I strayed, I erred, I violated a code of behavior that I should not have and the public understands what I’m saying. I have learned that the peaks of public life are great fun, but the valleys are much more instructive. They force you to look into your soul.Eliot Spitzer • Discussing his decision to run for New York City comptroller, five years after stepping down from the New York governor’s office in disgrace over a prostitution scandal and a month and a half after Anthony Weiner made it safe for Spitzer to do so. (Weiner, by the way, is ahead of Christine Quinn in a recent poll of NYC mayoral candidates.)
There’s 12,000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we’re not going to walk away from those efforts (to ban illegal guns). …This is a scourge on the country that we just have to make sure that we get under control and eliminate.
New York City mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, on reports that both his office and the offices of Mayors Against Illegal Guns — which he founded — received threatening letters laced with ricin poison.
If a gun nut can’t kill you with a gun, he’ll find some other way.
I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office. It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something. I’m trying to gauge not only what’s right and what feels comfortable right this second, but I’m also thinking, How will I feel in a year or two years or five years? Is this the time that I should be doing it? And then there’s the other side of the coin, which is … am I still the same person who I thought would make a good mayor?So Anthony Weiner is thinking of running for mayor of New York City, complete with New York Times Magazine profile announcing his political ambitions. Can he pull off the big comeback?
I stand by everything I did. I did my job and I would do it the same way. … I sleep well at night.Retired New York City Police Detective Louis Scarcella • Speaking in regards to a 1990 case where he helped capture and convict David Ranta, a man who confessed to the murder of a rabbi in a botched robbery. However, in the 23 years since Ranta’s arrest, holes have surfaced in the case, and earlier this week, Ranta was released, complete with an apology from the judge. The release raised questions about Scarcella’s own actions, including whether he coached a witness to pick Ranta out of a lineup. The detective, who retired in 2000, defends his work. ”I caught a lot of cases and I got confessions,” he said of his work in the case. “I was called into cases that weren’t mine to speak to people. I was called in and I did my job and I got confessions.”