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Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned amid a prostitution scandal five years ago, will seek a return to public office in the New York City comptroller’s race this year.

The Democrat will begin collecting signatures for the campaign this week, spokeswoman Lisa Linden said. The deadline is Thursday.

“He’s throwing his hat in the ring,” Linden said.

Spitzer confirmed his plans in an interview with The New York Times, which first reported that he will run.

Spitzer becomes the second scandal-tarred New York politico to seek office in the Big Apple this year. Former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned after his own scandal, is running for mayor and has made progress early in his campaign.