Alan Hevesi’s campaign is going on the offense, sort of.
They released statements from current city comptroller, Bill Thompson — who seems to have been the chief object of speculation about who might replace Hevesi — and former state comptroller, Carl McCall saying that they intended to vote for him against Christopher Callaghan.
But as Charles Schumer demonstrated yesterday, there’s a difference between voting for someone, and endorsing them.
The E-word is nowhere in the statements from Thompson and McCall [after the jump].
More unequivocal in their support of Hevesi is the United Federation of Teachers, which is working hard to keeping him in office.
“We never disappeared from him,” UFT director of legislation and political action, Marvin Reiskin, told me last night. Reiskin said the union is sending out mailings to their members reminding them to vote for Hevesi and the UFT is talking to other unions about how to help Hevesi’s re-election.
Update: The Bronx Democratic Chairman Jose Rivera just put out a statement saying he is sticking with Hevesi. “He is a gentleman, a great public servant, a wonderful father, and yes, a good, caring husband.”
— Azi Paybarah
I’ve been Comptroller; I know what the job takes. Chris Callaghan does not have what it takes. I know Comptroller Hevesi can do the job because he has already done the job. And his opponent, Chris Callaghan, is not qualified. There’s simply no choice. I’m voting for Alan Hevesi.
H. Carl McCall, former New York State Comptroller
As City Comptroller, I understand the importance of the office of State Comptroller. Chris Callaghan is simply not up to the job. He’s not qualified to manage New York’s $140 billion pension fund. Comptroller Hevesi’s record as both New York City Comptroller and State Comptroller is something to be proud of. I am voting for Alan
William C. Thomson, Jr., New York City Comptroller