Disgraced former governor and newly-announced New York City comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer got emotional during an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Tuesday.
Spitzer, who resigned from the New York governorship after he admitted paying for prostitutes, discussed his about his shortcomings, his failures and regaining the public trust with the “Morning Joe” co-hosts.
“They’re going to look at the totality of my life, my career, my personality and make that judgment and weigh and balance,” Spitzer said. “And that’s why when I got into this and you asked…It was a tough decision because I knew the questions would be asked. They are rightfully being asked. And all I can say to the public is look at the totality.”
“Look at what I’ve done, what I’ve said, what I’m saying now. Look at what I stand for and then make a judgment. I have trusted the public’s judgment whether as a low-level assistant DA trying a misdemeanor case to a jury … or a candidate asking the votes of the public. I will trust the verdict of the public, yes or no.”
The Empire State Democrat continued to be peppered with questions from Scarborough and Brzezinski before appearing to tear up at the end of the interview.
BRZEZINSKI: So as personally as you can answer this question — don’t give me a pat answer, don’t give me one you prepare in your mind — how are you different than you were five, six years ago? What has changed personally of who you were?
SPITZER: A lot of pain. A lot of pain.
BRZEZINSKI: That’s it?
SPITZER: Yeah. You go through that pain, you change.
BRZEZINSKI: Alright, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, thank you very much for coming on the show.