Comparing Bank Accounts and Resumes

The attorney general race seems to be growing more comparative every day.

Andrew Cuomo reported over the weekend that he had raised more than $500,000 over the 30-day filing period that ended Friday, and that he now has $6 million on hand. And in case it was lost on anyone, the accompanying release noted prominently that the sum was “five time the size of the Green account.”

Mark Green, who seems to be more concerned about his front-running opponent than his campaign war chest, will attempt to focus the public’s attention on Cuomo’s HUD record at a press conference in his Graybar Building headquarters. He’ll also be releasing his third commercial.

And Newsday’s Spin Cycle blog has attempted to capture the spirit of the whole thing by asking which of the following represents the “most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player.”

1. Mark Green, attorney general candidate, launching a “comparison campaign” with rival Andrew Cuomo.

2. Cuomo touting his record as U.S. Housing secretary despite instances of fraud and mismanagement in his agency’s 203(k) Home Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program.

3. Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, having his office issue a press release headlined: “BP MARKOWITZ HAILS BROOKLYN DEBUT OF WORLD’S SMELLIEST FLOWER.”

– Josh Benson