Hot Tub Tabloid War: Daily News and New York Post Battle Over Spitzer Story

The war between the city’s tabloids warmed up last night when Confidential, the Daily News‘s gossip page, posted an item refuting “new stories making the rounds” that ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his political operative girlfriend got frisky in a public hot tub on their recent trip to Jamaica.

Later in the night, the Post posted today’s front-page story alleging that Mr. Spitzer sucked on the toes of a topless Lis Smith in front of children at the resort where they stayed over the weekend.
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Eliot Spitzer Announces Divorce From Wife

Monday's New York Post. (Photo: Newseum)
Monday’s New York Post. (Photo: Newseum)

Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, who stood by him after his prostitution scandal, are finally getting a divorce.

“We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject,” Mr. Spitzer and Silda Wall Spitzer said in a joint statement this evening. Continue reading “Eliot Spitzer Announces Divorce From Wife”

Bill de Blasio Mum on Whether He’ll Keep Spitzer-Dating Spox

Lis Smith. (Photo: Twitter)
Lis Smith. (Photo: Twitter)

The latest Eliot Spitzer controversy may just steamroll a promising spokeswoman’s next big move.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio would not confirm to reporters today whether Lis Smith, the spokeswoman two tabloids say is now in a relationship with her old boss, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, would stay on board past his transition and join his administration. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Mum on Whether He’ll Keep Spitzer-Dating Spox”

Obama Campaign Says GOP Staffer Tried to ‘Crash’ Their RNC Office

 Obama Campaign Says GOP Staffer Tried to Crash Their RNC Office
Lis Smith and Tim Miller in Tampa. (Photo:

TAMPA, FL — Along with all the red staters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, there are several Obama For America staffers who are monitoring the events from an office they’re calling the “Romney Economics: Wrong for the Middle Class War Room” and one Republican National Committee staffer has repeatedly attempted to get behind enemy lines and into the Obama campaign’s convention outpost. This morning, Obama For America Director of Rapid Response Lis Smith tweeted that Tim Miller, the digitally savvy deputy communications director of the Republican National Committee had tried and failed to infiltrate the Democrats’ convention war room.

@Timodc’s attempts to crash our office have been even less successful than @MittRomney’s reinvention convention. Not an easy feat,” Ms. Smith wrote, referring to Mr. Miller by his Twitter handle.  Continue reading “Obama Campaign Says GOP Staffer Tried to ‘Crash’ Their RNC Office”

Obama And Romney Blame Each Other For Engaging In ‘Gutter’ Politics

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President Obama (Photo: Getty)

At a rally in Wisconsin last night, Mitt Romney demanded President Barack Obama take his “campaign out of the gutter.” This morning, the Obama campaign responded with a statement blaming the negative tone of the campaign on Mr. Romney’s “dishonest ads.”

“If Mitt Romney wants to take politics out of the gutter, he might want to start with his own campaign ads,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said.  Continue reading “Obama And Romney Blame Each Other For Engaging In ‘Gutter’ Politics”

Obama Campaign Spokeswoman: Team Romney ‘Has Officially Gone Off The Deep End’

 Obama Campaign Spokeswoman: Team Romney Has Officially Gone Off The Deep End
Lis Smith (Photo: Twitter)

On a Romney campaign press call this morning, former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff John Sununu said he wished President Barack Obama “would learn how to be an American.” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded by releasing a statement saying Mr. Sununu’s “meltdown” was evidence Team Romney wants to “change the conversation” after the controversies over Mr. Romney’s offshore assets and his departure from Bain Capital.

“The Romney campaign has officially gone off the deep end. The question is what else they’ll pull to avoid answering serious questions about Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital and investments in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts,” Ms. Smith said. “This meltdown and over-the-top rhetoric won’t make things better- it only calls attention to how desperate they are to change the conversation.” Continue reading “Obama Campaign Spokeswoman: Team Romney ‘Has Officially Gone Off The Deep End’”

Obama Campaign Accuses Romney of ‘Big Bain Lie’ on Outsourcing

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Mitt Romney (Photo: Getty)

This morning’s edition of the Boston Globe contained a report that “government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control” bolstering the Obama campaign’s argument that Mr. Romney was responsible for outsourcing that occurred at Bain. The Globe article came just as the Romney campaign released a new ad describing the outsourcing claims as “dishonest.” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded with a statement saying, “Romney’s False Ad Is Based On His Big Bain Lie.”

“Mitt Romney’s ad is based on the false premise that he left Bain Capital in February 1999, an assertion that today’s Boston Globe and official documents filed with the SEC and the State of Massachusetts demonstrate is just not true,” Ms. Smith said. “The fact is that Romney, despite his big Bain lie, served as president and CEO of his corporate buyout firm until three years later and is responsible for the American jobs that were shipped overseas during that period.”

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul countered the Globe article with a statement of her own labeling the Globe story “inaccurate.” Continue reading “Obama Campaign Accuses Romney of ‘Big Bain Lie’ on Outsourcing”