Headline of the Day: “Anthony Weiner and Alleged Mayoral Candidate George McDonald Went at It Today.”
Alternative: “Weiner: My moral authority trumps Quinn’s because term limits.”
When asked, mayoral candidates on both sides of the partisan aisle are quick to tout their ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I love him like a brother,” George McDonald said, for instance. John Catsimatidis quipped, “You see him wear my ties all the time.” “I learned a lot from him about how to create a focused, achievable agenda, and follow it through,” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio added.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson‘s Battery Park City Authority record is coming under scrutiny, with the New York Post reporting today that he doled out money to “at least five groups singled out by the state inspector general as unfit to receive such funds because they did not directly serve the authority’s mission,” including Rev. Floyd Flake‘s Queens nonprofit.
Both The New York Observer and the Daily News offered some rare sympathy for Comptroller John Liu, whose mayoral bid was delivered the “death penalty” by what the News‘ editorial board described as an “incomplete picture.” The Observer labeled Mr. Liu “precisely the sort of candidate that the city’s campaign finance system was designed to help.”
While ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer notified the CFB that he doesn’t currently have any plans to spend more than $12 million in his bid to be the city’s next comptroller, although that could change. In the same story, his rival, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, didn’t rule out a campaign solely on the Working Families Party line should he lose the primary.
In other news, Post columnist Michael Goodwin is certainly throwing stuff out there. “Rumor mill crankin’ on Eliot mess. Reader Don Reed has a scoop, if true,” he wrote today. “‘People are going nuts trying to smoke out the identity of Eliot Spitzer’s clandestine girlfriend,’ he writes. ‘I think it’s Huma.’ Stop the presses!”