Election Day: 2013apalooza
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!”
Eliot Spitzer took his comptroller campaign to Downtown Brooklyn today and found an overwhelmingly positive reception as voters shuffled out of Brooklyn Borough Hall’s subway station on their way to work.
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!” Veronica Horsfore, 62, exclaimed in a thick Grenadian accent as she stood next to Mr. Spitzer. “We are all sinners and this is the time to give this man a chance … God bless you. God bless you.”
Mr. Spitzer, slightly baffled, could only offer his thanks.
He was an ineffective U.S. senator who went on to become a do-little governor of New Jersey. After a richly deserved defeat in his re-election campaign, Jon Corzine returned to the private sector and managed to preside over the collapse of the now-notorious brokerage firm MF Global.
Now comes word that the feds are preparing Read More
UNDER THE KNIFE
From scrunchie-gate to bang-mageddon, American political figures have often had to contend with intense media scrutiny when it comes to their physical appearances. And while the country’s female politicians usually take the brunt of the criticism, none has had it worse than poor Chris Christie.
The husky, spider-killing New Jersey Governor has been followed since Read More
We’re officially in a state of emergency.
After signing emergency declarations for Maryland and Massachusetts, President Barack Obama did the same for New York this evening, effective across all 62 counties in the Empire State. The move, which allows federal aid to assist in response and recovery efforts, comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon.
Of the 99 donors listed on David Paterson’s birthday fund-raising committee, 57 did not contribute toward the governor’s re-election this reporting cycle, eight contributed to both Paterson and his rival-in-waiting Andrew Cuomo, and nine gave only to Cuomo, a review of recent campaign filings shows. “There’s no bias. Everybody gets equal attention; I support all Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson said that if the courts don’t uphold the constitutionality of his appointment of Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor, he’ll introduce a bill making it legal. State Senator Joe Griffo, a Utica Republican, had this message for the governor:
“He should get behind my bill!” Griffo told me by phone yesterday. He has Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson’s lawyers are indeed appealing a decision issued Tuesday night by William LaMarca which enjoined Richard Ravitch from acting as lieutenant governor.
The 10-page memorandum the governor’s lawyers filed in support of the appeal is above. This line of logic, which echoes what Paterson told me Sunday, jumped out:
“Moreover, although the stalemate Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson announced he has vetoed 14 bills, claiming savings to the state of $5.7 million.
Earlier this year, angry at legislators for not introducing his legislation to enact a spending cap, Paterson threatened to veto bills that spent money. Here’s a list from the governor’s office of his latest victims:
A.1800/S.2210, which could Read More
ALBANY—Buried in his 20-page decision enjoining Richard Ravitch from acting as lieutenant governor, Supreme Court Justice William LaMarca addressed an argument by David Paterson’s attorneys that only Andrew Cuomo, as attorney general, had standing to sue over the governor’s appointment of Ravitch. In LaMarca’s view, at least one avenue to Cuomo’s involvement is closed.
Executive Read More