The increasingly negative race to become the next city comptroller now features pie charts referencing a certain Canadian pop sensation.
Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan, who has already used his Twitter profile to ridicule rival Scott Stringer for once proclaiming a “Justin Bieber Appreciation Day” in Manhattan, took his Bieber references even further today with an unrelated attack against Mr. Stringer’s attendance record as a trustee of the city’s public-workers retirement system.
A Schmoozing Spitzer
On the same day that a leading mayoral candidate hit the campaign trail for the Orthodox Jewish vote at a pizzeria in the Boro Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer took his own front-running comptroller campaign to Basil, a kosher pizza restaurant in Crown Heights.
Sporting a yarmulke and a particularly festive tie, Mr. Spitzer deftly juggled social niceties with hardball policy issue talk, all the while expressing confidence in his chances of winning the Democratic primary–just two weeks away.
Comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer wants to use the city’s financial clout to boost the number of women serving in the country’s corporate boardrooms.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day–and in what some may see as a subtle dig against rival Eliot Spitzer and the infamous prostitution scandal that ended Mr. Spitzer’s governorship–Mr. Stringer will roll out plans today to encourage greater female representation at the highest levels of corporate power, with proposals that include the appointment of a “chief diversity officer” in the comptroller’s office.
Taking a page from the Anthony Weiner shopping-with-the-press playbook, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer took reporters on a tour through West Harlem this afternoon–following a roundtable discussion with minority business leaders–and got some fashion advice along the way,
After picking up an iced coffee at the newly-opened Harlem Shake (“Why’s ice coffee more expensive than regular coffee? You get less coffee, you pay more, I’ve never understood it,” he mused), Mr. Spitzer popped into Harlem Haberdashery, a funky–and expensive, he’d later learn–clothing boutique popular with professional athletes and local pols, including mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Almost immediately, Mr. Spitzer made a beeline to an antique globe sitting near the cash register, picking it up like a basketball. “This is cool, man. Globes are cool!” he exclaimed.
Out of Comptrol
It’s not just the mayor’s race that’s growing increasingly contentious.
At an Uptown campaign stop that was billed as former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s first policy proposal announcement, the comptroller candidate toured the Frederick Douglass NYCHA housing complex before briefly criticizing Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial proposal to fingerprint all public housing residents–all the while mercilessly blasting his opponent.
Former Gov. David Paterson campaigned with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer this morning outside a subway stop in Harlem, but the appearance quickly turned awkward as the former governor refused to criticize Mr. Spitzer’s opponent: his former boss
Mr. Paterson, who served under Eliot Spitzer as lieutenant governor and took over when he resigned, repeatedly refused to answer a simple question: why voters should choose the little-known Stringer over Mr. Spitzer, who is leading the polls in the comptroller’s race.
“I’m not going to answer the question of why they should choose Scott over Eliot. That’s your question. I didn’t ask that question and I’m not answering it,” said Mr. Paterson, who had endorsed Mr. Stringer long before Mr. Spitzer entered the race.
Baby on Board
It was time for Scott Stringer’s wife and baby to shine.
Elyse Buxbaum–a.k.a. Mrs. Stringer–officially hit the trail for the first time this morning on behalf of her husband’s city comptroller campaign, with the pair’s 11-week-old son, Miles, in tow. Accompanied by public advocate hopeful Reshma Saujani, Ms. Buxbaum visited two senior living centers in Queens, showing off her bundle of joy to the elderly residents milling about before lunch.
“This is his wife,” Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said to a resident who was familiar with the borough president. “Do you like babies?”
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have Big Thought Thursdays, but city Comptroller John Liu just had a big pot Wednesday.
Mr. Liu, whose campaign took a major hit when he was denied matching funds last week, unveiled a proposal to legalize marijuana in New York City today, comparing the status quo’s ban on the substance to the country’s infamous prohibition against alcohol a hundred years ago.
“It’s time to recognize that the prohibition of marijuana has failed,” Mr. Liu defiantly stated. “And its enforcement has damaged too many lives, especially the minority communities.”
the pen is mightier
The city comptroller’s race was ratcheted up a few notches with a particularly nasty televised debate this morning. But the rhetorical bout, which was also playing out in inboxes across the city, far from ended when the cameras stopped rolling.
Even during the debate, as the candidates were sparring, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s campaign was sending out a flurry of “FACT CHECK” emails to reporters that totaled about 12,000 words. (They can be found in full on the new “Spitzer Response” Tumblr blog, which spans more than twice as long.)
Out of Comptrol
Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned because of a prostitution scandal and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer wants to make darn sure everyone remembers it.
The two city comptroller candidates squared off this morning for the first time in a televised debate and it certainly wasn’t a friendly occasion. Notably, Mr. Stringer tore into Mr. Spitzer for Read More