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Apology has no end

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Submitted by Firozali A.Mulla DBA (Tanzania), Aug 11, 2013 at 07:20

"Look, I failed. Big time. I hurt a lot of people."

That's Elliot Spitzer talking in his new television commercial, but do you buy the pitch?

Five years ago, Spitzer resigned in disgrace after it was revealed he'd spent as much as $80,000 on high-priced prostitutes while serving both as governor and attorney general. Now he's back and polls show him in a tight race for comptroller, the elected chief financial officer and auditor of the nation's largest city.

New York City politics right now are truly stranger than fiction. But if you can bear to watch the races long enough, you'll find some interesting lessons for leaders including how to say you're sorry when you screw up--and have a shot at bouncing back.

So, the Politician Who Cheated on His Wife With Prostitutes is a Good Example?

Contrast Spitzer with--insert groan here--New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Similar story, as far as it goes: New York politician resigns after a sex scandal and tries to make a comeback. But the comparison ends there. Spitzer has at least acknowledged and expressed some remorse for his behavior (which as far as we know, ended five years ago). Moreover, he's running for an office that voters barely paid attention to until recently. It's a step down, politically, a first rung on his potential comeback ladder. I thank you

FirozaliA.Mulla DBA

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