updated 10/04/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/04/2010 AT 12:55 PM ET
More than two years after he left office in disgrace when it was revealed he was involved in a prostitution scandal, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer is hoping for a second chance.
“I made a huge unjustifiable, inexcusable error of judgment for which I’ve tried to both apologize and atone,” Spitzer tells PEOPLE. “Now I would like to move on and participate in some productive way.”
Monday night at 8 p.m., Spitzer, 51, a Democrat once considered presidential material, debuts on CNN’s Parker Spitzer, which pairs him with Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist Kathleen Parker in an on-camera roundtable discussion.