City Comptroller candidate and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has released a new web ad targeting his opponent Eliot Spitzer's record as governor, saying that Spitzer only caused political gridlock in Albany. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
The campaign ad will run on the web, but not on television, at least not yet. The focus is Eliot Spitzer's turbulent year and two months as governor.
"You know how it ended. Here's how it began," the ad says. "Eliot Spizer promised reform. Instead, he plunged Albany into political gridlock and new lows of dysfunction."
The ad makes no mention of the prostitution scandal that led to Spitzer's downfall, and instead treads back over issues like the Troopergate scandal, where Spitzer was found to have used the state police for political activities.
At a campaign stop Wednesday afternoon, Spitzer stood by that same record.
"He can introduce himself however he wants," Spitzer said. "I'm introducing myself based on the record I have built over the last 15 years, and I think the public knows me for that record."
From the onset of Spitzer's entry into the race, Scott Stringer has resisted publicly attacking the former governor over the salacious details of his sex life, which exploded into the public arena five years ago.
"You can certainly go to those issues, but I have no interest getting caught up in the Eliot personal drama," Stringer said. "I'm here to talk about why I'd be the best comptroller."
Some voters seemed eager to remember Spitzer more for his tenure as a hard-charging attorney general than for his record as governor.
"He was excellent at going after Wall Street and making things better and right," said one person. "So I've decided that he's actually good for the job, and that's what I'm looking at. And he has repented. He's done his bad stuff. It's over and done with."
Stringer also confirmed that former Rep. Floyd Flake has withdrawn his support and is now supporting Spitzer.
"Well, he was with me until he wasn't," Stringer said. "But that's great. I have a lot of respect for him, and that's politics. That's fine."
After saying repeatedly they would not bring up the sex scandal, late Wednesday, the Stringer campaign issued a statement, saying, "The facts around Spitzer's resignation are relevant." You may remember, Spitzer resigned after he was caught in prostitution scandal.