Eliot Spitzer was chomping at the bit for policy questions in Crown Heights this evening.
Arriving in a slight drizzle in the fading sun, Mr. Spitzer took photos–as per usual during his campaign stops–bent to the cobbled ground to speak with toddlers and bought a $2 pound of okra. But he looked the most comfortable and excited as he addressed policy-related questions from the public and press alike.
Huddled in the shade on the steps outside of City Hall today, an Avengers-esque group of Latino leaders gathered to claim their allegiances to city comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, and, more importantly, level an onslaught of verbal assaults against the other guy, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. began the proceedings.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who before Sunday was virtually unopposed in the comptroller’s race, is ramping up his attacks against his new rival Eliot Spitzer, as unions and Wall Street backers rally to Mr. Stringer’s side.
During an appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show this morning, Mr. Stringer took one subtle dig after the next against Mr. Spitzer, the famously difficult-to-get-along-with former attorney general-turned-“steamroller” governor, who was forced to resign five years ago in the wake of a prostitution scandal.
When Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer announced his intention to run for City Comptroller this evening it may have made things easier for the 2013 mayoral candidates, but it created a tough race for another Democrat who is running for comptroller–Councilman Dan Garodnick. However, Mr. Garodnick’s campaign spokesman Dan Levitan released a statement saying Mr. Garodnick is ready for the fight.
“Dan Garodnick said when he announced his campaign for NYC comptroller that he was a candidate – regardless of the field. Nothing has happened to change that,” Mr. Levitan said. “Dan didn’t choose to run for comptroller because he thought it would be the easiest race. He chose to run for comptroller because it was the job that best suited his talents and experience–fluent with the city’s finances, trained at internal investigations and with the record of integrity the office needs.” Continue reading “Dan Garodnick’s Campaign Says He’s Ready to Take on Scott Stringer”→