Governor David Paterson has endorsed Scott Stringer in the race for city comptroller, but that wasn't the candidate he was sitting down with on Friday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Call it a reunion over steak and then microphones. But this time, it had particular significance.
Eliot Spitzer sat down with former Governor David Paterson on Friday, talking shop on his radio show.
Being side by side was familiar territory for the running mates.
"Why would I turn my back on a friend like Eliot Spitzer?" Paterson said. "I have never really felt an apology was necessary when he left office, until three weeks later, when I saw the budget forecast."
Earlier this week, Paterson campaigned with Spitzer's rival. He has endorsed Scott Stringer in the comptroller's race, but that support seems lukewarm.
"When I endorsed Scott, Governor Spitzer wasn't running," Paterson said Monday. "So he totally understands that there was no choice to be made between those two candidates. They're both "
Paterson said about Spitzer on Friday that he has "support for him as a friend, and it's just like in any competition, good luck to him after September 10."
Stringer said he isn't worried about the reunion.
"David Paterson made it very clear that he's supporting me for comptroller, but he's certainly not going to criticize somebody he's worked with for a very long time, and I would not expect him to," he said.
Stringer trails in the polls, and some voters in Brooklyn Friday morning had never heard of him. But that's not to say he wasn't winning them over. One person who met him said they decided to vote for him.
"Yes, I just get the vibe," the person said.
Another Stringer supporter, former City Councilwoman Una Clarke, was asked to explain the difference between the former governor and the borough president.
"I am not comparing who would make a better comptroller," Clarke said. "I believe in Scott Stringer, and I know that he has the ability, the competence, and is a person that will make sure that he brings everybody to the table."