Skip to comments.Confirmed: New York City election to be even bigger joke than first thought
Posted on 07/08/2013 7:11:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Move over, Anthony Weiner! The New York City ballot this fall will have to make room for not just one disgraced ex-pol running for redemption on the taxpayers’ dime. Joining the King of the Selfies on the ballot will be former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was forced to resign after his patronage of high-priced prostitutes became public knowledge. Spitzer wants taxpayers in the Big Apple to trust him with their money:
That Spitzer is running for office again isnt terribly surprising. He clearly regretted his decision to resign as Empire State governor in March 2008 amid revelations that he had taken part in a high-priced prostitution ring. And as soon as 2009, Spitzer made clear he wanted to return to politics.
Political creatures and Spitzer is one through and through find a way back into politics. The question for Spitzer, as it was for fellow disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, was when not if he would run again. And now Spitzer and Weiner, who is running for mayor, will appear on the same primary ballot this fall. (Before you make too many Spitzer = Weiner observations, read this piece by Ben Smith on how the two men are nothing alike.)
The real question as it relates to Spitzer is whether he can win. The answer, according to interviews with a handful of New York City political consultant types, is quite clearly yes.
He wants back into public life and this is the first real opportunity, explained Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political consultant based in New York. He can win because he has a name, dough, and looks like the expert in a financial position.
Before Spitzer can compete, though, he’s going to have to get better at picking a slogan (via Twitchy, emphasis mine):
With Mr. Spitzers name recognition and three million Democrats in the city, this should not be a difficult task, but he plans to flood the streets and supermarkets with some 100 signature gatherers starting on Monday.
I am going to be on the street corners, he said. We will be out across the city.
Say, wasn’t that what got Spitzer in trouble the first time?
And as if the election hadn’t turned into a big enough joke, Spitzer’s going to face a tough competitor:
In a twist of irony, Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam who admits she supplied Spitzer with escorts, is running as the libertarian candidate for the office Spitzer announced Sunday night hes running for.
Kristin Davis vs Eliot Spitzer for NYC comptroller! Roger Stone, her political consultant, tweeted Sunday night in celebration of Spitzers announcement.
With Stones help, Davis convicted in 2008 of promoting prostitution sent to prison for four months has enjoyed publicly taunting Spitzer. She ran for governor of New York in 2010, for example, and previously threatened to run against Spitzer in 2009 if he ran for state comptroller.
Davis announced this spring that shed run for the citys comptroller position. According to her website, she is running on a platform of legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana in the city. We sell regulate and tax tobacco and alcohol, both more damaging to public health than pot.
If it’s possible to take any of this seriously, here’s a question for New York City voters. Do you see elections as a way to make rational choices about public-sector leadership, or a platform for self-centered politicians to demand absolution for their past transgressions? If it’s the latter, then this ballot is perfectly crafted for the occasion. If it’s the former, voters in the city should make it clear that public service is about the public and not the bruised egos of those who broke trust when voters offered it to them earlier.
Love client number nine.
LOL what do you have to do to become unelectable in NY?
Perv vs. Perv
It’s the Age of Clinton.
Unfortunately, the more that these characters like Spitzer do these things and get away with them, the more it becomes the norm. And these behaviors in no way deter the “dependent” crowd from voting for these cretins. All they know is that the government has things to give away and they want some, therefore they vote these people in, again and again. Sad state of affairs that this once just and moral Republic finds itself in.
All we need now is for Alec Baldwin to run for office, and the buffoonization of New York City will be complete.
Well, Weiner Spitzer might be slightly flawed but at least you
can’t call him, er I mean them........Republican!
Mr. Spitzer is going to reduce the hourly rate of prostitutes by 20%. And there will be rebates for really too-big-to-fail businesses and the federal government.
Another example of decadence on display in modern day America. So many Americans have succumbed to the allure of the low life, that certified deviant politicians have no fears of being summarily rejected. Wiener and Spitzer are not only arrogant but feel absolutely entitled to direct the rest of us how to live.
Be a conservative?
Be a white, conservative Christian who owns a gun.
All OTHER corruption and incompetence stories are a footnote to the one in the WH!
That place has the before picture feel of a trailer park with tornado warning sirens in full scream.
The word "Smite" comes to mind.
Be a conservative. You’ll have no chance.
RE: The word “Smite” comes to mind.
The two leading candidates for Mayor of NYC are: Anthony Weiner and the Lesbian with the orange revlon hair who “married” her partner — Christine Quinn.