Former Governor Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who are running for City Comptroller, both steered clear of commenting on the Anthony Weiner scandal Wednesday during separate campaign stops. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
With so many candidates seeking citywide office and trying to draw attention to their own races, it has no doubt been frustrating that the exploits of Anthony Weiner continue to dominate the conversation.
Former Governor Eliot Spitzer greeted commuters at the Staten Island Ferry Wednesday morning. He did not want to weigh in on the latest headlines about Weiner.
"Look, I'm running my own campaign and have been since the day I got into this," Spitzer said. "So I have no comment about that other than I'm going to talk to voters about what I have done, what my plans are."
In Brooklyn, Spitzer's opponent Scott Stringer stressed his virtues to seniors.
"I really want to do this job right," Stringer said. "I think I've got a lot of integrity and experience for this office."
He also had little interest in commenting on Weiner.
"Listen, I'm not going to become part of the two-ring circus. That's up to him," Stringer said. "I believe very strongly that voters want to talk about the real issues, issues that middle-class New Yorkers are concerned about. We've got to educate our children. We've got to protect our seniors."
Walking a fine line in his race against the better known Spitzer, Stringer has been reluctant to really go after the former governor for the prostitution scandal that brought him down. Instead, surrogates have done that for him, including Latino elected officials this week and the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women.
In light of the new developments that Weiner sent explicit messages and pictures after resigning from Congress, some wondered whether Spitzer continued to visit prostitutes after stepping down as governor.
"Absolutely not, and we're done answering those questions," Spitzer said.
In a separate development, the Spitzer campaign admitted that it edited a TV commercial that used an Oregon woman's image without permission. The image in question is of a mother and daughter that was originally used in a campaign commercial for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in 2010.
Asked why an Oregon woman was featured in a campaign ad for the New York City Comptroller's race in the first place, a spokesman for the Spitzer campaign said it was stock footage used by the production company.