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Comptroller Candidates Continue Slams In Fight For Democratic Nomination

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With polls showing a neck-and-neck race for city comptroller, candidates Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer spent their final full day before the primary jousting to become the Democratic nominee for the city's top fiscal officer. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

City comptroller candidates Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer spent Monday smiling for voters and slamming at each other.

Spitzer lumps Stringer with a so-called establishment.

"Those are the same people who are supporting my opponent. He was the one who testified in favor of a third term. Those are the folks who do polls. Those are the folks who are gutless, spineless, devoid of the backbone that our politicians should be demonstrating," Spitzer said.

"Eliot Spitzer has spent $10 million to buy this race. And for him to attack my supporters, the National Organization for Women, National Abortion Rights Action League, it's the same way that he approached his governorship, and we all know how that ended," Stringer said.

Their contest was only nine weeks long, Spitzer returning to politics after famously leaving office in disgrace.

Since 2008, he's hosted television shows, taught and worked in his family business.

Stringer, meanwhile, had been running for mayor, well behind in polls before turning to the city comptroller bid.

Before Spitzer joined in, Stringer was running for the position unopposed.

The competitive primary focused attention on the office of comptroller, which serves as a watchdog over city finances and manager of its multi-billion dollar pension system.

There are differences on issues.

Stringer thinks locally, such as making sure that federal Hurricane Sandy money is spent properly.

He points to his time in the State Assembly, where he collaborated sometimes and confronted others.

Spitzer envisions using the pension fund to change companies, using JP Morgan Chase as one example.

He also points to his legal fights as Attorney General.

On Monday, each of the candidates had one last chance to make their case.

"Mine is an independent voice. My opponent is very much a voice of the establishment. The establishment that banded together to protect itself, in giving itself a third term," Spitzer said.

"I'm not going to embarrass this city. I'm going to do this job with great integrity, I'm going to be a steady head, someone that voters can count on to watch out for their interests," Stringer said.

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