Updated 10/22/2012 06:50 AM
Former Governor Eliot Spitzer returns to Albany
For the first time since his resignation, former Governor Eliot Spitzer returns to Albany. Our Beth Croughan has more from the question and answer session.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "I think I've driven through on the way to other parts of the state. But have not actually parked and gotten out in Albany since 2008," said former governor Eliot Spitzer.
2008 was when then-Governor Eliot Spitzer stepped down from office amid a prostitution scandal. And for the first time since, he returned to the state's capital.
"A Conversation with Eliot Spitzer" was organized as a fundraiser for public radio station WAMC. The former-politician fielded a number of questions on some issues he prematurely had to leave behind.
"At a minimum if we're going to have fracking, the federal government should step in in a real way," he explained.
He was also asked for advice on dealing with life's difficulties. "It isn't easy, and I'm not going to pretend it is easy," he said.
He was asked what he'd be doing if he was still governor.
"I remember being very pleased with the, and proud of the commissioners we put in place. I'd be working much more with them to push an economic development agenda and you know, legislatively, minimum wage," said Spitzer.
He was also asked about his stance on the current administration. "Sometimes we disagree about matters of policy and how government should function. But so be it," he said.
Governor Spitzer was also asked whether or not Cuomo should run for president in 2016.
"Let me deflect it only by saying this. I think Hilary should run," he said after explaining the focus should first be on the upcoming election.
And when asked by moderator and WAMC CEO Alan Chartock if he'd run for office again, Spitzer replied, "I have been elected dog-walker in my own house."