Another Assembly member vents about Eliot Spitzer and the independent comptroller screening panel that recommended zero legislators for the job:
“If given the opportunity, I intend to vote for a member of the assembly member for comptroller,” Bronx Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz just told me.
Four Assembly members and a state Senator were among the 17 candidates seeking the job. “To exclude them simply because they’re members of the legislature is absurd,” Dinowitz said. “In many ways, it makes you more qualified. You have to be able to deal with political issues.”
To dismiss such considerations, he said, is “garbage.”
He continued: “To suggest that they’re not qualified, it’s discrimination. I believe very strongly these particular people, the four assembly members and one senator, are just as qualified.
“Why in the world wouldn’t I vote for one of them?”
— Azi Paybarah