Monday, July 15, 2013

Spitzer and Weiner staging comebacks in New York

Here's a story from Reuters I included in Overnight News Digest: Hump Day edition that struck my fancy.

Eyeing a comeback, Spitzer takes lead in NYC comptroller's race
By Edith Honan
NEW YORK | Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:08pm EDT
(Reuters) - Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who is attempting a political comeback five years after resigning from office in a prostitution scandal, is leading the race to be New York City's next comptroller, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

Spitzer's reputation as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" was eclipsed in 2008 by the scandal that earned him the tabloid moniker, "Love Guv." He startled the city's political establishment on Sunday when he announced he was launching a campaign.

With two months to go before the September 10 Democratic primary, Spitzer is leading Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 42 to 33 percent, according to the NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.
I was disappointed that Spitzer blew himself up in the scandal five years ago.  He completely disqualified himself from being Attorney General, which would have struck fear into Wall Street at the deepest part of the financial crisis.  Too bad.  I think he would have been a salutory influence.

Spitzer isn't the only one running, as ABC News mentioned Spitzer and Weiner in the same breath just before Spitzer appeared in Eliot Spitzer 'This Week' Interview: 'I've Asked the Voters of This City for Forgiveness'.

The former New York governor on his re-entry into politics.
I'm with Spitzer about the result of the Zimmerman trial, but that topic deserves an entry of its own.  As for the rest of the interview, I think Spitzer handled it well.  The panel had more of a mixed reaction in 'This Week' on Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner - 'The Some of the Man is not the Sum of the Man'.

I'm rooting for both of them to win the Democratic primary.  If nothing else, the two of them deserve to be in office together, just for the connection between the two.

As for the conclusion of the panel discussion, it could have come right out of One reason Washington, D.C., is out of touch.

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