Eliot Spitzer is re-entering politics to run for New York City comptroller, five years after resigning as New York governor in a prostitution scandal.
"I'm hopeful there will be forgiveness. I'm asking for it," Spitzer, 54, told the New York Times in an interview on its website.
Spitzer, a Democrat, said he saw a more activist role for the comptroller, the city's chief financial officer.
In comments to Reuters, he said he hoped voters were ready to move on and help him fulfill his dream to serve "on behalf of the public once again."