New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the candidacies of scandal-tainted Democrats Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer in two local political races shows "the charm of New York."
"It's part of the charm of New York, you know," Cuomo told Jan Crawford of CBS in an interview aired Monday.
"We tend to have the eccentric, we tend to have the entertaining, and this is a little political theater. I think that's all people think of it.”
Weiner is running for New York City mayor, while Spitzer is running for city comptroller.
Asked if their race was good for the state, Cuomo answered. "Everyone knows New York has great theater also, right? It is great theater."
Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 after consorting with prostitutes. Weiner quit the House in 2011 after sending explicit photographs of himself to several women.
Many New Yorkers apparently are willing to give both men a second chance.
A Quinnipiac University poll
taken July 8-14 shows Weiner leading his Democratic primary opponents with 25 percent support. And it shows Spitzer topping Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48 percent to 33 percent in their primary race.
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