Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace in 2008 after a prostitution scandal, is now running for the position of NYC Comptroller.  As Business Insider points out, he’s since begun a huge national media tour and Thursday wasn’t an especially good day for Spitzer.

First Spitzer faced a grilling from CNN’s Jake Tapper, who repeatedly reminded the former Governor of his past misdeeds, including breaking the very law he [Spitzer] signed.

Spitzer tried desperately to talk his way around the inconvenient truths, but Tapper wasn’t really having any of it.

Surprisingly, Spitzer didn’t fare much better in a usually friendly environment like The Colbert Report, either.

Here’s how it opened right out the gate:

Colbert: “Eliot, Eliot, what is a comptroller? What does a comptroller do?”

Spitzer:  “This is actually a hugely important position.  You control or have a say in the investment of over $140 billion in pension dollars…you do the audits to determine that the tax dollars we spend are used for the purpose for which…you seem so intent on listening to this…”

Colbert:  “Given a position of this responsibility, shouldn’t the job of comptroller go to someone who has shown a modicum of self-comptrol?”

And it closed like this:

After mentioning that Spitzer and Weiner are both polling well, and that Mark Sanford could potentially make a comeback, Colbert asks Spitzer:  “Do you think that, uh, it seems, that voters are more forgiving than they used to be.  Do you think that signals progress for our country, or the slow decay of our moral values?”

A stunned Spitzer could only respond with, “Wow.”

To which Colbert replied, “Oh yeah, this ain’t Charlie Rose, mother <expletive>.”


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