Morning Read: ‘He Has Some Powerful Enemies in This Town’

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Headline of the Day: “Ho Yes, Client No. 9 Is Back: Eliot Spitzer To Run For NYC Comptroller.”

Rival Contender: “Spitzer hits back at New York Post.”

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer said that his decision to enter the comptroller’s race wasn’t based off of a formal survey. “I have not done one stitch of polling,” he told The New York Times last night. “I have none other than the experience and data of walking down the street. I used to say to the folks that did polling for me, ‘I live in a focus group.’”

“I wish Eliot the best. That’s where I would leave it,” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, Mr. Spitzer’s former television co-host, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. “He can be beguiling and extremely charming. … But as he’s described himself, he can also be a steamroller. He has some powerful enemies in this town.”

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith‘s take on Mr. Spitzer: “There is more demand than supply right now in the Democratic Party for the sort of outsider, frankly anti-corporate politics embodied by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — that that turned her into an instant star and one of the party’s top fundraisers. And Eliot Spitzer would be one hell of an activist shareholder.”

And BuzzFeed reports on former Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s latest: “On the night of Tuesday, May 7, around 9 p.m., not long after polls closed in the South Carolina special election and Mark Sanford, the disgraced former governor, became the state’s new man in Congress, the phone rang 700 miles away in Sylvan Klein’s home on Beach 139th Street.”

In less-scandalous news, the Wall Street Journal profiled Comptroller John Liu‘s grueling campaign pace: “While his opponents usually participate in two or three public events each day, he sometimes has more than 10 and rarely fewer than four.” NY1 further followed Mr. Liu for this weekend’s swing through barber shops in southeastern Queens.

The Organization of Staff Analysts endorsed Brooklyn Council candidate Ola Alabi‘s bid. “Olanike Alabi has an excellent background as a true daughter of New York City,” the union’s president said in a statement. “Born and raised among us, she succeeded in becoming well educated and has accomplished a great deal on behalf of others.”

And watch Mr. Weiner schmooze on the Rockaways, courtesy of NY True:

Morning Read: ‘He Has Some Powerful Enemies in This Town’