Eliot Spitzer, Scott Stringer Duke It Out in Comptroller Campaign Debate

Man, the race for comptroller is becoming pretty darn entertaining. Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer faced off earlier today in a debate that was chock full of amusing confrontations. Meanwhile, our inbox was flooded with 10 e-mails from Spitzer staffers in full attack mode.

Stringer still has to be pissed about Spitzer, a former state attorney general and governor, big-footing his almost certain victory by entering the race. Stringer repeatedly referred to the prostitution scandal that forced Spitzer to resign, and even accused him of committing a crime. He also characterized Spitzer as an elitist and called him a "colossal failure" as governor.

"Anyone who did what Eliot did would be in jail right now," Stringer said, according to the Daily News. "You engaged in money laundering."

"I've made mistakes, but I've made a difference," Spitzer replied.

Spitzer, meanwhile, called Stringer a do-nothing machine politician. "Where were you? I was there, I was doing it, not being a cheerleader, being a sheriff," he said.

Amusingly, the Spitzer campaign sent out a list of Scott Stringer's accomplishments, including declaring a "Justin Bieber Day" in Manhattan, issuing 150 proclamation in a year, running a "largely ceremonial" office, and spending millions in city money on, among other things, fancy SUVs, drivers, and self-promotional brochures.


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vivavoce
vivavoce

I succeeded Scott Stringer in 1990 as the Executive Director of the New York State Council of Senior Citizens. He was fired after three months – the completion of his probationary period. He left the office in a shambles with his business partner's attache case and dirty white shirts on the floor. None of the filing was done; I was told by a volunteer that Scott and his partner spent their time planning a new business venture. As I worked through the mess Scott left I had the eye-opening experience of discovering someone who didn't care about what he was hired to do. But worst of all, he neglected to pay the organization's taxes which I discovered in going through the financials. I had to get a CPA to audit the books after which we we had to pay the back taxes and a fine which a small nonprofit organization could ill afford. After he left the NYSCSC Scott and his business partner opened a restaurant-bar on the Upper West Side which was another flop. Around 1992 Scott went into politics as a player not a staffer. He has been a lackluster politician. Now he wants to be Comptroller?

codered
codered

Christine Quinn was the one who stood up for the tenants at the Chelsea Hotel, who stood up for the neighbors on Jane at the Jane Hotel, who stood up and said we don't believe in violence or gay bashing, who stood up and said we need to bring food from the garden to the table and let New Yorker's supply our schools with clean food living by example, who stood up when the Speyer tried to illegal deregulate one of the biggest real estate deals in the city.

Mr. Stringer let all these deals get past his Community Boards which in many instances failed to comply with code and were totally illegal putting the residents in the West Village, Chelsea, the Meatpacking, Soho, the Lower East Side and Tribeca at risk when he was in a position to shut down these operators who supply the hookers and launder the money who are now supporting him when all of the Community Boards report to him?

If he couldn't handle the dirty birds in the trenches how could he possibly manage this much money? Instead Stringer sat back while all the residents were forced to lawyer up to correct all the nonsense that gets past the Community Boards laying these troubles on the residents doorsteps.

Now he wants to address money laundering and prostitution over the nightclubs he got in bed with for all these years who are raising money for him? This is one for the history books.  

codered
codered

Mr. Stringer's money comes from the players who supply the hookers and launder the money in their nightclubs via real estate holdings via illegal businesses according the ADA in the Anna Gristina Madam scandal.

It is outrageous Scott Stringer would think so little of Elliot Sptizer's wife or children when he is in no position to throw stones. Has anyone seen Spitzer with another hooker? Instead the players who supply the hookers and launder the money are throwing Stringers fundraisers?

codered
codered

Maybe Mr. Stringer needs a new publicist.

codered
codered

What were Scott Stringers accomplishments? He is raising money with one of the players whose lawyer's records were seized by the Corruption Unit in the Anna Gristina Madam Millionaire Madam scandal. Are you serious? Stringer went to the nightclub operators with links to money laundering and prostitution to raise money to match Elliot Spitzer's funds. Was it somehow Scott Stringer's position Elliot Sptizer's father made his money illegally?

Anna Gristina was the madam to nightclub operators, the nightclub operators who are raising funds for Scott Stringer. Bravo! The same operator who supplied girls to Tiger Woods as I recall. 

theneighbors
theneighbors

Darling don't get your panties in a bunch. I am merely pointing out Scott Stringer played it safe instead of protecting its residents when these clowns found it befitting to go after their neighbors as Borough President. We caught Abramcyk lying to a judge over an illegal bar which is obstructing our secondary egress for our 8 bedroom home over a 199 square foot illegal bar. Stinger is harmless. However, he chose to be totally ineffective. The notion you would stoop so low playing the hooker card is weakness with no thought you just embarrassed his wife. If you want to run with the A listers in your little blackbook I suggest you stop and think about how many woman you just offended by embarrassing Spitzer's wife. Andre is the founder of Beatrice Inn. Paul an Andre could not get rid of Abramcyk. There's just nothing cool about lying or going after your neighbors or embarrassing someone's wife and children.

theneighbors
theneighbors

This is hilarious! Scott Stringer is apparently so desperate he sought the support from Matt Abramcyk from Beatrice Inn, Scarlette Johannson's twin brother Hunter worked tirelessly to shut down! What a laugh. But this sure explains the troubles with The Jane Hotel, the. Chelsea Hotel, the Maritime Hotel and Smith & Mills troubles with the Greenwich Hotel after all the neighbors were forced to lawyer up over all the headaches since they apparrently put the Borough President who controls the police and fire who are meant to shut down alll these operators in their back pockets

Elliot Spitzter just won our vote. This story sure explains everything!

goblue12
goblue12

@theneighbors Interesting. This story seems to explain nothing except the actual corruption of Spitzer as accurately described by Stringer.  The actual accomplishments of Scott Stringer, as known by folks who follow NYC govt, are many and significant, and it's surprising that the article didn't want to suggest that.  Even more bizarre the writer thinks Stringer's opponent has "almost certain victory".  I guess we'll see. 

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