Just when Eliot Spitzer started to feel sufficiently healed to poke his head back into politics after his prostitution scandal, cautiously upgrading his “weighing” of a run for the low-key (but still important!) position of city comptroller to a “strongly considering,” his past is coming back to haunt him. And his past is flamboyant.
Kristin Davis, the madam who claimed Spitzer as a client and who was arrested as part of a prostitution roundup in the wake of his scandal, has announced her intention to run against him. “I am just as qualified for the position of comptroller than [sic] Spitzer,” she writes on her website. Plus, she has the most important ingredient in politics: passion.
Many of my friends have asked me why I have gotten so “political”. Sitting in Rikers for four months gives you a lot of time to think. I thought a lot about the unfairness of our system and the total incompetence of our elected officials who can’t even pass a gay marriage bill … and I decided to start speaking out. I spent months wondering if one person speaking out can make a difference. I believe it can.
We don’t know if Ms. Davis really has a future in politics, but we do know one thing: This would make an excellent B-grade movie.
Manhattan Madam [Official site]