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Former Comptrollers Endorse Scott Stringer's Campaign

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer received the endorsement of former state and city comptrollers in the current race for city comptroller, but it's his opponent, Eliot Spitzer, who keeps nabbing the spotlight. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

Former Governor Eliot Spitzer was in Chinatown Tuesday morning to speak to voters about his vision for the office of city comptroller, where he was met by a mob of media.

"These are the types of issues the comptroller can audit," Spitzer said. "Who is paying the taxes? Are those burdens fair?"

Just a few blocks away, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer received the endorsement of three former comptrollers: Carl McCall, who was New York State comptroller, along with Harrison Goldin and Elizabeth Holtzman, both of whom were city comptrollers.

While the former electeds used words like "ethics" and "integrity" to describe the qualities the best candidate for the job should exhibit, they all stopped short of directly criticizing Spitzer's candidacy.

"Ultimately, the voters have to make a decision about whether the person reflects the qualities of judgment, leadership, vision, maturity," Holtzman said.

A coalition of women's groups, business and labor groups opposed to Spitzer are forming political action committees and plan to spend up to $1.5 million on behalf of Stringer. The groups have started a website for the PAC Forward New York, which is soliciting donations.

The Manhattan borough president, though, has been outspoken against outside money in political races.

"I do not believe that outside forces should be involved in a race for comptroller, mayor or anything else," Stringer said. "I find it the height of hypocrisy that my opponent is the only Democrat not to participate in the campaign finance program."

"I said at the very beginning, I will run a campaign that will give the public enough information to make a choice. That's what I hope to do," Spitzer said. "I don't want to spend more than that. I don't want to spend less than that. I was not surprised that the establishment doesn't want me."

One of the PAC's, Progress New York City, representing labor groups, has begun running Spanish language radio ads. The goal is to target Latino swing voters, who they believe could make a difference in Stringer's favor.

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