Spitzer chokes up in emotional interview

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At the end of a 15-minute long interview on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," host Mika Brzezinski asked Spitzer how he’s changed since the scandal and what it was that changed him.

“A lot of pain, a lot of pain” Spitzer said, biting his lip. “You go through that pain, you change.”

Spitzer made his name prosecuting organized crime in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and then as a Wall Street watchdog as attorney general and governor, but resigned after it was revealed he had used an escort service.

Now he's running for New York City comptroller, a position that opened up after John Liu (D) announced his bid for mayor.

“I have spent five years reflecting, thinking, apologizing, I’m ready to ask for forgiveness. It’s not easy. I’m ready to ask,” Spitzer said Tuesday.

Spitzer said his actions were “a consequence of hubris” and “self-indulgence,” which called “absolutely inexplicable, unjustifiable and improper.”

“I failed, I had flaws, made horrific judgments, was unfaithful to my family, to the electorate, and that’s why I resigned,” he said. “That’s why I resigned. I stood up and said I hold myself accountable, it’s the only right thing to do, and I stood up and looked into the camera and said, I am resigning.

"It was very difficult to do but I did it. Five years have gone by. In those five years, I’ve reflected, I’ve thought, I’ve taught, I’ve written, I’ve done a multitude of things. I’ve run my family business, and I now think after five years, a lengthy period of time, I can go to the public and say, look at the totality of who I am now.”