The Scroll’s crusade to put a Jew in the governor’s mansion of America’s most Jewish state (that would be New York—in absolute numbers and by percentage, in fact) may soon get a new leading man. Eliot Spitzer, New York’s previous governor (and previous Jewish governor), has begun a process of rehabilitation following the sex scandal that doomed his tenure. (The scandal itself did not involve abuse of public funds or trust but was embarrassing enough that, coupled with other things, Spitzer decided to resign.) The New York Times reports that Spitzer has turned himself into an able pundit, mostly on financial matters, to great acclaim. It’s an unorthodox, and compelling, comeback route.
As things stand now, New York’s next governor is most likely Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo; Republican candidate Steve Levy is not seen as the likely victor.
Needless to say, Spitzer demurs when asked if he has specific political plans. He is only 50, though. Next time there will be an opening for the Democratic candidate, he’s likely to be either 54 or 58. Can New Yorkers wait another eight years before they are once again ruled by a Jew? Stay tuned …
Spitzer’s Long Road To Redemption [NYT]
Earlier Run, Steve Levy, Run!
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.