New Yorkers to Eliot Spitzer in poll: Stay out of politics

Ex-Governor and Democratic comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer speaks

Ex-Governor and Democratic comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer speaks to the media after casting his ballot in New York City's primary election at P.S. 6 on Tuesday in Manhattan. (September 10, 2013). (Credit: Charles Eckert)

With election season still in full swing, New Yorkers have reached at least one definite conclusion: They don't want Eliot Spitzer in city politics.

Almost 70% of voters said Spitzer shouldn't run for office next year, a Siena Research Institute poll said Monday.

The next-highest response to the question of what Spitzer should do in 2014 was challenge Tom DiNapoli for state comptroller, with 10%, followed by challenge incumbent Eric Schneiderman for state attorney general, with 8%.

“An overwhelming majority of voters do not want to see Spitzer run for office again next year,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. “On the heels of his political comeback attempt earlier this month, narrowly losing a Democratic primary for city comptroller, voters are urging Spitzer to eschew any new comeback attempts in 2014.”

Spitzer, 54, resigned in 2008 from the governor’s office amid a prostitution scandal, after it was revealed he had frequented hookers through the infamous Emperor’s Club VIP.

After stints as a commentator for cable TV news – most notably his CNN show “In the Arena” with political columnist Kathleen Parker – Spitzer unsuccessfully ran for city comptroller this season, losing in the Democratic primary to Scott Stringer.


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