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.
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.
Eliot Spitzer’s gubernatorial successor David Paterson, a close ally and former ticket-mate of the new city comptroller candidate, believes Anthony Weiner’s strong showing in the Democratic mayoral primary helped motivate Mr. Spitzer to leap into the race days before the petitioning deadline.
“I think that decision was made within the last week,” Mr. Paterson told radio host Curtis Sliwa yesterday, suggesting a fellow scandal-scarred pol’s success informed Mr. Spitzer’s decision. “Maybe the governor saw the way in which Congressman Weiner is holding his own in the Democratic primary.”
Former Governor David Paterson, who took the state’s top executive post after Eliot Spitzer suddenly resigned amid a prostitution scandal, says he might not be done with politics just yet.
“I love public service. I love the people who do it,” Mr. Paterson answered this morning when asked whether he’d run for veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat if the incumbent retired. “I would listen to people.”
Former Governor David Paterson’s time hosting his two-hour daily radio show has officially come to an abrupt end.
Earlier today, FishbowlNY reported a “bloodbath” of layoffs at WOR News Talk Radio, one of which was New York’s accidental governor, who surprisingly assumed office in 2008 after Governor Eliot Spitzer’s infamous hooker-induced resignation.