TODAY | July 08, 2013
>> five years since former new york governor eliot spitzer stepped down amid a prostitution scandal . now he is planning a return to politics. nbc's kristen dahlgren is here with details on that. good morning to you.
>> good morning. 2013 may go down as the year of the second chance. spitzer , who left office in 2008 , is becoming just the latest figure in politics to attempt to do a 180 from elicit to elected.
>> i'm asking their forgiveness. i'm asking for their support.
>> reporter: the next comeback kid , eliot spitzer hopes so. the former new york state governor is launching a return to politics, announcing his candidacy for new york city 's next comptroller. spitzer resigned as governor after just over a year in office when the so-called sheriff of wall street was revealed to have another nickname, client number 9. outed as a john in a high-end prostitution ring .
>> now for the front page .
>> reporter: following the scandal, he remained a public figure, hosting short-lived prime time shows on both cnn --
>> waiting for the next government check --
>> reporter: and current tv . spitzer 's run means he would be on the same september primary ballot as another one-time disgraced figure in the midst of an unlikely comeback of his own.
>> i hope i get a second chance to work for you.
>> reporter: anthony weiner is currently running for new york city mayer.
>> two years after he resigned from congress amid a scandal where weiner admitted tweeting sexually explicit photos to women, he's taken an unlikely lead in the polls.
>> we are having this focused pitch campaign.
>> fallen politicians have two things going for them. americans in general tend to be forgiving. but perhaps even more so, voters have amnesia in the new digital crazy world , nothing lasts.
>> reporter: so it's new york city voters' forgiveness and spitzer 's future that could ultimately be on the ballot this fall.
>> i said i can make this go and i'll give it a shot.
>> now spitzer 's first hurdle will be to collect 3,750 signatures of registered voters required to earn a spot on the september primary ballot. the deadline is thursday.