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Could Spitzer make a comeback?

December 15, 2010 11:27:17 AM PST
Could he come back? Would he? Would voters accept him? Eliot Spitzer is denying it - our political reporter Dave Evans caught up with him today - but there are reports that the disgraced former New York Governor has been privately talking about a possible political comeback, in the form of a statewide office.

Eighteen months after a prostitution scandal forced him to resign and humiliated his family, the former wunderkind is now working at his father's real estate firm.

I'm told he finds it exponentially less interesting (if more lucrative) than politics, but a re-entry into the political world would be bold, even for a bold guy like Spitzer.

Still, our Eyewitness News poll today shows that the former Governor retains a following. Fifteen percent say they'll vote for Spitzer "no matter what" office he runs for. Significantly more people - 39% - say they would vote against him "no matter what." But the kicker is that 47% would vote for him, depending on the office he's running for and who's running against him. Which means that half the people are open to the idea of voting for Spitzer - that, plus the 15% who say they'd vote for him no matter what, are impressive numbers for a guy who left office so unimpressively.

We'll have the numbers, tonight at 11. You can also cast your vote in our Question of the Day on 7online.com.

Also at 11, we'll take a closer look at Mayor Bloomberg's new plan to deal with swine flu in New York City Schools this fall. It's all something of a crap shoot; no one knows for sure how virulent the H1N1 strain will be this fall, although there are indications aplenty that it will be stronger than the spring, when 800,000 New Yorkers were infected.

Now, the Mayor is offering free vaccines for elementary school children (assuming the three-stage vaccine is ready in October) and he wants an emergency room plan in place by the time school opens next week. There will also be a school-closing plan which will mirror the new federal guidelines; schools will not close for extended periods of time like they did this past spring.

And we're covering the big change in Vermont where tonight same-sex marriages are now legal. And that bellwether of liberalism, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, is marking the occasion by changing - for a month - its popular "Chubby Hubby" flavor to "Hubby Hubby."

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Jessica Taff (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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