New York, Mar.23 (ANI): Having spent almost a year in the public doghouse because of his association with a high-profile Washington-based sex solicitation and gratification ring, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer candidly accepts his personal flaws, but simultaneously says that if an opportunity arises to serve the public again, he would not shy away from it.
Last week, he re-emerged as an early critic of AIG, warned of "rank populism", praised Obama, suggesting that he has left a door open for a comeback.
In an interview with Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, Spitzer said of his sexcapades: "I would say to them that I never held myself out as being anything other human. I have flaws as we all do, arguably. I failed in a very way in my personal life. And I have paid a price for that. I have spent a year with my family, with my wonderful and amazing and forgiving wife and three daughters and have rebuilt those relationships and hope to do that as time goes on.
"I also feel that to the extent I'm asked and I can contribute to a very important conversation, I will do that as well. That is our right-arguably our obligation as citizens. I will do what I can and with full awareness and heaviness of heart about what I did," he added.
"I've made no excuses. I have not shirked, and I will not do. I failed, I resigned my position because I said, this is the appropriate step for me to take," Spitzer said.
The former New York Governor said that he hoped the United States could solve existing problems, "because the future of our economy and without overstating, our nation, is at stake here. If I can contribute, I will do so in whatever way I can."
"Obviously I care deeply about these issues, they were central to what I did as attorney general. And so I read the papers and say, sure. These are issues that I feel deeply about," he added.
When asked by Zakaria whether he ever imagined being back in government? Spitzer said: "I don't think about it, I don't worry about it. I focus on my family, on the issues. I write an occasional column and speak occasionally. That is all I'm doing." (ANI)