Confirmed: NYC election to be even bigger joke than first thought

posted at 8:41 am on July 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Move over, Anthony Weiner! The New York City ballot this fall will have to make room for not just one disgraced ex-pol running for redemption on the taxpayers’ dime.  Joining the King of the Selfies on the ballot will be former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was forced to resign after his patronage of high-priced prostitutes became public knowledge.  Spitzer wants taxpayers in the Big Apple to trust him with their money:

That Spitzer is running for office again isn’t terribly surprising. He clearly regretted his decision to resign as Empire State governor in March 2008 amid revelations that he had taken part in a high-priced prostitution ring. And as soon as 2009, Spitzer made clear he wanted to return to politics.

Political creatures — and Spitzer is one through and through — find a way back into politics. The question for Spitzer, as it was for fellow disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, was when — not if — he would run again. And now Spitzer and Weiner, who is running for mayor, will appear on the same primary ballot this fall. (Before you make too many “Spitzer = Weiner” observations, read this piece by Ben Smith on how the two men are nothing alike.)

The real question as it relates to Spitzer is whether he can win. The answer, according to interviews with a handful of New York City political consultant types, is quite clearly “yes.”

“He wants back into public life and this is the first real opportunity,” explained Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political consultant based in New York. “He can win because he has a name, dough, and looks like the expert in a financial position.”

Before Spitzer can compete, though, he’s going to have to get better at picking a slogan (via Twitchy, emphasis mine):

With Mr. Spitzer’s name recognition and three million Democrats in the city, this should not be a difficult task, but he plans to flood the streets and supermarkets with some 100 signature gatherers starting on Monday.

I am going to be on the street corners,” he said. “We will be out across the city.”

Say, wasn’t that what got Spitzer in trouble the first time?

And as if the election hadn’t turned into a big enough joke, Spitzer’s going to face a tough competitor:

In a twist of irony, Kristin Davis, the “Manhattan Madam” who admits she supplied Spitzer with escorts, is running as the libertarian candidate for the office Spitzer announced Sunday night he’s running for.

“Kristin Davis vs Eliot Spitzer for NYC comptroller!” Roger Stone, her political consultant, tweeted Sunday night in celebration of Spitzer’s announcement.

With Stone’s help, Davis — convicted in 2008 of promoting prostitution sent to prison for four months — has enjoyed publicly taunting Spitzer. She ran for governor of New York in 2010, for example, and previously threatened to run against Spitzer in 2009 if he ran for state comptroller.

Davis announced this spring that she’d run for the city’s comptroller position. According to her website, she is running on a platform of “legalization, regulation and taxation” of marijuana in the city. “We sell regulate and tax tobacco and alcohol, both more damaging to public health than pot.”

If it’s possible to take any of this seriously, here’s a question for New York City voters.  Do you see elections as a way to make rational choices about public-sector leadership, or a platform for self-centered politicians to demand absolution for their past transgressions?  If it’s the latter, then this ballot is perfectly crafted for the occasion.  If it’s the former, voters in the city should make it clear that public service is about the public and not the bruised egos of those who broke trust when voters offered it to them earlier.


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The real question as it relates to Spitzer is whether he can win….“He can win because he has a name, dough, and looks like the expert in a financial position.”

In his mind 69 is a financial position..

hillsoftx on July 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM

If it’s possible to take any of this seriously, here’s a question for New York City voters. Do you see elections as a way to make rational choices about public-sector leadership, or a platform for self-centered politicians to demand absolution for their past transgressions?

Ed, I live in NYC. The idea of Weiner as Mayor, and Spitzer as City Controller, is pathetic and disgraceful. Sadly, it is all too likely to come to pass.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on July 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Let ‘em run, and let ‘em win, and let it all burn. I’m a New Yorker, and I’m beyond embarrassed for my state. All I can do is pop the popcorn and laugh.

Pope Linus on July 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Somehow I understand why that creature made use of prostitutes.

Jeddite on July 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I thought all stories like this had to mention Mark Sanford?

myrenovations on July 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

“I am going to be on the street corners,” he said. “We will be out across the city.”

Say, wasn’t that what got Spitzer in trouble the first time?

Client #9 v Pimpessa…

OY!

workingclass artist on July 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Spietzer Weiner, something just doesn’t sound right when those two are put together.

hip shot on July 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

These guys can’t do anything else. God, it’s pathetic. Gotta be a politician.

Dongemaharu on July 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

In his mind 69 is a financial position..

hillsoftx on July 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM

A bishop and thread winner, right out of the gate! LOL

If these candidates are trying to make NYC the perv porn capitol of the world, they have one heck of a start.NYC people are either too dumb or too liberal to see how bad are their options. I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave Nanny Bloomie another term, if he could legally run again. Then again, they might do it anyway and the law be hanged.

Far as I’m concerned and like say about California, NYC needs to be locked out from voting in national elections. The worst places in the country are invariably run by liberals. Rather than fix things, they try making the rest of our United States like them. I guess that’s the only way liberals can feel superior: By having more money than other liberal hell-holes.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Did his wife stay with him?

OmahaConservative on July 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

OT: Drudge reporting John Kerry’s wife in critical condition after seizure.

hillsoftx on July 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

So many jokes-so little time.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

In my 61 years I’ve watched as the sickness slowly but inexorable emanated out of New York and LA infecting the rest of the country with their crap, from gas stations requiring you to pay before filling to drug gangs roaming the streets of Portland and Bangor, Maine to the vacuous culture of Madison Avenue and Hollywood extending into the living rooms of Peoria, Illinois corrupting their children’s minds.

It’s not difficult understanding that barrels have bottoms and eventually you reach it.

Cleombrotus on July 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Kristin Davis is the most honorable of the trifecta. Only one I’d vote for.

rbj on July 8, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Now that Eliot Spitzer is planning to run for mayor of NYC, the voters will finally have their choice of perverts to pick from.

evilned on July 8, 2013 at 9:15 AM

OT: Drudge reporting John Kerry’s wife in critical condition after seizure.

hillsoftx on July 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Yeah, we talked about this last night. Prayers ascending…

OmahaConservative on July 8, 2013 at 9:19 AM

The only thing more pathetic than these pols complete lack of self-awareness and shame is that the lemming electorate will likely reward these narcissists with a place on the public teat. Again.

CantCureStupid on July 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Guess that feeble attempt of yours to become the next rock-star type news commentator on CNN just didn’t pan out for you, huh Spitz?

Maybe it has to do with the fact that when it comes to your own personal opinion on just about anything, no one really gives a damn.

pilamaye on July 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

That entire state is a joke.

rplat on July 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Having lived through Spitzer as Attorney General, his reputation is not as a solid litigator but rather a shakedown artist. When he files largely unsupportable but headline grabbing cases he aims for a big $$ settlement without going to trial because he frequently loses at trial. His office was political not a group pursuing justice. As Comptroller, why would we expect anything different?

KW64 on July 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM

That entire state is a joke.

rplat on July 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Joke nothing!

New York State is a living breathing Monty Python skit!

pilamaye on July 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

“He can win because he has a name, dough, and looks like the expert in a financial position.”

Yeah, just like Corzine, the former gov of NJ, who couldn’t remember what happened to a billion dollars. Seriously, are the people in NY this effing stupid?

Kissmygrits on July 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

If it’s possible to take any of this seriously, here’s a question for New York City voters. Do you see elections as a way to make rational choices about public-sector leadership, or a platform for self-centered politicians to demand absolution for their past transgressions?

New Yorkers are, by definination, a vile lot of self-centered and self-absorbed myopic selfish parasites. They don’t give a rodent’s behind about anything west of the Hudson. Spitzer, Weiner, and Davis are perfect candidates for NYC voters.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

If it’s possible to take any of this seriously, here’s a question for New York City voters. Do you see elections as a way to make rational choices about public-sector leadership, or a platform for self-centered politicians to demand absolution for their past transgressions? If it’s the latter, then this ballot is perfectly crafted for the occasion. If it’s the former, voters in the city should make it clear that public service is about the public and not the bruised egos of those who broke trust when voters offered it to them earlier.

Ed, I feel this is too serious of a response to the NYC election. It plays into the Republican scold stereotype. Cruel humor about NYC is what is needed here and what would work. Ann Coulter is hated by the Left because she is effective.

thuja on July 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

That entire state is a joke.

rplat on July 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

You have no idea how true that is. I live in west NY, and the PC mindset around here is maddening! It’s often said it’s less liberal in NY once you get out of the NYC area. But I’ll be hanged if I can see how. People are very nice around here, better than in Jersey where I grew up — don’t get me wrong. But the political correctness would test the patience of Job.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Vote for the Nun of the Above!

Ace ODale on July 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM

“Weinerspitzer”: a breed of dog that keeps humping your leg no matter how many times you hit it with a newspaper.

David Burge @Iowahawkblog

PointnClick on July 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Seriously, are the people in NY this effing stupid?

Kissmygrits on July 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Yes.

Otherwise there would be some outrage that the choices for Comptroller include a guy who literally installed NYC whores in DC’s Mayflower Hotel (right under the noses of ABC’s studio) and the woman who pimped for him. Likewise, if NYC residents were intelligent creatures worthy of our compassion, one of the leading contenders for Mayor be a guy who was sexually excited about sending pictures of his private parts to under-aged girls he had never met. Bottom line, these creatures of zero integrity only mirror the worthless society in which they make their home. Let New Yorkers wallow in their own filth.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

“I am going to be on the street corners…”

Yeah, looking for a “date.”

Akzed on July 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Wormy Big Apple.

BL@KBIRD on July 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

“Weinerspitzer”: a breed of dog that keeps humping your leg no matter how many times you hit it with a newspaper.

David Burge @Iowahawkblog

PointnClick on July 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Chris Christie is a Weinerspitzer?

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

That entire state is a joke.

rplat on July 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Try living here. It’s less a “joke” than a “tragedy”.

JetBoy on July 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Well, we know that the “dead girl” axiom failed with Teddy Kennedy, and I don’t know how much closer we can get to the “live boy” part.
NYC deserves what they are asking for.

questionmark on July 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Try living here. It’s less a “joke” than a “tragedy”.

JetBoy on July 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

How does a smart man like you put up with that place?

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Comptroller #9

BobMbx on July 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Did y’all see Andy Levy’s tweet?

Andy Levy ✔ @andylevy

being a republican RT @AntDeRosa: What do you need to get caught doing to actually become unelectable in New York politics?
8:15 PM – 7 Jul 2013

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I think I can answer that: Say you’re in love with an adherent to the Tea Party.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

You have no idea how true that is. I live in west NY, and the PC mindset around here is maddening! It’s often said it’s less liberal in NY once you get out of the NYC area. But I’ll be hanged if I can see how. People are very nice around here, better than in Jersey where I grew up — don’t get me wrong. But the political correctness would test the patience of Job.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Actually, Bufflao & environs are more socially conservative than New York City. The area went for Carl Paladino over Cuomo and recently elected Paladino to the Buffalo School Board (that has got to be fun to watch).

KW64 on July 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

“He can win because he has a name, dough, and looks like the expert in a financial position.”

He is not the financial expert his image makers would have you believe. He will cripple NYC with business injuring posturing.

KW64 on July 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Confirmed: NYC election to be even bigger joke than first thought

Not just yet….

..Alec Baldwin needs to get in as the Anti Gay candidate.

ToddPA on July 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I think in NYC people would rather admit to being a Republican than a Tea Party supporter.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

ToddPA on July 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

He’s not anti-gay, he just hurts the ones he loves.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Actually, Bufflao & environs are more socially conservative than New York City. The area went for Carl Paladino over Cuomo and recently elected Paladino to the Buffalo School Board (that has got to be fun to watch).

KW64 on July 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I live in Buffalo, the Allentown area. It surprises my son that the most Conservative man he knows lives in the most openly-gay part of town. I’m not up on local politics, though.

But the PC mindset around here is still shocking to me at times. The old auto industry we had here was destroyed by the unions, yet many I have met are still pro-union.

I guess I’m missing something.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

According to her website, she is running on a platform of “legalization, regulation and taxation” of marijuana in the city. “We sell regulate and tax tobacco and alcohol, both more damaging to public health than pot.”

So Davis is going to run for NYC Comptroller on the basis of a position that she will have no authority to exercise?

It looks like the ballot is filling up with a bunch of cartoon characters … oh wait, Mickey Mouse is looking good right about now.

Pigpen for Mayor!

Dusty on July 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Shake salt on him . . . that works with most slugs.

rplat on July 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

ToddPA on July 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

He’s not anti-gay, he just hurts the ones he loves.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Sorry Cindy, my Bad.

ToddPA on July 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I think in NYC people would rather admit to being a Republican than a Tea Party supporter.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Bloody cowards, the whole lot.

That’s how they keep getting Democrats to run the place.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The entire city has slowly devolved into a bad joke since Rudy left.

Valkyriepundit on July 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

“I am going to be on the street corners,” he said. “We will be out across the city.”

Ashley Dupree will gladly sign his petition. She needs a little more $$$ from Client Number Nine. Or maybe an under-the-desk job a la Monica Lewinsky.

Q) What’s the difference between Weiner and Spitzer?
A) Spitzer pays and Weiner wants it for free.

Future New York mayor: Who wants her Spitzer on my Weiner?

Steve Z on July 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Idiocracy‘s beginning to look more and more like a Documentary.

Cleombrotus on July 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

ToddPA on July 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

LOL! Don’t be sorry, this guy deserves all the criticism that can be shoveled on him. Even “artists” need to learn self control.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

He’s not anti-gay, he just hurts the ones he loves.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Alec Baldwin is the exemplar of liberalism: He’s publicly and widely known as an abuser of women, children, and now homosexuals. Yet, he gets a pass by liberals. Why, you ask? Because he’s a liberal.

If we needed a concise ‘perfect’ example of liberals, Alec Baldwin is it in a nutshell.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Scandals, criminality, and murder all resume enhancers for democrats.

The whole world is not laughing with you NY.

jukin3 on July 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

If it’s possible to take any of this seriously, here’s a question for New York City voters. Do you see elections as a way to make rational choices about public-sector leadership, or a platform for self-centered politicians to demand absolution for their past transgressions?

I suspect it’s more like the same malady LA, NO, and other “progressive”-run cities have. That is, they elect someone who will proceed to try to remake the world in their own weird image. While generally being abusive to everyone else in the process. Another name for this is the Major Frank Burns Syndrome, if you ever saw the TV show M*A*S*H.

It’s especially bad when the electorate willingly does a “Hot Lips” Houlihan impression simultaneously.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

New York……..

The laughing stock of the world.

Congratulations morons.

RealMc on July 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Well I know I am fine with designating him the Poster Boy. I have to admit that my dad had a hot temper and occasionally said some stuff that he would have taken back if he even remembered saying them. It’s no excuse but it was a really good life lesson to grow up with.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

…people are either too dumb or too liberal…

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Poorly written. Redundancy is not a literary enhancement.

NOMOBO on July 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

NOMOBO on July 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

LOL!!!

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

My gawd, New York has become the biggest joke around.

jqc1970 on July 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

“I am going to be on the street corners.”

Hey, he might look pretty good in fishnets and heels.

Or, not.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Good grief, New York voters, get a freakin’ grip!

RebeccaH on July 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Test.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

A+

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

How does a smart man like you put up with that place?

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I’m certainly not the sharpest dude around, but I swear Connecticut was never this bad. I can’t scratch my arse cheeks without violating some regulation and/or having it taxed. Not to mention, the complete and utter morons that get elected here…which means the electorate is even worse.

If I send out some coordinates, would you mind sending me a drop-shipment of large sugary drinks and non-healthy snack foods? Maybe a few packs of cigarettes that don’t cost $14 each?

Or some fancy, name-brand Ramen that’s out of my price range with what’s left of my paycheck each week?…the generic stuff is like cardboard strips. *sigh*

JetBoy on July 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

But the PC mindset around here is still shocking to me at times. The old auto industry we had here was destroyed by the unions, yet many I have met are still pro-union.

I guess I’m missing something.

Liam on July 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Not just the Auto industry was destroyed. Bell Aerospace used to be based in the Niagara Falls area but left due to union violence. Worthington Compressor, Bethlehem Steel, and others were closed because union members voted to close rather than make concessions to become competitive. Lots of union retirees are still in the area and have the old anti-business suspicions but they are not into abortion, gay marriage or other things the Catholic Church would speak out against. They really held it against Mario Cuomo that he was against the death penalty and went for Pataki over him despite a big Democratic Party registration edge in Erie County (about D+125,000). Weiner and Spitzer may succeed in New York City but if they try to use it as a stepping stone for statewide office, upstate will go heavily against them. (They really don’t care for New York City Pols dominating the state anyway.)

KW64 on July 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

There are lots of prostitutes in politics. Kristin Davis knows how to manage prostitutes. She also ran a very profitable business.

Seems like a no-brainer to me.

myiq2xu on July 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

There are lots of prostitutes in politics. Kristin Davis knows how to manage prostitutes. She also ran a very profitable business.

Seems like a no-brainer to me.

myiq2xu on July 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

She has more experience in business than most liberal politicians.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Each year, NY state descends further & further into a liberal hell hole. The sane NYers are leaving in droves. Only thing keeping me here is an ailing, elderly parent. I’ll be outta here eventually and will leave patch marks in the shape of a big middle finger directed toward NYC.

SheVee on July 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Soooo, a hooker, a john and a flasher walk into a polling station….

Oh wait – that’s not a joke, is it?

dentarthurdent on July 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Kristin Davis?

Isn’t she the brunette from Sex and the City? She’s the madam of a whorehouse now?

Oh…so there’s ANOTHER Kristin Davis… only instead of being ON Sex and the City, she’s selling sex…in the city.

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Now she wants to go into politics, which confuses me since she’s already a prostitute. Politician, whore, what’s the difference? That being said, I’d vote for her over these other two every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Better to have someone in office who admits she makes her money by screwing people.

As for Spritzer, I wonder if he was ever given a discount by these ladies, you know, as a fellow member of the profession.

leereyno on July 8, 2013 at 10:27 PM