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7/8/2013

Eliot Spitzer Running for Elective Office Again

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:40 am



And why not? If one scumbag New York politician can come back from a creepy sex scandal, why not two?

Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, is re-entering political life, with a run for the citywide office of comptroller and a wager that voters are ready to look past his previous misconduct.

In a telephone interview on Sunday night, Mr. Spitzer, 54, sounding restless after an unwelcome hiatus from government, said he had re-envisioned the often-overlooked office and yearned to resurrect the kind of aggressive role he played as New York State’s attorney general. He said that after consulting with his family and taking the temperature of the city’s electorate, he believed New Yorkers would be open to his candidacy. “I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said.

Spitzer has no suspicious DMs with any underage girls to explain either, so, bonus!

80 Responses to “Eliot Spitzer Running for Elective Office Again”

  1. And I was so looking forward to the MSNBC Wiener-Spitzer show.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  2. Apparently Dems are beyond embarrassment. And parody.

    JD (fdc846)

  3. I am a big fan of the book of obituaries titled Mark Steyn’s Passing Parade. In includes Steyn’s excellent post mortem on John Profumo, the former British Secretary for War. Profumo’s affair with a chorus girl (which is the plot of the movie Scandal) led to his resignation from Parliament. After his resignation, Profumo spent the rest of his life volunteering at a mission in London’s East End. He never again sought public office or showed up on a cable TV show to discuss how abhorrent his behavior had been but how he was now healed and once again ready to “serve” the public, he simply found another, more noble way to serve the public. It seems that once upon a time even our disgraced politicians were people of honor. Woe to us today to be governed by the likes of Spitzer, Weiner, and Sanford.

    JVW (23867e)

  4. Newt Gingrich http://www.realchange.org/gingrich.htm

    Who is beyond parody? Transparent partisanship is indeed political hackery.

    I am rather disgusted that Eliot Spitzer would re-enter politics, but I’m not naïve enough to believe it is a single party issue.

    Ian G. (bd7302)

  5. Because every big city needs a comptroller who’s experienced in the best ways to move money to make payoffs for illegal activities.

    Beldar (4fb95c)

  6. Not comptroller, for crying out loud! The comptroller is supposed to oversee the city’s spending. You don’t give the job to Client Number 9 who was paying $4,000.00+ a pop to (at best) a $200.00 hooker. If this doesn’t lose him the Jewish vote, I will no longer have any faith in their purported financial acumen.

    nk (875f57)

  7. I don’t recall Spitzer harming innocent people in his bid to lie about his innocence, and I don’t recall Spitzer creeping after minors… just consensual adults. Sleezy, yes, but apparently NY can do worse.

    Dustin (303dca)

  8. I don’t recall Spitzer harming innocent people in his bid to lie about his innocence, and I don’t recall Spitzer creeping after minors… just consensual adults. Sleezy, yes, but apparently NY can do worse.

    Yeah, but hiring the services of a prostitute is in fact a criminal offense. Let’s not overlook that part of it. And yes, Spitzer can say that no charges were brought against him, but it is pretty clear that he did violate the law.

    And don’t forget that Spitzer used the New York State Police to keep tabs on a political rival, and he apparently used campaign funds to rent hotel rooms where he “entertained” his whores.

    JVW (23867e)

  9. And the beat goes on.

    mg (31009b)

  10. JVW – Don’t forget about the selective prosecution angle of Spitzer’s misdeeds.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  11. I amused by the possibility of an ongoing headline grabbing contest between Wiener and Spitzer if they are both elected. NYC deserves them.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  12. JVW, of course both Spitzer and Weiner are corrupt and no electorate that deserves a good government would ever select either.

    Dustin (303dca)

  13. Ian G. – Has Newt Gingrich been elected to any public office since leaving Congress? No.

    Glad to help.

    Here all week.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  14. Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 7/8/2013 @ 8:39 am

    And I was so looking forward to the MSNBC Wiener-Spitzer show.

    Well, you could get a Weiner-Spitzer ticket.

    Weiner for Mayor
    Spitzer for Controller

    But the two probably will not get together and cross endorse each other – or will they?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  15. It’s only fair. After all, Mr Spitzer is experienced in paying money to get f(ornicated), so why wouldn’t he want a job in which he gets paid to f(ornicate) the public?

    The Dana who understands Democrats (3e4784)

  16. Boo …. Merrrrrrs rule. No morals, no standards. Just do it dude.

    glenn (8bed60)

  17. Dustin wrote:

    JVW, of course both Spitzer and Weiner are corrupt and no electorate that deserves a good government would ever select either.

    Looks like they’re both locks to win!

    The prescient Dana (3e4784)

  18. Weiner and Spitzer for the People! Prepare to get DP’d.

    The Dana who's glad he doesn't live in New York (3e4784)

  19. 15.It’s only fair. After all, Mr Spitzer is experienced in paying money to get f(ornicated)…

    Comment by The Dana who understands Democrats (3e4784) — 7/8/2013 @ 10:38 am

    As an aside this is why I presumed that drugs were also in Greg Greenwald’s Rio hotel room.

    Without drugs how is that supposed to happen?

    Steve57 (7c82fc)

  20. Looks like they’re both locks to win!

    Comment by The prescient Dana (3e4784) — 7/8/2013

    Rush sometimes will claim this sleazy stuff is a resume enhancement for a democrat. When Weiner gave his pathetic and sobbing apology I thought that was disproven, but apparently Rush was right.

    Dustin (303dca)

  21. A wienie wager and a John; just how far will Gotham City sink?

    Comanche Voter (f4c7d5)

  22. Sorry about that–that’s “wienie wagger” but then maybe Little Tony was “betting” that he’d get his message across. And Eliot Spitzer is still a John.

    Comanche Voter (f4c7d5)

  23. 13-Spitzer hasn’t either, but this is America and he’s free to run…just like the Newt.

    Ian G. (bd7302)

  24. Ian G., trying to compare Spitzer to Newt just reinforces your moral bankruptcy.

    SPQR (768505)

  25. The dems always resort to ‘you do it too’. Even though it usually isn’t a fair comparison, it’s a confession there is no defense for their sleazeball of the hour.

    Dustin (303dca)

  26. Dustin, if a Democrat raped a woman, and a GOP copped a feel, Ian G. would use “you do it too”.

    SPQR (768505)

  27. Indeed, SPQR. It’s a cynical tactic that is not intended to actually make the case. It’s only intended to take people ‘off message’. Put the critics on the defensive and they are no longer critics. Low infos will accept there’s controversy just because both sides are mad.

    It’s that LBJ ‘make him deny he’s f***ing a pig’ thing. Democrats are extremely clever about how they gain and exploit power. If they put all that cleverness to work for this country we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in… but that was never the point for them.

    Dustin (303dca)

  28. Who the …k cares?
    New York, clean up your own mess.

    BTW, Nelson’s corpse could do a better job of running the state than any of the previous string of incompetents – and that goes back to at least “Hamlet on the Hudson”.
    (and I never voted for the guy when he was running for Prez)

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  29. Who the …k cares?
    New York, clean up your own mess.

    Unfortunately, with dems running much of the federal government, it’s all too plausible that the taxpayers of the smart states will have to bail out the taxpayers in the dumb ones.

    Further, Weiner’s lies hurt innocent people… some of whom I consider friends. Ultimately if New Yorkers desire these ‘men’ to be their leaders that is none of my business, but it is pretty unfortunate.

    Dustin (303dca)

  30. There will never be a more opportune moment for Mel Reynolds and John Edwards to re-enter political life.

    Jon Corzine must be wishing that he had merely sexed underage girls and consorted with whores, and not thrown away everyone’s investment money. But hey, give Jersey Democrats four more years of Chris Christie and maybe they’ll be willing to overlook Corzine’s sins if he is polling well.

    JVW (23867e)

  31. Corzine better hope (know) that all of the money he lost belonged to “upright” investors, and not to people who take a very dim view of being screwed.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  32. 26-No, I wouldn’t.

    SPQR-Spitzer and Newt both did some extremely icky things. I’m not sure that the Newt deserves a nuanced view of his moral ineptitudes.

    Ian G. (bd7302)

  33. Spitzer’s problem wasn’t that of a man caught with hookers, it was that of the moralistic crusader caught with hookers. A Jimmy Swagart moment.

    Of course, Jimmy tied to come back, too.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  34. Mr G wrote:

    Spitzer and Newt both did some extremely icky things. I’m not sure that the Newt deserves a nuanced view of his moral ineptitudes.

    There is a difference: Mr Gingrich behaved pretty scummily toward his first two wives, but that isn’t a crime. Mr Spitzer not only committed a crime, but when he was attorney general he actively prosecuted prostitutes; we have crime with a heaping dollop of hypocrisy on top. That’s almost certainly enough to get him the win in New York!

    The nuanced Dana (af9ec3)

  35. I still haven’t forgotten Spitzer’s mob-like intimidation and prosecution of Wall Street companies. Lots of good jobs in my town were lost for a minor minor trade. Apparently the CEO didn’t pay enough tribute to Democrats. An early precursor of Obama’s payolla approach to government.

    As for Weeeeeeennnnnnnnneeerr. Does nobody care that his “wife” is pretty closely related to the Muslim Brotherhood? Man that media can slip anything by the people.

    red (7b5f67)

  36. 33-So you believe that Newt deserves a nuanced view of his actions. As an objective outside observer I would say that it most likely stems from the Newt’s political party. Again, I do not think that Eliot Spitzer should be running for political office, but I do believe that the GOP has had it’s share of unsavory characters in it’s ranks.

    Herman Cain. Not charged, right? Neither was Spitzer

    Chris Myers

    Christopher Lee

    Mark Sanford

    Ian G. (b2d693)

  37. Tye is an objective outsider? It is to laugh.

    JD (8f669d)

  38. You owe me a keyboard for that one

    JD (8f669d)

  39. I’m not a GOP lap dog, which is more than I can say for you toonces.

    Ian G. (bd7302)

  40. The mama-san who provided him with girls is running for the same seat against him. Only in the Democratic Party, only in the Democratic Party … Sigh.

    nk (875f57)

  41. Ian G. shows the basic moral bankruptcy of Democrats quite clearly.

    SPQR (768505)

  42. She has the Libertarian Party nomination. She’s not running in the Democratic primary. She was really about to run for Public Advocate after first pondering Controller, but then switched back when Elliot Spitzer announced. This announcement may have caused the recent de facto but denied he was separated from his wife. He seems to be sleeping by his parents, though, right now.

    He probably should have married Elena Kagan.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  43. 40-No, actually that list was a list of republicans.

    Ian G. (bd7302)

  44. The Controller doesn’t seem to do much of anything. He must sign off on checks, and does audits – both of fraud and of effectiveness, but apparently he can be ignored. He might be able to legally stop some things and can call attention to things and has access to information of course.

    Public Advocate is now a nearly powerless position – its job, if anything, is constituent service, but the occupants of the office prefer grandstanding.

    Everybody else does constituent service even thought it’s not their job at all – the one elected official whose job is constituent service doesn’t do it.

    This office used to be called the City Council President, and had an equal vote with Mayor and Controller on the Board of Estimate, which needed to approve a lot of things. It was almost a second branch of the legislature. The 5 Borough presidents were also members, with each having half the votes of the 3 citywide elected officials – thus the 3 citywide elected officials were a majority, or 2 of them plus 3 Borough presidents, Or one citywide elected official plus 4 borough presidents.

    Paul O’Dwyer succeeded in getting the job of Ombudsman added to it. Then the Board of Estimate was ruled unconstituional after 1989 (after all Staten Island had much less population than the other 4 boroughs – the others weren;t quite equal – Manhattan had about half the population of Brooklyn, but they were somewhat close)

    The office was renamed Public Advicate.. Most recently, the Public Advocate lost the succession to the mayoralty, or the period of succession was greatly reduced.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  45. “Everybody else does constituent service even thought it’s not their job at all – the one elected official whose job is constituent service doesn’t do it.”

    One reason, of course, is that the other people in city government don’t give the Public Advocate much of a budget.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  46. Wasn’t the previous one, Hevesi, indicted for something, isn’t the current one, Thompson known to be a hack.

    narciso (3fec35)

  47. Hevesi was indicted and convicted for what he did as New York State Controller. At first, it seemed like he was only using staff to take care of personal needs of his disabled wife – which he had also done as New York City Controller.

    In 2006 his resgnation and removal from office was postponed until after he could win re-election. Then, he was gone, and the New York State legislature (both houses combined, voting individually, so Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver) picked his successor, who won re-election in 2010.

    Hevesi went to jail because he had gotten some money or expenses paid or something and had been involved in selecting who would get commissions.

    The New York State Controller is the sole trustee of the state’s pension funds. So far the money has not ben stolen, but it is possible to siphon off a little bit by getting a kickback from people who manage the money. It seems to be important to whoever is Controller to have a good return on investment.

    Thompson was Controller after Hevesi. He ran for Mayor and lost narrowly (to Bloomberg’s surprise -Bloomberg had been defrauded by a consultant, Jhn Hagerty, who was supposed to set up a voting-security and get out the vote operation, but did nothing except pocket some of the money himself)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/nyregion/haggerty-former-republican-consultant-goes-to-prison.html?_r=0

    Polls showed people thought Bloomberg was doing a good job – he attributed his loss to people opposinga third term, after he and Speaker Quinn had legislatively waived the two term limit that had been imposed by a referfndeum in 1993.

    The Daily News had a story the other day about Thompson just letting the Cuty Time fraud happen

    (City Time was new system for time clocking in that was supposed to save the city money – the cost for creating it just kept going up and up. Since it was a capital and not an operating expense, nobody felt any pain immediately, and saving money wouldn’t help the budget.)

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  48. I do recall some of that, so Spitzer aimed for the right office, and with cop haters Quinn and DeBlasio in the ranks, no wonder Weiner is within the margin of error

    narciso (3fec35)

  49. Yes Thomspson is a hack. All the major Democratic candidates for mayor are hacks, except maybe for Anthony Weiner, who is simply in the pocket of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Weiner (and Spitzer) know they can’t get the endorsement of any of the unions so they are more independent.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  50. 47. Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 7/9/2013 @ 6:33 am

    I do recall some of that, so Spitzer aimed for the right office, and with cop haters Quinn and DeBlasio in the ranks, no wonder Weiner is within the margin of error

    Thompson while not exactly a cop-hater (he’s actually been warned by Al Sharpton about that) is completely in the pocket of the teacher’s union. Lie also is except that he is now regarded as having too little a chance because his people ahve been convicted of violating campaign finance las (straw donors and so on – and straw donors are really valuable because of 6x matching campaign fuinds of the first $175 of contributions anyone gives)

    There is also of course Sal Albanese and a few others, and maybe one good Republican, Joe Lhota.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  51. weiner was encouraged to run for something smaller than Mayor.

    Spizte did pick the right office – almost no competition, but that means he has to win it in teh first round (there is a runoff only of the top finisher gets less than 40%)

    We wikll be using the old lever machines for the primary and the runoff but not the generfal election) because without them he votes might not be counted in time – they almost certainly couldn’t be recounted that is.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  52. I was being ironic, the city’s budget chief, should be somewhat competent, I kid;

    narciso (3fec35)

  53. Again, I do not think that Eliot Spitzer should be running for political office, but I do believe that the GOP has had it’s share of unsavory characters in it’s ranks.

    But, Ian G, you do have to admit that the left/Democrats have dumbed down society to such a great degree over the past 50 years that various forms of dysfunction and corruption not only no longer shock growing percentages of the populace, but are even increasingly tolerated by more and more of it.

    Shysters and jokers like Weiner and Spitzer would have been been shamed and humiliated into hiding in earlier generations. End of matter.

    Keep in mind one thing: There is NO conservative/Republican counterpart to a city like Detroit, Michigan, in which in spite of tons of BS, anomie, corruption and failings, a huge majority of its electorate blindly, idiotically leans left decade after decade.

    Mark (181c26)

  54. Spitzer claims what he did as Attorney General is good for this job.

    The controller is not he budget chief – I think he signs the checks, but am not sure what authrity he may have to disallow payments and if he does on what grounds.

    The Controller does audits. There are two kinds of ways programs can be audited – for financial fraud and for effectiveness or value. He may be able to sue too. Audits are usally ignored, besides sometimes getting newspaper space, and can be very dishonest sometimes.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  55. Spitzer’s campaign is entirely self-financed this time – his opponent Scott Stringer claims that accepting contribuutions makes him more virtuous.

    Spitzer got in trouble afyer the 1994 election for accepting a “loan” from his father = by now his fatgher has giiven him or enabled him to earn enough money, especially after he resigned office in March 2008, so that he doesn’t need to do that.

    His wife Silda never was happy with him being in political office.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  56. except maybe for Anthony Weiner, who is simply in the pocket of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Not sure if that’s damning with faint praise or something closer to: “And other than THAT, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?”

    Mark (181c26)

  57. Weiner/Spitzer? Seriously?

    Oh, man. The gods of comedy smile upon us.

    mojo (8096f2)

  58. 55. It’s something closer to: “And other than THAT, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?”

    Or rather like “the play was very entertaining, but the performance was not finished because it was interrupted by an actor shooting the president.”

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  59. I made a mistake earlier.

    The office that Eliot spitzer is seeking is called Comptroller (with an “m” in it) The state level office is called Controller.

    Both are pronounced the same way.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  60. Anthony Weiner imitates Chris Christie?? Or is his model Ed Koch?

    Weiner to Heckler: ‘Take a Hike’ July 4, 2013, New York times, page A22

    Here, a lightly edited transcript of their exchange.

    WEINER: Sir, sir, simply because I am a candidate doesn’t give you a right to be disrespectful. All right, watch this, watch this! (He slowly turns his back to the heckler, in a conspicuous snub, and strikes up a conversation with an old woman.) How are you?

    HECKLER: You should be ashamed of yourself!

    WEINER: I’m ignoring you.

    HECKLER: So Anthony Weiner, apparently, is afraid of free speech!

    WEINER: Stop yelling at me.

    HECKLER: You should apologize.

    WEINER: You’re showing no respect. I am talking to somebody.

    HECKLER: You showed no respect to our soldiers who died because of your shameful vote.

    WEINER: You know what? I’m showing you all the respect you deserve.

    HECKLER: You showed no respect —

    WEINER: Cut it out! Stop with the show! You’re acting like a bozo.

    (At this point, others in the crowd began to turn on the HECKLER.)

    MAN: You made your point.

    WOMAN: Did you ever serve in the Army or Navy?

    WEINER: Take a hike! Take a hike!

    HECKLER: You don’t show respect for the people.

    WEINER: You are yelling at me. If you want to have a conversation with me, I am prepared to do it.

    HECKLER: We deserve a mayor who had the judgment to vote against a war based on a lie.

    HECKLER: Yeah, well —

    WEINER: You really think I am going to be bullied by you yelling at the top of your lungs here?

    You think I would really stand for mayor if one person yelling is going to bully me? It’s not going to happen.

    I want to meet citizens. If you want to yell at the top of your lungs, keep doing it. I’m not going to be bullied by people like you, now or when I become mayor.

    If you want to have a conversation, I respect you enough to have a conversation. But yelling at the top of your lungs is not the New York way. We don’t roll like that.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  61. The New York Times wrote that “a man in a green T-shirt began to berate him for his 2002 vote in Congress to support the war in Iraq.”

    That was about his support for the Iraq war. this was on Tuesday,, July 2, 2013, outside of the subway station at 72nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan on Tuesday (center of the Upper West side of Manhattan)

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  62. He shouldn’t pay too much, or rely on the people he pays if he does – Rick Perry made that mistake in Virginia in 2012.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  63. He shouldn’t pay too much

    That’s good advice that Mr. Spitzer Client Number Nine could have used a while back. 😉

    nk (875f57)

  64. Yes.

    Sammy Finkelman (a4dbab)

  65. Eliot Spitzer’s seems to be constantly surprised by who is not supporting him (or lying about it) or what is about to happen.

    His wife: He said she is in the office and someone has to work. he says she’ll show up later.

    His former Lt Gov, former Governor David Paterson: He told a radio station that he thought Paterson is supporting him and Paterson called the station to confirm he’s supporting Scott Stringer.

    Petition gatherers: he thought there’d be more in Union Square when he had a press conference, and jokes the reporters had chased them away.

    His political consultant, Neal Kwatra, whom he thought whom be organizing the petition drive.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  66. Spitzer Quickly Hits Establishment Headwind front ppage July 9, 2013 New York Times,

    From corporate boardrooms to the headquarters of the city’s Democratic political campaigns, phone lines lighted up and strategy sessions were organized on Monday with a single mission in mind: stopping Eliot Spitzer….In candid conversations, some of the leaders expressed acute regret over their failure to swiftly undercut the mayoral campaign of former Representative Anthony D. Weiner, another scandal-scarred candidate for citywide office, and said they would not make the same mistake twice.

    Behind the scenes, they began to lay out a blueprint for undermining Mr. Spitzer’s bid for comptroller, the city’s third-highest elected office, and for propping up his lesser-known Democratic rival, Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president….

    ….Strikingly, Democratic leaders drew parallels between Mr. Spitzer and Mr. Weiner, trying to lump them together as two wayward men obsessed with reclaiming power and unworthy of redemption, in a direct appeal to women voters who may decide the races…..

    ….Business leaders leapt into the ruckus, finding common cause with organized labor as they described Mr. Spitzer as ill-suited to the job of managing the city’s multibillion-dollar pension system and policing city spending.

    Such a post, said Kathryn S. Wylde, the head of the Partnership for New York City, made up mainly of real estate, Wall Street and insurance firms, requires intense collaboration and diplomacy with the mayor’s office, the business community and municipal labor unions….

    …. In the corridors of finance, executives made little secret of their dismay at the thought of Mr. Spitzer, an often zealous adversary of Wall Street, assuming a job with some authority over the industry. Robert T. Zito, the founder of a brand consulting firm and a former executive at the New York Stock Exchange, which was a relentless target of Mr. Spitzer’s ire over executive pay, put it bluntly: “I would love to see his opponent win.”

    Those involved in and briefed about the strategy discussions raised the possibility of organizing a super PAC to counter Mr. Spitzer’s self-financed campaign.

    Eyes turned to Mr. Spitzer’s most fervent critics on Wall Street, like the billionaire Kenneth G. Langone, a co-founder of Home Depot and a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, who had relished the governor’s downfall….

    ….There were signs that Mr. Spitzer’s opponents had already succeeded in complicating his plans.

    According to people close to him, Neal Kwatra, a top city political strategist who had voluntarily helped orchestrate the rollout of Mr. Spitzer’s campaign, decided to cut his ties with the campaign amid signs that some of his clients, including the city’s Hotel Trades Council, which is backing Mr. Stringer, were cool to the Spitzer candidacy. Mr. Kwatra declined to comment…..

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  67. Spitzer, short on time and professional help, organizes a petitioning party

    Spitzer’s team has already lost one consultant, Neal Kwatra, a former labor operative who was thought to be organizing the effort, though it’s unclear what exactly his duties entailed. Kwatra’s firm is no longer working for Spitzer, after reportedly being pressured by labor groups who support Spitzer’s opponent, Scott Stringer.

    As Ruby Cramer noted, it’s unclear who exactly is in charge of this process, and the campaign wouldn’t disclose who is on the team.

    Spitzer has spent the better part of two days mostly doing interviews, though he did collect seven signatures during a chaotic appearance in Union Square yesterday, where the campaign said he had eight staffers also collecting signatures. Asked what else he had planned yesterday, Spitzer said he had plans to meet with the petitioning team.

    Spitzer said this morning that he had “many, many people” on the streets and that the campaign was “gathering assiduously.”

    “I feel comfortable we will get there,” he said.

    One person on Twitter said he would sign Spitzer’s petition, if only he knew where to go.

    885 Third Avenue in Manhattan, between 53rd and 54th St, at 6 to 8 PM today, at the Sprig Restaurant and Bar.

    Going door to door is said to be more effective by the same source that says someone who goes door to door gets about 10 signatures a day and people at a subway stop get 100. There could be acourt challenge not only over the signatures and the way they were prepared, but how many are needed – it may really be about 7,500. So he should have aimed for 15,000. Stringer has 100,000

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  68. News commentators were divided on whether Spitzer was better or worse than Weiner.

    Points in favor of Spitzer:

    1. He is angling for a demotion – Weiner is going for a promotion.

    2. Spitzer was out of office longer.

    3. Spitzer has some ability.

    Points in favor of Weiner:

    1. What Weiner did was not a crime under the law.

    2. Weiner is a loud talker, but Spitzer actually harmed innocent people’s lives. (Columnists and editorialists seem actually divided about Spitzer – people in the New York Times think he did good as Attorney general, not so the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. The Daily News people also seem to be against Spitzer.

    Both of them were not liked by other people in politics for reasons completely separate from what seemed to have ended their careers..

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  69. Wall Street Journal: Spitzer Leads Stringer in Comptroller Race: Poll

    42% to 33%. Other 1% 24% undecided

    67% say Spitzer should be given a second chance. 25% said they don’t believe he has the character to be the city’s chief financial officer.

    31% found Mr. Weiner’s scandal to be more offensive than Spitzer’s, while 29% said Mr. Spitzer’s prostitution scandal was worse.

    46% of Democrats have a positive opinion of Mr. Spitzer, while 35% have an unfavorable view of him and 19% are unsure. Among Democrats, 40% view Mr. Stringer favorably, 17% have a lesser impression of him and 43% have either never heard of him or are unsure how to rate him.

    57% said Mr. Spitzer would be an excellent or good comptroller; nearly one in five said he would perform fairly well in the post and 12% said they think he would fall short.

    Mr. Spitzer’s supporters are more committed than Mr. Stringer’s backers, with 47% of those voters planning to pull the lever for Mr. Spitzer saying they are strongly committed to their choice. Among Mr. Stringer’s supporters, 30% said they won’t waver in their commitment.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  70. Spammy Sammy strikes again.

    peedoffamerican (ee1de0)

  71. 40. Comment by nk (875f57) — 7/9/2013 @ 5:38 am

    The mama-san who provided him with girls is running for the same seat against him. Only in the Democratic Party, only in the Democratic Party … Sigh.

    It is the Libertarian party, as I said already but besides that The New York Times fact checked that today, and it is not true.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/nyregion/madams-ties-to-spitzer-its-a-campaign-issue.html

    In the first place, she had nothing to do with providing him with prostitutes in 2008, when he waqs caught. Her agency was not involved with that.

    She’s claimed that she supplied him with prostitutes since 2008, or her lawyer did, and now she claims her old lawyer retained the evidence but her lawyer says while he can’t say much he can say he gave his entire file to her next lawyer.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  72. New York Post headline story today: Spitzer did not vote in the 2012 presidential election, in spite of writing an op-ed piece about whom he was going to vote for.

    He flew to the west coast to participate in election night coverage.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  73. Last

    Yoda (35b482)

  74. Not.

    Stashiu3 (e7ebd8)

  75. are too

    Yoda (35b482)

  76. 😆

    Yoda (127915)

  77. Spitzer collected 27,000 signatures by Thursday night July 11, 2013, and Stringer decided not to challenge them (now I think any voter can so he told other people not to do it, not waste their time)

    Spitzer’s wife signed one of his petitions and his daughter helped gather them.

    Spitzer has appeared on many national TV programs – Weiner has avoided them.

    Both have various stories about themselves in the news.

    Spitzer is leading by about 15 percentage points in a poll in a 2-man race (there is also an obscure Republican candidate for the general election)

    Weiner’s lead is about 3 points in a 5 person race – except that it is more than 5. Sal Albanese can’t get any attention.

    Sammy Finkelman (43c045)


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