Can Client #9 be stopped?

posted at 10:01 am on August 24, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Eliot Spitzer may be one of the luckiest guys in the history of American politics. I know… that may sound rather odd for somebody who once held not entirely ridiculed aspirations of being the President of the United States and then became best known for ticking off hookers with unusual requests, but his recent run at returning to the public payroll was inadvertently helped more than he could have ever possibly imagined by sharing the stage with Carlos Danger. (Come on… when you’re on the stage with Weiner, you’ve got to look a bit better. Or at least less noticeable.) He’s pulled into a lead in the Democratic primary race to be New York City’s next comptroller, which should – in theory – be a free pass to victory. But John Fund makes some credible arguments this week which could show a path to failure that nobody is talking about yet.

In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, Spitzer leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 56 percent to 37 percent in the Democratic primary, with all of his lead coming from his 68 percent to 21 percent edge among African-Americans. Among white voters, Stringer leads by ten points. “Everyone seems to be against former governor Eliot Spitzer except the voters, especially black voters,” says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Spitzer is all over the TV screens, building on his better name recognition.” Tellingly, a July Quinnipiac poll found 66 percent of white voters thought Spitzer’s scandals were a legitimate issue in the race, as opposed to 43 percent of black voters.

Why is Eliot Spitzer, of all people, leading that broadly among the Big Apple’s black voters? Fund points out that the numbers in his polling lead may be weaker than the top lines indicate. But even if he does pull off the expected primary win, he may have more trouble in the general election than one would generally predict in a New York City race.

Should Spitzer win the Democratic primary, there is one more hurdle he has to clear — a general election in which he would be opposed by Republican John Burnett. In a city that’s 7 to 1 Democratic, that race would normally be a cakewalk, but Burnett — with the help of city matching funds to buy ads — could make a race of it.

Burnett isn’t your ordinary Republican. Born in 1970, he grew up in East New York. He got his undergraduate degree at New York University by taking night classes while already working on Wall Street, and then got an MBA from Cornell. His Wall Street experience includes everything from work as a margin analyst at Dean Witter to a job as a global wealth portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley. He is also a member of the board of the Urban Resource Institute and has served as treasurer of New York’s subcommittee of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation.

Let’s get the media lede out of the way up front. Burnett isn’t just a NY politician. He’s a black Republican, which will immediately open him up to attacks from the New York Times et. al. for being a “token” for the GOP. But he wasn’t just drafted as a random non-white face to brush up the party’s image. He’s a guy who overcame adversity from more humble roots, got a great education and made something of himself. He’s also come up with some wild and crazy ideas, like reforming the city’s bloated and crippling public sector pension program. He’s not an empty suit, either. He’s got more than 20 years experience in actual budget management, audit and compliance work, which is pretty much the definition of the comptroller’s job.

This isn’t to say that New York is safe from the Return of Client Number Nine and the Traveling Hooker Show .But it’s worth watching.


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Can Client #9 be stopped?

Does anybody care? This is NYC…they deserve him. And really, how could it be any other way.

AUINSC on August 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Well, those of us who live here in NYC care. Not everyone in NYC is a brain dead liberal.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Someone please tell me how and why NYC’s next mayor is important in the greater scheme of things.

Liam on August 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The worse the offense the better the chance of winning elective office. Who is going to stop #9? Probably no one. He has no moral compass of his own and NY Libs are pretty hopeless. They have no morals and they have no sense. The sky is the limit for #9. Same for Weiner.

BetseyRoss on August 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Pretty much any sexual deviancy and infidelity are just resume enhancers for team democrat. They are the political party of abject immorality.

Murphy9 on August 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Jazz you are in Factasyland if you think a republican of any color can beat Spitzer. The NYT will” Uncle Tom” him to oblivion, and NYC blacks are entrenched Democrats and unlikely to vote GOP ever, and that goes double for Jews.

simkeith on August 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Why is Eliot Spitzer, of all people, leading that broadly among the Big Apple’s black voters?

LOL. You really don’t know? No wonder you folks are scared to death to post anything about the Lane or Shorty murders or the child being shot in the face.

sheesh …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

You got that right Primordial.

celtic warrior on August 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Honestly, if hard(est)-core liberal Bill de Blasio ends up winning the mayoral primary for the Democrats and then beats Joe Lhota in the general election, the best thing possible might be to have a egomaniac with no principles like Eliot Spitzer as comptroller. Since Spitzer can’t stand sitting in the background, he’s be trying to get media attention all the time, and the best way to do that would be to attack the actions of de Blasio, who still thinks New York City went off the rails when they elected Rudy Giuliani over his former boss, David Dinkins.

jon1979 on August 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

A STD might work.

meci on August 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Anyone expect anything less from Sodom and Gomorrah on the Hudson?

coldwarrior on August 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Eliot Spitzer may be one of the luckiest guys in the history of American politics.

Not as lucky as Filner. 18 victims we know about and he walks away with hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars to pay for his indiscretions and legal bills.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

He’s also come up with some wild and crazy ideas, like reforming the city’s bloated and crippling public sector pension program.

Hey Jazz, you have stumbled upon the reason why blacks will never vote for him. Blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of government workers. Do you really think they want their public sector pension program reformed? They don’t vote for the person who is black, they vote for the person who will give them handouts, you should know this by now.

Dollayo on August 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

If I could be sure he would fix the city destroying public sector pension plans. I’d vote for the guy if he were a serial killer. BTW it’s not just NYC that’s going to go down the tubes with public pensions–with hundreds of thousands of government leeches–the whole nation is sliding into the excrement pile.

MaiDee on August 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Yes, there are some few Americans left in New York City. Yes, they have roots, family, and careers there. Life is a series of choices, and they have chosen to live in a socialist, racist, Statist hellhole because of those choices. And to subsidize it with their taxes and quietly put up with the constant oppression. And I feel sorry for them because of what they have to endure. But they are trapped behind enemy lines. Some few may make the choices necessary to escape, but most of them are doomed.

But since there is absolutely no hope that freedom will return to New York [state or city] before an absolute collapse, and the entire country is heading in the same direction; the only service to the struggle for freedom elsewhere in the country that New York can offer is to collapse as spectacularly as possible, as soon as possible, as an object lesson.

The best outcome for the country as a whole would be for Weiner, Spitzer, and whoever ends up in the role of local Trotsky to take total control of the city. Let them raise taxes even more, punish employers even more, discriminate against anyone not a “protected class” even more. Let them impose every aspect of political correctness that they can come up with. I am hoping that they will chase the financial industry and the few thousand producers who pay most of the taxes out. Let them have their socialist racist paradise. And repulse the rest of the country.

Gotta know when to cut your losses.

Subotai Bahadur

Subotai Bahadur on August 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Not everyone in NYC is a brain dead liberal.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

No, just a majority of the voters.

RoadRunner on August 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

So, he’s an evil Wall Streeter, and an Uncle Tom Republican. Yeah, black voters are gonna love him,lol.

xblade on August 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

No, just a majority of the voters.

RoadRunner on August 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Unfortunately, this does happen to be the case.

But that doesn’t mean that everyone who lives here deserves a PoS like Spitzer as Comptroller, or to endure one of the parade of horribles on the Democrat side becoming mayor.

I’m likely voting for Catsimatidis in the Republican primary, and then the Republican candidate (whoever that will be) in the general.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Madams throughout the area are praying Spitzer wins.

The taxpayers deep pockets will be keeping him balls deep.

Bubba Redneck on August 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Eliot Spitzer may be one of the luckiest guys in the history of American politics.

Not as lucky as Filner. 18 victims we know about and he walks away with hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars to pay for his indiscretions and legal bills.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Spitzer has pissed off a lot of people.
I have a feeling quite a few are wishing he would win.
He was caught once. . . .

Bubba Redneck on August 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Well, those of us who live here in NYC care. Not everyone in NYC is a brain dead liberal.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

In a city that’s 7 to 1 Democratic

…well!…you have every 6 neighbors…that are!

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2013 at 6:11 PM

yes.

It’s called Latex and latin

WryTrvllr on August 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM