Former Governor Eliot Spitzer was mobbed by an army of reporters as he made his first campaign appearance this afternoon, five years after resigning from office amid a prostitution scandal.
Mr. Spitzer, carrying a clipboard with a single petitioning sheet, was swarmed by dozens of cameras in front of the Union Square subway station and then trailed through the green market as he attempted to gather petition signatures from voters. Also in the crushing crowd was at least one heckler, who shouted obscenities as Mr. Spitzer took questions for more than an hour, sweat dripping down his face.
Anthony Weiner wanted to talk about bikes this morning. He didn’t quite get his wish.
A throng of cameras formed a blockade around the entrance of Zen Bikes in Chelsea, where Mr. Weiner, a former congressman and candidate for mayor, was proposing a tax break plan to promote bicycle commuting. He spoke very briefly on the topic at hand, seeming to anticipate the immediate shift in conversation to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who threw his hat into the city’s comptroller race last night and erupted the media landscape in doing so.
Mr. Weiner, like Mr. Spitzer, resigned in disgrace in the wake of a prominent sex scandal, but Mr. Weiner was unenthused with questions as to whether voters will forgive the former governor’s past indiscretions.