For a second straight day, Democratic candidate for City Comptroller Scott Stringer spent part of his day in Harlem, trying to make a dent in polls that show his opponent, former Governor Eliot Spitzer, with a strong lead in the African-American community. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Scott Stringer was on Staten Island Tuesday morning, before heading back to his home borough of Manhattan for an afternoon news conference in Harlem. The subject was slow internet speeds in public schools.
While the event was taking place in his official capacity as Manhattan borough president, it was also an opportunity to highlight his support in the comptroller's race from another prominent Harlem official.
On Monday, it was former Governor David Paterson. On Tuesday, it was Rep. Charles Rangel, who was asked about the strong poll numbers for Eliot Spitzer in the African-American community.
"It just confounds intelligence that something like this could happen. I have no idea how it could happen," Rangel said. "I do recognize the power of money and television."
Stringer also answered more questions about a previous accusation he made against Spitzer that the former governor laundered money to pay for prostitutes. It was an accusation Stringer seemed to back away from Monday.
"Here's the facts as I know it," Stringer said. "This is a guy who engaged in human trafficking. He wired money to a shell corporation that was eventually, people there were convicted of money laundering."
Spitzer has dismissed accusations of money laundering as patently false. At a campaign stop in Brooklyn, the former governor was asked about the polls that show a wide lead over Stringer, particularly among black voters.
"Voters, and I don't differentiate on gender, race, whatever else, but voters tend to be supportive of those who have made errors and are willing to fight hard to come back, and acknowledge what they've done right and wrong," Spitzer said.
Spitzer also released a new campaign ad, this time highlighting his record as governor when it came to funding public schools.
Spitzer continues to get a celebrity-like reception at campaign stops, while many voters are still getting to know Stringer for the first time.