Cuomo Dodges Astorino Questions by Hyping Potential GOP Challengers

(Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today did his best to undermine his new Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, suggesting Mr. Astorino might not even win his own primary.

Even as Mr. Astorino appears likely to become the Republican nominee–the only other prominent candidate, Donald Trump, said he would only run unopposed–Mr. Cuomo nevertheless cast doubt on Mr. Astorino.

“I’ve seen the movie before. I’ve run for governor before, obviously. That’s how you become governor, to state the obvious,” he said this morning, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show. Continue reading “Cuomo Dodges Astorino Questions by Hyping Potential GOP Challengers”

Andrew Cuomo on Presidential Ambitions: ‘Sorry, I’m Losing You’

Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning side-stepped questions about the status of his presumed presidential ambitions in a rare national television appearance on FOX Business Network.

“I’m sorry, I’m losing you, we have a technical difficulty,” he jokingly told host Maria Bartiromo when asked whether he was still eying a run for the White House in 2016. Continue reading “Andrew Cuomo on Presidential Ambitions: ‘Sorry, I’m Losing You’”

Eliot Spitzer’s Comeback Attempt Fails

The room would soon be empty.
The room would soon be empty.

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!”

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Eliot Spitzer Finds Some Fans in Downtown Brooklyn

Eliot Spitzer today.
Eliot Spitzer today.

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.

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Scott Stringer Comes Out Swinging Against Eliot Spitzer

Scott Stringer, undeterred. (Photo: Getty)
Scott Stringer, undeterred. (Photo: Getty)

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.

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Eliot Spitzer Surprisingly Announces Comptroller Campaign

Eliot Spitzer. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Eliot Spitzer. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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.

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Andrew Cuomo Discusses Albany Corruption and Witches

Witches. (Photo: Getty)
Witches. (Photo: Getty)

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.

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