Election Day: 2013apalooza
He gave Scott Stringer reason to sweat it out, but Eliot Spitzer will not be New York City’s next comptroller.
The former governor, who had attempted to revive his political career with a run for a little-known office, conceded tonight in a hastily-delivered speech in Harlem.
“I’ve called Scott Stringer and congratulated him on a victory tonight, and wish him well as we go forward in his position as comptroller, I presume, and expect him to win this November,” he said in a speech that lasted less than four minutes from start to finish–including a pause in the middle for cheers and chants of “Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer!”
Eliot Spitzer took his comptroller campaign to Downtown Brooklyn today and found an overwhelmingly positive reception as voters shuffled out of Brooklyn Borough Hall’s subway station on their way to work.
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!” Veronica Horsfore, 62, exclaimed in a thick Grenadian accent as she stood next to Mr. Spitzer. “We are all sinners and this is the time to give this man a chance … God bless you. God bless you.”
Mr. Spitzer, slightly baffled, could only offer his thanks.
He doesn’t plan on being steamrollered.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who up until tonight was unopposed in the Democratic primary and the overwhelming front-runner for city comptroller, appears ready to greet his new opponent, former Governor Eliot Spitzer, head on.
Put a Spell on You
Call it the year of redemption.
In the second shock entry of this election season, Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who was forced to resign during a prostitution scandal, is planning to re-enter politics with a run for city comptroller, a source close to Mr. Spitzer confirmed Sunday night.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and one of the state’s top legislative leaders don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on corruption metaphors.
Dean Skelos, the head of the State Senate’s Republican caucus expressed concerns yesterday that Mr. Cuomo’s recently-launched Moreland Commission, which will go after corruption in Albany, would amount to a “witch hunt” against sitting lawmakers. But asked about Mr. Skelos’s phrasing today, Mr. Cuomo questioned its applicability.
Criticizing the Critics
Gov. Chris Christie today called for a special election on Oct. 16 to replace U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at the age of 89.
The October special election means the primary will be held on Aug. 13.
With only a handful of days left in this year’s legislative session in which to enact his policy agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed hard on one of his signature issues today: the Women’s Equality Act. Sitting before the media at a State Capitol press conference, Mr. Cuomo repeatedly took swipes at both his critics and the press for what he said was an unfair depiction of the bill.
“The language on the choice issue is different than what the opponents have suggested,” Mr. Cuomo said at one point, for instance. “Different than what the press has been writing, frankly … Go back and look at the stories you guys wrote–none of that is accurate.”
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TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie described the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg “as a fighter” Monday morning after news of his death.
“I had remarks that I was going to share, … [but] it seems to me to be inappropriate to do that at this point,” said Christie, speaking at the 2013 New Jersey Governor’s Conference for Women.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t want to talk about Anthony Weiner. He really doesn’t–seriously.
“I appreciate that you continue to ask questions that you know that I don’t want to answer,” Mr. Cuomo accordingly deadpanned earlier today when faced with yet another question on Mr. Weiner, this one about the scandal-scarred mayoral candidate’s recent rise in the polls.
“I respect your perseverance,” he added. “I hope that you respect my discipline.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his own brand of humor.
Indeed, while the tabloids have been reveling in making puns out of former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s last name, Mr. Cuomo went another route entirely.
“Shame on us,” the governor recently told the Syracuse Post-Standard about the prospect of Mr. Weiner winning the mayoral race, a bid just announced last Wednesday. Although the comment appeared to be a slam against Mr. Weiner, a Cuomo administration official told The New York Times it was actually “made in jest.”