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Spitzer tells voters ‘I failed big time’ in new ad

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Spitzer resigned from the governor’s office in 2008 after admitting to using an escort service. Earlier this month he decided to re-enter public life with a bid for the comptroller position, and polls now show him leading his chief rival, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. 

In the ad, Spitzer says he is running to ensure that New Yorkers’ money “goes where it’s supposed to go and does what it’s supposed to do. And make sure the Wall Street firms that want us to invest with them play by the rules.”

In the ad, Spitzer also warns supporters that special interests will rally against his candidacy. Spitzer, in the governor’s mansion and before as New York attorney general, developed a reputation as a tough critic of Wall Street, pushing many high profile prosecutions of alleged financial misdeeds. 

Spitzer campaign officials said the ad would be part of a $450,000 buy, including a second spot, according to CNN.

Many of the state’s leading Democratic leaders have been slow to rally behind Spitzer, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Monday endorsing Stringer, whom she called the “best choice” for the job.

"Scott will fight hard for middle class families and has the temperament and judgment to be extraordinarily successful," Gillibrand said in a statement.