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TODAY   |  July 08, 2013

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer tries political comeback

The former New York State governor is launching a return to politics, announcing his candidacy for New York City comptroller, which will put him on the same September primary ballot as another formerly disgraced politician, Anthony Weiner. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>> 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.