With just a week to go until Election Day, comptroller candidate Scott Stringer is out with a new web ad reminding voters that there are other races on the ballot too.
The new spot, titled “Our Journey,” features excerpts from Mr. Stringer’s primary night speech, when the Manhattan borough president declared victory against the far better known ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer in order to become the Democratic nominee.
Most of this year’s losing mayoral contenders have shied away from the spotlight. But not John Liu.
hey big spender
As it begins, so it ends.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars on sophisticated Obama campaign-style micro-targeting and get-out-the-vote efforts, hiring a small army of staffers instead of exclusively relying on volunteers, to boost turnout in tomorrow’s polls.
According to city Campaign Finance Board records, Mr. Spitzer has spent just over $300,000 on get-out-the-vote efforts over the past five days.
Out of Comptrol
In the clearest sign yet that the race to become the next city’s comptroller is neck-and-neck, the two candidate launched attack ads tearing into each other today.
They were tough.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer took direct aim at the prostitution scandal that felled ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political career five years ago.
Veni vidi vito
After being forced to resigned after a lurid sexual harassment scandal that tarnished powerful Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, now-City Council candidate Vito Lopez has become the leper of the Democratic establishment, shunned by formerly loyal supporters and castigated in the harshest terms.
But ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is locked in an increasingly negative race for comptroller, stands out as the rare candidate willing to offer a few kind words.
As Seen on TV
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who has suddenly found himself locked in a neck-and-neck battle in the city comptroller’s race, is pushing back against rival Scott Stringer when it comes to women.
Less than two hours after the release of the latest polls showing his once-commanding lead had vanished, Mr Spitzer unveiled a new 30-second spot meant to highlight his “long record of standing up for women’s health and economic security,” according to the campaign.
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 rivals Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer, who have been hurling insults and waging one of the nastiest battles of the election season, today claimed in a televised CBS debate that they’re actually pretty good friends.
Asked by co-moderator Rich Lamb to say something nice about one another, the opponents kicked off a veritable lovefest after weeks of hits.
Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer’s supporters gathered in front of a public housing complex this afternoon, railing against his opponent, Eliot Spitzer, for appearing at an event alongside a race-baiting candidate. They did this as the same controversial pol, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, stood beside them.
The end result was one of the wilder press conferences of this year’s election cycle.
“We are gathered here at the Douglass Houses as a community to repudiate one of the things that Eliot Spitzer has done, which is he has embraced individuals who are hate mongers,” said community activist Brian Benjamin at the event, which was crashed by Mr. Lopez-Pierre.
Newspaper editorial boards have not been especially kind to ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his return to politics.
The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News all enthusiastically endorsed rival Scott Stringer for comptroller last week, with the two tabloids using extensive editorial space–including their covers- to excoriate Mr. Spitzer over his gubernatorial record and infamous prostitution scandal.
But one Queens weekly, at least, is reversing the trend.