NEW YORK—It’s unclear if New Yorkers will be willing to grant Eliot Spitzer the political redemption he is seeking five years after a prostitution scandal forced him from office. But the former governor’s surprise announcement that he’ll run for New York City comptroller could potentially boost at least one candidate on the ballot this fall: mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn.

Quinn, who is speaker of the City Council, had been the frontrunner to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November, but she has seen her lead in the race vanish amid a last-minute bid by former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who, like Spitzer, has asked the public for a second chance after a sexting scandal forced him out of Congress.

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