Eliot Spitzer Courts Women With Latest Ad

Eliot Spitzer's latest ad.

Eliot Spitzer’s latest ad.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who has suddenly found himself locked in a neck-and-neck battle in the city comptroller’s race, is pushing back against rival Scott Stringer when it comes to women.

Less than two hours after the release of the latest polls showing his once-commanding lead had vanished, Mr Spitzer unveiled a new 30-second spot meant to highlight his “long record of standing up for women’s health and economic security,” according to the campaign.

The ad opens with a close-up of a woman’s pregnant belly, and goes on to state that Mr. Spitzer “fought valiantly for paid leave so we might stay home for our newborns and any sick family members” and “did more to protect women’s health and our choose than almost any other elected official anywhere.”

The ad comes the same day that Mr. Stringer released an open letter signed by more than 180 women, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and actress Scarlett Johansson, touting his bid.

Here’s the full ad, which will hit the airwaves tomorrow: