With CNN dropping Spitzer’s talk show — In The Arena nee Parker Spitzer — the combative, wonky talk show host has lost the vehicle that allowed him to publicly flirt with running for mayor in 2013.
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf — who cut
a few all the ads for Spitzer during his 1998 run for attorney general — emailed me to say: “Former attorney general, resigned governor, former cable show host is just so former. The closest he’ll get to being elected mayor 2013 is voting.”
The Spitzer 2013 talk was just a bait to get more people to tune in and watch the show, but it was real enough for reporters to write about it, and for Dick Grasso, whom Spitzer dethroned from the New York Stock Exchange, to threaten the city with his own mayoral candidacy.
All of which is to say, there’s still an opening for a business-friendly, non-Democratic Party establishment candidate to emerge.