Around the town
The Daily News’ gossip page continues to hammer away at what it calls “the rapidly imploding down-market New York Post” over yesterday’s Post front page alleging that Eliot Spitzer sucked his topless girlfiriend’s toes in a hot tub at a Jamaican resort.
The Year Observed
The war between the city’s tabloids warmed up last night when Confidential, the Daily News‘s gossip page, posted an item refuting “new stories making the rounds” that ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his political operative girlfriend got frisky in a public hot tub on their recent trip to Jamaica.
Later in the night, the Post posted today’s front-page story alleging that Mr. Spitzer sucked on the toes of a topless Lis Smith in front of children at the resort where they stayed over the weekend.
We sexted, we filibustered, we shot selfies at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. We made bad websites. We were led astray by cronuts and tempted by imaginary girlfriends, and we shamed our dogs on Facebook. Let he among us who has not twerked pop the first hip bump! We hurled epithets at photographers, stunk up the basketball court and humiliated our spouses. Atonement in January’s harsh glare is nigh, but first, a salute to some of the year’s more colorful newsmakers. Read More
Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, who stood by him after his prostitution scandal, are finally getting a divorce.
“We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject,” Mr. Spitzer and Silda Wall Spitzer said in a joint statement this evening.
Scott Stringer, the city’s next comptroller, slayed one scandal-scarred pol on his road to victory. Now he’s bringing on board the ex-staffer of another randy Democrat.
Camille Joseph, who served as the second campaign manager of former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s failed mayoral bid, will join the comptroller’s office as deputy comptroller for public affairs. Ms. Joseph will be tasked with handling all communications and outreach while also serving as a liaison to various governmental agencies.
correcting the record
Roger Stone, the sharp-dressed, right-wing political operative who is no fan of any Democrat, has it in for Lyndon Johnson. Mr. Stone says the architect of the War on Poverty and the Great Society is better remembered as the Great Conspirator and accuses him of responsibility for nine murders, including the greatest crime of the 20th century, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read More
Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer insists he’s not diving back into the political arena just yet, contrary to a New York Post report earlier this evening.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
It was a rough night for redemption-seekers.
Four scandal-scarred candidates–Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner–all failed to win their bids last night, despite, in some of their cases, vaster war chests and soaring name recognition.
All four candidates succumbed to an onslaught of toxic press and apparent voter fatigue over the circus-like atmosphere of the election after Mr. Weiner and Mr. Spitzer jumped into the fray.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
After what may have been the nastiest–and most high-profile–race for comptroller in New York City history, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer eked out a four-point win tonight over his better-known rival, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Mr. Stringer and his wife took the stage at the campaign’s victory party to great applause, cheers and even the throwing of a hat.
Thanking family, friends and his campaign staff, the victorious candidate energized the crowed and made a “promise to bring integrity, experience and leadership” to the office–a less-than-subtle final dig at Mr. Spritzer, who was forced to resign five years ago in the wake of a prostitution scandal.
He gave Scott Stringer reason to sweat it out, but Eliot Spitzer will not be New York City’s next comptroller.
The former governor, who had attempted to revive his political career with a run for a little-known office, conceded tonight in a hastily-delivered speech in Harlem.
“I’ve called Scott Stringer and congratulated him on a victory tonight, and wish him well as we go forward in his position as comptroller, I presume, and expect him to win this November,” he said in a speech that lasted less than four minutes from start to finish–including a pause in the middle for cheers and chants of “Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer!”