Eliot Spitzer has waded back into politics with an op-ed today at Slate that lays out a vision for how state comptrollers can revamp corporate politics and lobbying in Washington, DC--perhaps hinting that he wants the job.
The antagonist of Spitzer's discourse is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which, using dues from its member companies (most publicly traded companies in the U.S.), pushes the conservative angle on the gamut of issues that affect business, including tax policy and carbon emissions.
It's up to state comptrollers, Spitzer says, to pressure businesses to drop their Chamber memberships, as Apple recently did over climate change. Public pensions funds own stakes in a lot of those companies, and the state comptrollers that run those funds can, as shareholders, pressure the boards of those companies to drop out of the Chamber.
It's an interesting idea that Spitzer poses. It's also interesting that, if Spitzer wants to get back into electoral politics in the near future, the 2010 New York state comptroller's race is a likely choice.
New York's present state comptroller, Democrat Tom DiNapoli, isn't a favorite of Spitzer's. As governor, Spitzer objected to DiNapoli's appointement by the state legislature. And while state comptroller would be a step down from governor, or even attorney general, Spitzer would face challenges beating some of New York's political stars, like Cuomo or Giuliani--who would rival his name ID and don't have the baggage of a prostitution scandal. Running for governor would be difficult, though he might have a better chance at unseating Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D).