Eliot Spitzer Confirms Desire to Return to Politics

File under news that will shock almost no one: Former New York governor and current Slate columnist Eliot Spitzer is mulling a return to the political stage.

In a profile appearing on Fortune‘s Web site last night, Spitzer refused to put the kibosh on rumors that he would once again seek office:

“I love politics,” Spitzer told me on March 31. “The substance, the debate about the issues …” As for a race in 2010? It is “just hard to see,” he says. But he adds, “I’ve never said I would never consider running for office again.”

Per Fortune, Spitzer also said he’s been “in unceasing agony” over the way his political career ended. Spitzer left the governor’s office in 2008 after The New York Times reported that he had been patronizing a high-class prostitution service.

The article outlines several political opportunities for Spitzer in New York, and leaves open the possibility of a 2010 run for office.

Spitzer muses with friends and advisers about political targets. He views New York’s U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a lightweight. In the office of New York state comptroller, he sees a chance to become a national force, wielding the billions held in public pension funds to force corporate reform in a way that even lawsuits and regulation cannot. (“It is the great underutilized position in government right now,” says Spitzer.)

He could instantly tap $10 million from his family real estate fortune to bankroll a race. Bloody as it would surely be, he might jump in — this year or later — if he senses an opportunity and his family gives him the green light.

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