Everybody Loves Eliot

Spitzer got up early today.

He was jogging out of Central Park and onto Madison Avenue at six in the morning when he ran into some journalists. He joked to a CBS reporter that the closer he came to being governor, the more people told him what to do.

He showed up at the school on 81st and Madison at 7:00 to shake hands and vote with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Then he attended to some last-minute campaigning.

At a subway station on 72nd and Broadway, Spitzer joined Andrew Cuomo around 8:00 to pass out palm cards and shake hands. Soon after, more local politicians, like City Councilwoman Gail Brewer and Assembly candidate Linda Rosenthal, showed up and slipped into line behind the two men.There were so many photographers opposite the candidates, eventually including Congressman Jerry Nadler, that reporters and candidates formed a narrow sidewalk gauntlet which most of the morning commuters opted to avoid on their way to the station.

Most of the people who did walk the line went right for Spitzer, who wore a dark suit and a pilling red-striped tie.

“I’m a taxi driver and I’m going to cast my vote for you,” said one man.

“We are all with you brother,” said another.

One woman, Erin Oates, a 48-year-old who works in communications for a medial research center, told Mr. Sptizer that she voted for him despite being a Republican.

“He takes action — he’s not a talker like the others, and I’m tired of politicians who just talk,” said Oates. “I’m sure he is ambitious and wants to be president, but he’s doing s a great job in the meantime. So why vote for the Republican?”

–Jason Horowitz

Everybody Loves Eliot