcement.
"There could be some other girls that come forward to remind the public, because they don't want to see him back in office," she said, recalling that he was commonly described by working girls as "one of the rudest clients," who was "very aggressive" and "a jerk."
The businesswoman was jailed four months and lost most of her money in the scandal that toppled Spitzer, but the governor – who previously served as the state's attorney general from 1999 to 2006 – only paid with public humiliation.
"The statute of limitations for all of his litany of crimes has expired," she said, "it's a good reason to wait."
Spitzer, his former madam said, is a hypocrite for enacting a law in 2007 that made promoting prostitution a felony, while at the same time personally paying for sex.
"He himself was not held to the same law," Davis said. "I tend to stay out of that world now, [but] with the type of habit he has I don't think he just stopped. He's what is known in industry as a hobbyist, because that's their hobby. I'm sure he didn't just stop. Why should he? He committed a felony and laundered that money and wasn't charged with it, so he knows he can get away with it."
During a Monday appearance on "CBS This Morning" Spitzer, the son of a wealthy real estate developer, denied that he and his wife were living apart.
"I sinned, I owned up to it, I looked them in the eye, I resigned, I held myself accountable," he said. "I think that was the only right thing to do. It's now five years later."
Spitzer memorably resigned on March 12, 2008, with his visibly upset wife standing by his side. Since leaving office, he's gradually increased his public profile, appearing on Current TV since March 2012.
"He has unlimited resources," Davis said. "Money can buy a lot of things. I'm sure he is planning to throw a huge amount of money at winning."
But, Davis predicted, his enemies are almost certain to re-emerge too.
"He indicted many wealthy corporate individuals by being 'the steamroller,'" she said "He pissed off a lot of people, I'm sure there are many people who will be ready to confront him."
Spitzer's decision to enter the race for comptroller came after disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., surged to front-runner status in the city's mayoral race. Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after tweeting lewd photographs of himself to several women.