Former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace five years ago, kicked off his first foray back into the political limelight by failing to properly submit an ethics report.

Via National Review:

Irony is the name of the game for disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Brought down five years ago by a prostitution scandal, the Democrat is campaigning for New York City comptroller against his old madam and last Thursday missed a filing deadline with the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board.

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As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Spitzer failed to file, of all things, an ethics report. The failure to file can carry a fine between $250 to $10,000, but there’s a week-long grace period before any such penalties are assessed.

An attorney representing Spitzer’s campaign, Martin Connor, ascribed the failure to file to the candidate’s need to gather petitions with signatures that would allow him to appear on the Democratic ballot.

Speaking of those signatures, a GOP strategist has filed an objection to Spitzer’s petition drive, citing possible “illegal and fraudulent activity.”

His lawyer may be citing the need to gather petitions that would allow him to run for City Comptroller as an excuse, but Spitzer ended up submitting seven times as many signatures as was necessary.

Maybe had he cut that in half, he would have had time to file the ethics report?  Does his former madam now have a leg up on him ethically?