Brian Ellner has been named the executive vice president and group head of public affairs for Edelman, the public relations firm. Mr. Ellner, who is known for his role in marriage equality, was the senior strategist for the Human Rights Campaign in 2011 and worked on the successful push to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.
New York’s pretty political publicists are having a moment, as women who have previously been relegated to mouthpieces are now being toted as veritable lifestyle brands. The most obvious example is Audrey Gelman, Scott Stringer’s press secretary, who also happens to be Terry Richardson’s girlfriend, Lena Dunham’s bestie and the subject of a recent New York Times Sunday Styles profile. Also consider Lis Smith, the former director of the President Rapid Response team whose social media prowess and savagely snarky reputation in D.C. earned her a prime spot on Eliot Spitzer’s campaign.
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.
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!”
Out of Comptrol
In the clearest sign yet that the race to become the next city’s comptroller is neck-and-neck, the two candidate launched attack ads tearing into each other today.
They were tough.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer took direct aim at the prostitution scandal that felled ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political career five years ago.
If there were any remaining questions on the subject, they have been answered: Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer are certainly not buddies anymore.
The two comptroller candidates squared off for the last time this morning, trading blow after blow at a Midtown forum hosted by the Council of Urban Professionals. Mr. Stringer was especially aggressive, pummeling the former governor again and again for resigning in the wake of a prostitution scandal five years ago. Mr. Spitzer, meanwhile, tried to brush off the attacks, while offering hits of his own.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer showed that he was ready for citywide office just a few weeks ago, when he announced his support for Mayor Bloomberg’s rezoning plan for Midtown East. With a Democratic primary looming, it would have been easier for Mr. Stringer to pander to the ideologues and critics; instead, he stood up for visionary change. That’s good.
Mr. Stringer is a capable public servant whose low-key persona and wonkish proclivities make him well-suited for the job of overseeing the city’s books. But there’s another, more-urgent reason to support Mr. Stringer’s candidacy. His opponent is Eliot Spitzer.
A day after two polls came out showing ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s once-commanding lead in the comptroller’s race had vanished, another new poll tells quite a different story.
A New York Times poll released today found that Mr. Spitzer is still leading his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 50 to 35 percent among likely voters–a far cry from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll, showing them tied, and another, from amNewYork and News 12 Long Island, showing them locked in a dead heat less than two weeks before the September 10 Democratic primary.
Scott Stringer can’t claim to be completely surprised by the dramatic boost in his poll numbers over the past two weeks.
In fact, the Manhattan borough president and city comptroller candidate predicted as much–although not quite the 19-point jump displayed today–in a Wednesday interview at The New York Observer‘s Midtown office.
“Our numbers are much different than the Q poll,” he said. “We’re in a very tight race.”
As Seen on TV
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.