Disgraced Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's Return to the Political Spotlight

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM EDT

By John Borsa

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY (WKBW) - The former governor and newly announced New York City Comptroller candidate was swamped by reporters and cameras in Union Square as he officially launched his political comeback on Monday.

"It feels a little claustrophobic right now, it's a little hot in here. I love it. I love the screaming. I love the shouting. I love, most of all, doing things for the public," Spitzer said.

Forced to step down amid a prostitution scandal five years ago, he's just the second scandal-scarred politician to jump back into the ring. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is running an aggressive campaign for New York City Mayor. Spitzer says he's hoping New Yorkers will give him another chance.

"People have forgiveness in their hearts. Whether that forgiveness extends to be is a separate issue," he said.

There were some hecklers in the crowd, but Robert Thompson, the director of the Center for Pop Culture at Syracuse University says do not count Spitzer out.

"There are possibilities and precedents. When you think about Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky story. That seemed so outrageous. In the White House itself. It seemed like something one could never recover from," said Thompson.

Clinton did recover, even after he was impeached. Thompson says Spitzer's attempt at redemption could very well be a success.

"As much as they've went through the ringer in the press, stand-up comics and all the rest of it, I think they see these things as potentially survivable," he added.