Spitzer v Statler and Waldorf

We asked a while back what campaign strategy Tom Suozzi could possibly adopt that would help him change the dynamics of a primary in which he trails Eliot Spitzer by 50 points.

Suozzi has since settled into a steady pattern of attacks-of-the-day, laying into Spitzer in recent days for ties to lobbyists, a reluctance to criticize state legislative leaders and a tardy and allegedly unworkable tax-reduction plan.

The angry guy routine has at times underscored Suozzi’s irrelevance in the polls. But this week has already been a decent one for him — maybe the first — as he got an extraordinary reception at a gathering of New York mayors and serious, irony-free coverage in the press afterwards.

Today, Suozzi’s one-man Statler and Waldorf routine contiues. He plans to show up at Spitzer midtown headquarters in midtown to raise conflict-of-interest questions about the recent endorsement of the teacher’s union. The theme, as always, will be that Spitzer is too close to the big institutional players in Albany to change the place once he gets there.

Putting aside (as we in the media all too often do) the substance of the attacks, a new process question:

When — if ever — should Spitzer start responding?

– Josh Benson