Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, felled by a prostitution scandal five years ago, found a forgiving crowd in Staten Island this morning during the third official campaign stop of his surprise bid to become the city’s next comptroller.
“No matter what happened, you know, he is a good politician,” said Emely Gutierrez on her way to work as a personal assistant in Manhattan. “I’ve read about him a lot, many Spanish people like him, me and my friends all like him. The other guy, he doesn’t have the experience.”
There are three new vessels being commissioned for the Staten Island Ferry fleet, and Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm would very much like one of the boats to be named after former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Thus, on the eve of the September 11th attacks, he wrote a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation urging this outcome.
Congressman Michael Grimm called ads against him placed on the Staten Island Ferry, “smear tactics,” “disgusting,” and “politics at its worst” in a statement sent to The Politickertoday. The advertisements, which were purchased by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, focused on reports of a possible FBI investigation into Mr. Grimm’s fundraising. Mr. Grimm described the campaign as evidence the allegations of illegal fundraising being made against him are politically motivated.
“This brings credence to our call that this is political from the beginning,” Mr. Grimm said. “The people of Staten Island and Brooklyn know I have been fighting hard for them and I have the record to prove it, which is why the DCCC must resort to smear tactics.”
On The Waterfront
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going after embattled freshman, Republican Congressman Michael Grimm with a nasty ad campaign on the State Island ferry. Mr. Grimm, whose district includes Staten Island and a small portion of South Brooklyn, is currently facing a potential FBI investigation into his fundraising and a challenge for his seat from Democrat Mark Murphy. The DCCC’s fiery ferry campaign features headlines about the probe into Mr. Grimm’s finances along with the slogan “Your Congressman Michael Grimm” Looking Out For Himself, Not You” and the address of a website, TheGrimmFiles.com, filled with incriminating information about Mr. Grimm’s business dealings and a 1999 nightclub altercation the congressman was involved in.