Eliot Spitzer Campaign Accuses Opponent in NYC Comptroller Race of 'Dirty Tricks'

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 11:31 PM

By Cathy Burke

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An unidentified campaign mailer in the heated race for New York City comptroller between Scott Stringer and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer portrayed the shamed Democratic executive in a jail cell.

Capital New York reported it had received the mailer showing a smiling Spitzer behind prison bars.

The mailer states, "Anyone else who committed Eliot Spitzer's crimes would go to jail. He secretly wired money to criminal enterprises and solicited prostitutes" but "faced no legal consequences for his behavior."

The mailer also stated, "Spitzer just doesn't have the integrity and judgement we need in a comptroller."

Stringer has made references to values and trust in his TV ads, while also repeatedly accusing Spitzer of committing offenses that would have sent others to jail, Capital reported.

He didn't always feel that way.

On July 10, Stringer told a radio interviewer: "I don't want to talk about people's personal issues, because that's not what voters want to talk about," according to Capital.

While the mailer does not include any identifying information as coming from the Stringer campaign, Capital reported that its copy was stamped: "STRING-2013-1002."

City election law requires independent groups — but not campaigns — to identify themselves on mailers they pay for.

In a statement, Spitzer campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith called the mailer "dirty tricks." and added "It’s sad that Scott Stringer’s not man enough to put his own name on these false attacks."

Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman countered that Spitzer's response was "outrageous and offensive."

"Nobody in this city needs a lesson in manhood from Eliot Spitzer," she said. "This is a desperate attempt by the Spitzer campaign to distract from the fact that Eliot Spitzer violated the very laws he strengthened as governor."

Spitzer’s early double-digit lead in the race has vanished, and he's now in a statistical tie with Stringer, Politico reported Thursday.

In an amNewYork-News 12 poll, Spitzer showed support from 46 percent of Democrats for the Sept. 10 primary, while Stringer is closing in with 43 percent, the publication noted.

A new Quinnipiac poll, also released Thursday, shows the two candidates deadlocked with 46 percent each, Politico reported.

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