Just how much can the voters of New York City forgive?
Disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced Sunday that he'll try to join disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner on the ballot for this year's city elections. Weiner, a Democrat who resigned after tweeting lewd pictures to several women, is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor. Spitzer, a Democrat who resigned after frequenting a high-end prostitution service, wants to run for comptroller.
Spitzer's not officially in the race yet -- he has until Thursday to gather the 3,750 signatures needed to qualify -- but that barrier seems insubstantial to a man with his name recognition and resources. The bigger question is whether city voters are ready to trust their finances (or at least the auditing thereof) to a guy who put his office at risk by arranging clandestine meetings with a call girl.
That's not the narrative Spitzer will be running on, of course. He'll probably try to focus voters' attention on his work as a hard-charging prosecutor and state attorney general, where he made a name for himself by targeting corruption in the financial industry. But at least one of his opponents in the race will serve as a constant reminder to voters about Spitzer's sexual transgressions. That would be Kristin Davis, the former madam who helped set up Spitzer's trysts.