Eliot Spitzer is releasing the first ad of his attempted political comeback, and it doesn't mention the scandal that forced him from office. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report on a story you heard first on NY1.
The ad is called "Corridors of Power."
Corridors, the ad emphasizes, that Eliot Spitzer patrolled as state attorney general, not controlled in Albany.
The ad shows headlines from the New York Times and USA Today, plus a recent column in the Daily News written by NY1's Errol Louis.
The spot trumpets Spitzer's defense of the little guy and predicts that those he fought as attorney general will again try to block him from his quest to become city comptroller.
His 14 months in Albany are largely ignored, save for what could be Spitzer's aborted attempt to give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.
There's also no mea culpas. That contrasts with the first spot from another disgraced politician, Anthony Weiner, who is now running for mayor.
Spitzer's advertising adviser said that enough people are seeing all the apologies Spitzer is making during his numerous TV interviews.
Rival Scott Stringer has only aired a web advertisement, knocking Spitzer's limited financial disclosures.
On Friday, Stringer dispatched Latino elected officials to amp up the criticism, touching on an otherwise taboo topic for the Stringer campaign.
"Eliot Spitzer was patronizing an industry that denigrates women," said City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose district covers sections of Manhattan and the Bronx.
"I cannot accept as a woman that women go out there and vote for a man who led the fight with one face against Johns, and yet, he patronized the industry for prostitution," said City Councilwoman Diana Reyna, whose district covers sections of Brooklyn and Queens. "This is wrong."
Earlier this month, Stringer said it would be wrong for him to campaign on prostitution.
"Look, I have two kids. There are some places I can't personally go," he said on July 12.
A Stringer spokeswoman declined to comment.
As for the Spitzer ad, the 30-second spot will air on cable and broadcast stations. A Spitzer spokesperson said that the initial purchase of nearly $500,000 in air time could grow.