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Will Spitzer Be Elected NYC Comptroller?

Will Spitzer win his bid for New York City Comptroller?
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It is time to look into your crystal ball.  Will former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer be elected New York City’s next comptroller?

Despite resigning from office in disgrace in 2008 because of a prostitution scandal in which he was forever publicly branded “Client Number 9,” Spitzer is apparently back.

The fifty-fourth person to hold the office, Former Governor Spitzer has asked for “forgiveness” and he is apparently receiving it.  In a poll of five hundred registered Democrats undertaken by NBC, the Wall Street Journal, and Marist College, Spitzer has a small – but significant – lead over Democratic opponent and current Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is also (as of this writing) scandal-free.  That simple fact sets Stringer apart from the other major contender in the race, former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner who resigned his post in 2011 following a “sexting” scandal.  In that scandal Weiner electronically sent pictures of his private parts in a very non-private way.

And from simple facts we go to simple rules, or at least Spitzer’s “SImple Rules,” which he just may have violated when he became a client of Emperors Club VIP.  The former “Manhattan Madam,” proprietor of Emperors Club VIP, who supplied Spitzer with his escorts is Kristin Davis.  More specifically she is Kristin M. Davis, not actress Kristin L. Davis.  Davis, incidentally, is among those challenging Spitzer for the seat.

In his “Simple Rule” commercial that became known as the “buzzsaw commercial,” Spitzer said the following:  “What I’m most proud of as attorney general is that we were willing to walk into the buzzsaw of some very powerful interests, and never backed down.  Look, I had a simple rule: I never asked if a case was popular or unpopular, never asked if it was big or small, …reason.  I simply asked if it was right or wrong.  In the end, it’s not a bad rule.”   Looking back one cannot help but wonder if that same rule applied in his own case.

Will it work?  Will Spitzer win?  Comment on our Facebook page and vote in today’s Question of the Day:

In case you missed the 2006 video it appears below:



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