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3 Reasons Eliot Spitzer Should Run Again

Posted on Sep 1, 2009
Eliot Spitzer
Center for American Progress

This is coming from the New York Post, so take it with a metric ton of salt, but the rag says former New York governor and “Client 9” Eliot Spitzer is thinking about getting back into politics, possibly challenging conservative Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Spitzer has repeatedly denied any interest in running again, but if the polling pans out he should. Here’s why:

1. As New York’s attorney general, Eliot Spitzer was the scourge of Wall Street while other regulators and officials were busy cheerleading. He knows the rot at the heart of the American economy better than most and could be a powerful force against it. With Obama expanding the Bush bailout and other Democrats on the banks’ payroll, we could use a voice like Spitzer’s in the Senate.

2. Speaking of that body, the passing of Ted Kennedy underlined a disturbing trend: There just aren’t that many liberals left in the Senate. We’ve got a socialist in Bernie Sanders. Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer and Sheldon Whitehouse make a nice trio. Anyone else? Kirsten Gillibrand has moved to the left since she took over Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, but she’s a former Blue Dog and a conservative at heart. As in she’s got a perfect record with the NRA and wants to make English the official language. Can we get an upgrade?

3. Making it with a prostitute is grounds for divorce. It shouldn’t kill your political career and it’s certainly not our business. What is it about Americans that they want to be kings of their castles but live in everyone else’s bedroom? A majority of New Yorkers would rather have Spitzer in office than his successor, according to a recent poll. Maybe he could have weathered the storm. Maybe we’re evolving. Maybe not.

Spitzer probably won’t run. If he did, he would delight Republicans. Why risk a safe seat? Because not risking anything hasn’t gotten us very far with this Congress. If he doesn’t run—a near certainty, whatever the Post says—he should find another way to re-enter the political realm as the rebel we so desperately need to fight the Wall Street junta. Working in his dad’s real estate business is a waste of Eliot Spitzer’s talents.  —PS

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By ChicagoGirl, September 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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Being from Chicago, scandal is something I’m used to. I care little about Spitzer’s personal life, and if he wants to give it a go then let him try! Found this video reflective of the conversation going on.

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By Nelson Lee Walker, September 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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The best answer to this question and any other question is to throw all of Congress OUT!

The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress is : NEVER REELECT ANY INCUMBENT! AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION!

Most folks think I am too unreasonable in asking everyone to NEVER REELECT ANYONE IN CONGRESS. They think it’s an ‘extremist’ position. But that’s the whole point! Congress will never listen to us UNLESS we scare the bejesus out of them! To drive the point home,  NEVER REELECT ANYONE IN CONGRESS, AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION!

The closer we get to a “Voter’s One-Term Congress”, the closer we’ll get to a “Citizen’s Congress”.

There is only one way to make this happen :  The American voter must IMPOSE term limits on Congress by NEVER REELECTING ANYONE IN CONGRESS, AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION!  In other words, don’t let anyone serve more than one term. That’s the only way to teach them that the voter is the boss! The “one term limit” can be eased AFTER citizens get control of Congress.

Congress will never allow us to constitutionally term limit them by an amendment. Our only choice is to NEVER REELECT them. All of them!

Remember too, it makes no difference who you vote for, as long as it is NEVER any incumbent.

I believe that even a little success in a campaign to NEVER REELECT ANYONE IN CONGRESS would move us a long way toward a revolutionary change in American politics, much like 1776. Some of the reasons in favor of this approach:

  • It gives us a one-term, term limited Congress without using amendments
  • It would be supported by 70% of the country who want term limits for Congress
  • It is completely non-partisan
  • If repeated, it ends career politicians dominating Congress
  • It opens the way to a “citizen Congress”
  • It ends the seniority system that keeps freshmen powerless
  • It doesn’t cost you any money. But you MUST vote! Just don’t vote for an incumbent
  • It is the only guaranteed, infallible, unstoppable way to “Throw ALL the Bums Out”
  • It takes effect immediately the day after Election Day
  • If it doesn’t work, do it again and again! It will work eventually, I promise.


Nelson Lee Walker of Saratoga, CA

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By grumpynyker, September 2, 2009 at 11:03 am Link to this comment
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Sorry.  Until Elliot apologizes to Kermit Eady and
Larry Barton for destroying the Black United Fund, that
organization in upstate NY or any organization that was
doing something to uplift black Americans in NYS, let
his sorry ass stay out of politics.  He had his chance
while NYS Attorney General to go after the hedge fund
companies/investment houses.

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By Outraged, September 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment

Re: grace odoreida

Your comment: “There’s no way New York voters will allow a disgusting, hypocritical libertine like Eliot Spitzer to pole vault over a good senator and a fine person like Kirsten Gillibrand in order to “redeem himself”.”

The hell they won’t!  C’mon New York!  Show ‘em what you’re made of.

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By PatrickHenry, September 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment

If Marion Barry can be re-elected by his constituants, then so should Spitzer.

I have long been an advocate for term limits for all publically held offices, but as it has been pointed out to me the Constitution makes no provision for term limits.
It is entirely up to the states legislature to enact these limits and to those voters who want who they want.

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By Outraged, September 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

I’m with RobertinWestbury, it would be great.

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By RobertinWestbury, September 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

I would be thrilled if he ran again.  I so hated that he resigned.  He should have stuck it out.  But perhaps it was best.  If he runs and is re-elected, he will have a mandate.  Everything he has written since his resignation is right on the money.  He is a true progressive. 

I hate the Post, but this is one time I hope they are correct.

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By grace odoreida, September 1, 2009 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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If Kirsten Gillibrand is—as you incorrectly claim
—“a conservative at heart”, then why isn’t she a

That NRA rating you rabbit on about was based on only
three votes. Since she’s been in the Senate, her
voting record has been solidly anti-gun.  Surely, the
NRA will soon remove her from their posters.

There’s no way New York voters will allow a
disgusting, hypocritical libertine like Eliot Spitzer
to pole vault over a good senator and a fine person
like Kirsten Gillibrand in order to “redeem himself”.

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