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NYC Comptroller: Oy vey. At the last possible minute, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (who, as everyone knows, resigned in disgrace) has decided to enter the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller. The seat is open (John Liu is running for mayor), and the only major candidate in the race, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, immediately lashed out at Spitzer and accused him of trying to "buy personal redemption with his family fortune."

There are a million things one can say about this bizarre development, but I'll confine myself to just one. When Spitzer's infamous scandal broke, he didn't leave office merely because he had solicited prostitutes. He did so because he had governed awfully and arrogantly for his entire first year in office and alienated almost every friend he had. A more popular politician who hadn't cut himself off from his supporters so badly could very well have survived that disaster.

But Spitzer succeeded in destroying his own standing with the public even before anyone had heard the name Ashley Dupré, and no one wanted help him when he stumbled. So to me, the question is whether Spitzer has learned his lesson from his time as governor—what his former mentor and confidante Lloyd Constantine termed the "plague year"—and whether he's a truly humbled and changed man. I'd like to say we'll see soon enough, but with this kind of thing, we may never really know.

P.S. Xenocrypt does some deep digging and discovers that every single comptroller for the last 60 years has at some point tried to run for higher office. The track record is poor: Only two of eight have succeeded, and I use the word "succeeded" very lightly, as I wouldn't want to be either Abe Beame or Alan Hevesi.

(Disclosure: I worked on Spitzer's 1994 and 1998 campaigns for attorney general, and for the attorney general's office during his first term.)

2Q Fundraising:

FL-18: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D): $520K raised, $1 mil cash-on-hand

IL-Gov: Bruce Rauner (R): $915K raised (apparently no self-funding)

IL-13: Rep. Rodney Davis (R): $450K raised, $700K cash-on-hand

MA-05: Carl Sciortino (D): $200K raised

MI-Sen: Rep. Gary Peters (D): $1 mil raised, $1.8 mil cash-on-hand

NJ-Gov (May 24 to June 24): Gov. Chris Christie (R): $372K raised; Barbara Buono (D): $642K raised

PA-08: Kevin Strouse (D): $254K raised, $218K cash-on-hand

PA-13: Valerie Arkoosh (D): $285K raised


CO-Sen: Republicans finally have a Senate candidate in Colorado: State Sen. Randy Baumgardner says he'll formally launch a challenge to Sen. Mark Udall on Friday. I highly suggest you click through to check out his extraordinary 'stache.

IA-Sen: Emily Cahn astutely takes notice of a little-known wrinkle in the Iowa GOP's nomination process: If no candidate takes 35 percent in the primary for Senate, Republicans will hold a convention to choose their standard-bearer. In the wake of E.W. Jackson's selection as the party's lieutenant governor nominee in Virginia, that word—"convention"—ought to strike fear into the hearts of GOP operatives anywhere. And with four contenders already in the field, as well as two more likely to join, Iowa could indeed wind up seeing its first such convention since 2002, when none other than Steve King prevailed over a crowded field in what was then the state's 5th Congressional District.

There are a number of details here that make Cahn's piece worth reading in full. For one, the lead up to the statewide convention involves a multi-step ordeal similar to the gantlet presidential candidates run through—and it takes place during the first half of next year, more or less simultaneously with the primary, which is on June 3. (The convention is scheduled for June 14.) What's more, Paulists now control the state GOP apparatus; that could benefit former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker in particular, and it certainly doesn't make it more likely that Republicans will pick a palatable candidate. Somewhere, Bruce Braley is smiling to himself.

NJ-Sen: Not that it's any surprise, but the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's family is most definitely not backing Newark Mayor Cory Booker in his bid to replace their patriarch. Rather, four of Lautenberg's children, as well as their stepmother, Bonnie, are endorsing Rep. Frank Pallone in the special Democratic primary next month. (Lautenberg's son Josh says his dad told him he "would be honored" to have Pallone succeed him.) Booker, of course, helped nudge Lautenberg toward the exits earlier this year, though much of the New Jersey Democratic establishment was not pleased with Booker's approach. Whether voters will actually care about any of this is a different question altogether.

WY-Sen: If you've been following this story (say, in the pages of the Daily Digest), there isn't a whole lot that's newsy in this New York Times piece on the possibility that Liz Cheney might run against Sen. Mike Enzi in next year's GOP primary. It does sound, though, like Cheney is stepping up her efforts to raise her profile, touring around the state and appearing at public events whenever she can, sometimes with daddy Dick at her side.

But nearly all of the establishment-type Republicans quoted in the article seem unhappy at the prospect of a Cheney challenge, which seems predicated on the notion that Enzi simply isn't an obstructionist firebreather in the classic tea party mold. One such complainer is former Sen. Alan Simpson, who seems to understand the GOP about as well as he understands the budget deficit. Simpson says he thinks Enzi's only vulnerable "if there's a weird group of Republicans who think compromise is akin to communism." I'm not sure what remote mountain top Simpson's been living on for the past few years, but that "weird group of Republicans" is actually called "the Republican Party."


IL-Gov: Conservative pollster We Ask America has a new poll of the GOP gubernatorial primary, but the field is pretty divided. Treasurer Dan Rutherford is in first at 22 percent, state Sen. Bill Brady takes 18 percent, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is at 12, and state Sen. Kirk Dillard sits at 11, with 38 percent undecided.

TX-Gov: At long last, we finally have our answer: Rick Perry will not seek a fourth full term as governor of Texas, though he did seem to hold open the possibility of another presidential run in 2016. As far as next year is concerned, though, Perry's move clears the way for state Attorney General Greg Abbott to make his own widely expected gubernatorial bid, without the messiness of a GOP primary. And with a Republican ticket headed by Abbott, who certainly has his flaws but lacks Perry's notorious personal baggage, longshot Democratic hopes of recapturing the governor's mansion likely just got longer.


AZ-01: Freshman state Rep. Adam Kwasman, whose name initially surfaced in May, just became the first Republican to formally announce a challenge to Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick next year. Kwasman definitely has shortcomings as a candidate (not least the fact that he hails from a distant suburban outpost at the far end of this massive rural district), but Mitt Romney carried this seat 50-48, which means Kirkpatrick will have a serious race no matter what.

FL-26: Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo says he'll formally announce a bid against freshman Rep. Joe Garcia on Tuesday, which would likely make him the most serious Republican to enter the race to date. (He's been conducting polls and assembling a finance team.) Former Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Joe Martinez claimed he'd run a long time ago, but he still hasn't filed paperwork (though he has managed to release a cologne called, amazingly enough, "The Commissioner"). Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall did actually launch his campaign back in May, but he raised just $40,000 in his first month on the trail.

IA-01: Second-term state Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic, whose name had recently surfaced as a potential candidate for Iowa's open 1st Congressional District, announced over the weekend that she's forming an exploratory committee to look at the contest. Kajtazovic is only 26, but she has an unusual life story: She fled with her family from a refugee camp in Bosnia at the age of 10, and then became the youngest woman elected to the Iowa state House three years ago. (She also says she's the only Bosnian-American elected official in the entire country.)

If Kajtazovic does get in, she'd be joining two more experienced pols in the primary, former state House Speaker Pat Murphy and Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon. Others may also get into the race in this light blue district in the northeastern part of the state.

IA-03: It seems like Democrats have finally gotten their woman—for real, this time. Former state Sen. Staci Appel has filed paperwork to create a campaign committee with the FEC, just a few months after she announced that she would not run against GOP Rep. Tom Latham, despite reports that she would. In between, though, she met with the DCCC in Washington, so evidently, recruiters convinced her to change her mind. On paper, this seat looks like it should be very competitive for Democrats, seeing as Barack Obama carried it by a 51-47 margin last year. But Latham's political skills are considerable, and he ran almost 13 net points ahead of Mitt Romney while defeating fellow incumbent Leonard Boswell, so Appel will have her work cut out for her.

IL-17: Ex-Rep. Bobby Schilling, who said last month that he was "leaning toward" a comeback bid, has officially launched his campaign for a rematch against freshman Democrat Cheri Bustos. Schilling is hoping that midterm turnout will boost his chances in this 58-41 Obama district, but there's almost no way he'll see a return to the kind of electorate that powered him to an improbable victory in 2010.

MA-06: Iraq vet Seth Moulton, who considered running in MA-06 as an independent last year, says he'll challenge Rep. John Tierney in the Democratic primary this time. Tierney, of course, only narrowly escaped with his political life in 2012, after getting relentlessly hounded over his wife's tax evasion conviction, even though there was never any evidence linking him to her misdeeds.

Meanwhile, Moulton, a Marine, calls himself "fairly centrist," which is not usually a recipe for winning a Democratic primary. (See Stephen Lynch's failed bid for Senate earlier this year.) But Tierney's baggage, fairly or not, throws a wrench into the standard calculus, because some Democrats might conclude they're better off with a less damaged alternative in a general election, even if he's less progressive. It's been a long time since an incumbent lost a primary in Massachusetts—1992, in fact, when Marty Meehan beat Chet Atkins. But as analyst Peter Ubertaccio points out, Atkins, much like Tierney, barely survived his 1990 re-election campaign, so that may augur for an upset.

ME-02: Toward the end of a piece on the collapse of the Maine Republican Party (their chair and vice chair both just resigned, only seven months into the job) comes confirmation from former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin that he's looking at a possible run for Congress next year. Poliquin says he's also been asked to take over the state party, but either way, it definitely sounds like he's not considering a primary challenge to Sen. Susan Collins, which sadly always seemed like the slimmest of hopes to begin with.

Other Races:

OH Ballot: It looks like FreedomOhio is forging ahead with plans to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year that would overturn a 2004 amendment that banned same-sex marriage in the state. They also secured the support of a high-profile Republican on Monday, former state AG Jim Petro. But according to Nate Silver's projections, a majority of Ohioans may not be ready to support marriage equality by 2014.

What's more, FreedomOhio appeared to jump the gun last month, announcing that a coalition of national marriage groups stood ready to assist the campaign, only to have those same organizations issue a statement distancing themselves from the effort. (An official from the Human Rights Campaign said FreedomOhio's Ian James "must have attended a different meeting than the rest of us.") So it's not clear if everyone's reconciled, or if FreedomOhio is going it alone. Either way, they still have a high initial hurdle to clear: They need to submit over 385,000 valid signatures by July of next year.

Grab Bag:

Maps: Here's a great map of how that most important of words, beer, is spoken throughout Europe. There are pretty much four main linguistic regions: beer (western/central Europe, Greece, Black Sea); ale (Scandinavia, Baltics); pivo (Russia, eastern Europe, Balkans), and cerveza (Iberian peninsula). There are a few oddballs (like Hungary, where it's called sör), but the most divided area is the British Isles, where beer and ale compete with four other options, like the Welsh "cwrw." But at the end of the day, we're all drinking delicious suds.

NC Redistricting: A panel of three state-level judges has upheld the legislative and congressional maps passed by North Carolina Republicans in 2011, though an appeal to the state supreme court seems likely. (A PDF of the full decision is available here.) I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope for a better outcome, though, seeing as the state high court features four Republican judges versus just three Democrats. But given the federal constitutional issues at stake here, it's also possible that this case could ultimately wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court. Then again, I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope there, either.

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    by David Nir on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:00:10 AM PDT

  •  Fundraising: Landrieu raise $1.7 Million (8+ / 0-)

    Impressive quarter. She now has $4.9 million cash on hand.

    23/Male/ D/Native of OH-16, Now NC-04

    by liberal intellectual on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:21:46 AM PDT

  •  Spitzer wasn't good on TV either (5+ / 0-)
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    webranding, Wynter, Matt Z, wader, pademocrat

    Probably why he decided to get back into politics

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:23:16 AM PDT

    •  Also, the issue wasn't really that he . . . (7+ / 0-)

      used the services of a high-priced prostitution ring. As Attorney General, he prosecuted prostitution rings, and as both AG and governor he was of course responsible for upholding the law. Whatever your view on his conduct or the laws concerning prostitution, what he did was illegal and contrary to his own publicly proclaimed beliefs and actions. That degree of hypocrisy and irresponsibility is just unacceptable for somebody who wants to be comptroller, in my view. And BTW, Michael Smerconish interviewed him last night, at length, and never once mentioned the above obvious dimension of what he had done.

  •  Really grilled on Morning Joe today (1+ / 0-)
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    I kinda felt sorry for him.

  •  spitzer is... (23+ / 0-)

    the only new york ag that went after wall street. our current governor is a complete waste of oxygen and i would love to have spitzer back in any capacity.
    tung sol

    There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

    by tung sol on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:46:32 AM PDT

    •  Agreed (16+ / 0-)

      Maybe what we need in NYC is an aggressive asshole to root out the greedy, corrupt and crooked assholes in Wall Street.  

      I don't want my pols to be warm and fuzzy.  I want them to do their fucking job.  Let their actions speak for themselves.  A congo line of wall streeters being frog marched to jail would say ALOT more than some shiny mailers, overproduced tv ads or slick marketing campaign.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:52:43 AM PDT

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      •  The thing is (6+ / 0-)

        it isn't enough just to be an aggressive asshole. You need to be an aggressive asshole with no massive skeletons in your closet, because the GC&CAiWS will play dirty -even if they're using the same escort services.

        Spitzer really should have known that.

        The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

        by raboof on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:58:54 AM PDT

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        •  Well hopefully he learned (3+ / 0-)
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          and won't be transporting escorts across state lines this time.  

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:03:07 AM PDT

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          •  It's cheaper if you go to Brooklyn anyway (3+ / 0-)
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            No tolls, if you use the right bridges.

            The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

            by raboof on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:26:26 AM PDT

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          •  Above the Law (7+ / 0-)

            I'm pretty conflicted about Spitzer returning to power.

            It's clear he wants to make a career, all the way to the White House, out of aggressive reform like a "new sheriff in town". Which I like.

            But his prostitution use is a serious problem. I have no problem with the part that is paying for sex. I'm not really bothered by the adultery - his wife appears to have willingly traded fidelity for political status (her problem). I'm not even bothered by its illegality. I am bothered by his doing so even while making a career built partly on vigorous prosecution and jailing of other people who paid prostitutes for sex.

            That's not just hypocrisy, at least not just a moral deficit. That is a practiced immunity to the law. We cannot have rulers who aren't subject to at least as demanding laws as the people they rule.

            The lesson I think Spitzer might have learned is that he is not above the law. Not while his political enemies are wiretapping him. And as NYC Comptroller - and beyond - he will have just as much incentive to obey the law as anyone else without the power he seeks.

            But maybe he has learned a different lesson. How to know?

            "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

            by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:31:02 AM PDT

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            •  Well hopefully he did learn that lesson (7+ / 0-)

              The hypocrisy bothered me as well.  However, he paid a political price for that.  He did the crime and did his time.

              I wonder if the same can be said for David Vitter?

              Or how about Rep Scott DesJarlais?

              Or how about the countless other GOP politicians who have been caught with their pants down while preaching to us all about morals and shit like that.  Did they pay a political price?

              Because let's be real here, Spitzer was governor of one of the most important states of the US.  He was on the fast track for the White House.  The fact that he's running for city Comptroller is not just a step down but a HUGE step down.  That's like going from Mayor to Dog Catcher and we don't even know if he'll even get elected as Dog Catcher.    

              This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

              by DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:39:56 AM PDT

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              •  Not Quite Dog Catcher (1+ / 0-)
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                It's like going from NYC mayor to NY State Comptroller not dog catcher. The city and the state are almost parity in power (and population exclusive of each other), including budget parity. Though the state budget is more than 50% spent on NYC, while the mayor rules far less impeded by the rest of government than does the governor with the state legislature.

                It's a real governing position, and he's running on making the Comptroller office a reform engine rather than a bookkeeping office. More to the point, in 2009 Bloomberg nearly lost (by ~25,000 flipped votes in a city of 8M) to Bill Thompson, then the NYC Comptroller. Thompson is now running for the Democratic candidacy for mayor.

                It's a step down from governor of any state to anything but NYC mayor, US senator or the White House.

                "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:52:09 AM PDT

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                •  Not quite (0+ / 0-)

                  but in terms of national politics it is a HUGE step down.  As Governor his national image was big.  As Comproller, outside of NYC and maybe the state, he'll be in a relatively obscure position nationally.

                  This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

                  by DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:58:26 AM PDT

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                  •  Loss and Gain (1+ / 0-)
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                    When he runs for national office he'll be remembered as an effective governor who later acquitted himself well in a comeback (if he does so).

                    Probably he'll run for the Senate, though Schumer seems a lifer. Possibly Gillibrand will get a VP nomination in 2016 and he'll run for that. Or for NY Attorney General again. Either way NYers would elevate him to the national stage again, where he'll campaign for president. Or run for NYC mayor if the Comptroller job works out.

                    He's paying the price with years longer before running for president. He could have run in 2008, at least for VP, and is spending the extra 8, 12, 16 years repositioning. It will probably work.

                    Especially if he can claim the scalp of at least one major banker he jails, from whatever office he get get into. That could make him president, if the bankers can't stop him.

                    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                    by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 08:07:26 AM PDT

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                    •  One step back today, two forward tomorrow (1+ / 0-)
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                      I still think the guy has a future.  Not as bright as he could have had but he certainly can get pretty high if he stays clean.  

                      I don't think Gillibrand will get VP in 2016.  Especially if another high profile female, former NY state Senator is atop the ticket.  Too much NY east coast liberal.  To much woman on the ticket.  many men will already have a problem with one woman atop the ticket let alone two liberals from NY.  

                      But I can see a Clinton-Schweitzer ticket to carry the Dems through 2014 and maybe a Schweitzer-Gillibrand ticket after that.  But who knows.  

                      As for Spitzer, If he can stick around til 2024 he can possible get the senate seat then.  He's only 54.  So he'll be a young 65 then.  Schumer is 63 but I suspect he'll be a lifer so no point holding out for him to retire.  I think the best bet though is Governor.  Spitzer can pull a Jerry Brown and serve when he's older and presumably wiser after Cuomo decides to get off the pot.

                      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

                      by DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 09:33:27 AM PDT

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                •  Mayor of Chicago ain't a bad gig, though not sure (0+ / 0-)

                  how much Rahm is enjoying it these days.

                  LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                  by dinotrac on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:00:50 AM PDT

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            •  I figured it was his being too close to illegal (0+ / 0-)

              services that gave him the thought he could take advantage of them, in a weak moment, and then he couldn't let go until caught.

              That is, for all his public fortitude, he was still a human with foibles, inside.

              Or, maybe he's always been a duplicitous asshole - though, it didn't seem that way to me at the time.  We all have skeletons of some kind, I figure.

              "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

              by wader on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:01:55 AM PDT

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              •  $80,000 Spent NOT A "Weak Moment" (3+ / 0-)
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                No offense but what he did is nothing like having a moment of weakness.

                He spent around $80,000 on prostitutes over several years, while as governor and as attorney general!

                All the while he was a crusader AGAINST prostitution.

                This is not about adultery or a sex scandal.

                It is about hypocrisy and about arrogance. He thinks that he is better than everyone else and that he is above the law.

                He should ever be elected to office again.

                If I lived I lived in NYC I would vote for the Libertarian prostitute running against him.

                •  Prostitutes (3+ / 0-)
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                  Well I do live in NY and work in NYC, and I would probably vote for him. I'm not as outraged, and I am sure he has learned from his fall from grace - and probably that he is not above the law, since his political enemies will apply it to him.

                  I think the idea that a Libertarian prostitute is a better NYC Comptroller than an first rate executive, reformer ex-governor who was forced to resign over prostitution shows extremely bad judgment.

                  "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                  by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:20:39 AM PDT

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                  •  IF Spitzer makes it on the ballot (2+ / 0-)
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                    I will vote for him especially since there is the remote possibility that Lhota could be mayor.  I think Stringer was promised a cake walk or something by party leaders.  I was leaning toward Liu and Stringer for mayor.  Now I'm with Weiner.  

                    •  Liu Is Crudely Crooked (1+ / 0-)
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                      tung sol

                      It's obvious that Liu is crooked. Sloppy both in his execution and in his attempted getaway.

                      Weiner is a sloppy communicator, with an evidently pathological impulse to blurt - both individually and organizationally. But I see no evidence of corruption, and plenty of policy integrity. I actually like the combination: integrity and blurting. Makes it easier to catch him when he's doing wrong.

                      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                      by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:56:19 AM PDT

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                •  Think my point wasn't clear, then (0+ / 0-)

                  Once he began on this habit, he apparently became hooked on it like a habitual compulsion - you don't have that one, single skeleton going onwards in such a severe fashion without an addiction-related issue coming into play.

                  I got the hypocrisy part when revelations came out, but it was minor potatoes to me.  That was an issue with his own habits and spouse/family, I felt.  It's not as if he was truly hurting the lives of others while partaking of what he was able to in private - this wasn't the equivalent of Republican males hurting LGBTs while whoring for men in bathroom stalls.

                  I really don't care about his personal arrogance in a negative fashion.

                  Would far rather have this edgy, slightly akilter guy back in the political ranks than a number of moderate Democrats we have in NY at this time.

                  "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

                  by wader on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:22:31 AM PDT

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                  •  Crusading Against Prostitution Does Hurt People (1+ / 0-)
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                    He was hurting the lives of others.

                    Namely the prostitutes who are afraid to call the cops when they are abused by their clients. When prostitution is pushed underground the people involved in it (mostly women) are afraid to report abusive clients, their less likely to get tested for STD's and they are more likely forced to go work for pimps for protection than if it was legal.

                    I'm also sure that many clients' lives were ruined as well. Even though Spitzer did the same thing.

                    Also, there are people in jail today because of what Spitzer did as a crusader against prostitution. And yet Spitzer did the same thing and never spent a day in jail.

                    This guy has hurt plenty of people. He should never be elected again.

                    •  He was crusading against corporate corruption, (0+ / 0-)

                      not prostitution or prostitutes.

                      I know about how prostitutes can be pushed out and left to dry, with no protection - have supported efforts by groups like COYOTE and others for awhile.

                      Think you're inflating a tangent for no useful reason.

                      The people he mostly hurt as AG (i.e., not Governor) were business folks.  He was one of the few to investigate the sub-prime mortgage businesses before it blew up - only to have BushCo helpfully remove all the regulatory limiters on those assholes.

                      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

                      by wader on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:52:20 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed DisNoir36 (1+ / 0-)
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        With the exception of Sal Albanese, the candidates have all rallied behind Stringer.  Hm.  

    •  Wasn't Cuomo a solid A-G as well? (3+ / 0-)
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      and just like Spitzer, declined in quality when he became Gov?

      "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

      by KingofSpades on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:54:03 AM PDT

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      •  Declined in Quality? (3+ / 0-)
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        Governors are not prosecutors, so they're not going to be as effective a prosecutor as is a prosecutor.

        But where is the evidence the Spitzer's quality declined as governor? I voted for Spitzer, I lived in NYC while he was governor, and I thought he was pretty effective. Until a Federal wiretap brought him down on personal misconduct in a petty, consensual crime, he was widely expected to move on to run for president.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:33:34 AM PDT

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      •  Cuomo declined in quality (6+ / 0-)
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        long before he was elected to the governorship. His campaign was anti-labor, union busting and pro Wall St/1%.

        I voted for the madam. My second choice was the guy who said the rent was too high.

        As for Spitzer, he at least used his own money. If SC can send Sanford to the house & LA reelected Vitter, I think Democrats need to not be so damn sensitive about our elected officials' sexual & marital escapades.

        "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013

        by TheMomCat on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:33:46 AM PDT

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      •  Cuomo, like Spitzer, went after big headlines (1+ / 0-)
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        Neither actually accomplished much, other than getting themselves elected Governor.

        In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

        by boriscleto on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:35:54 AM PDT

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      •  cuomo... (1+ / 0-)
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        was a joke as ag. and even a bigger joke as governor.
        tung sol

        There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

        by tung sol on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:54:52 AM PDT

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    •  Spitzer Was a Good Governor (9+ / 0-)
      He did so because he had governed awfully and arrogantly for his entire first year in office and alienated almost every friend he had. A more popular politician who hadn't cut himself off from his supporters so badly could very well have survived that disaster.

      Spitzer was a pretty good governor. Especially compared to his predecessor, Pataki (R-mafia) and successor, Paterson (D-uh). That made him pretty popular among New Yorkers. In fact he was widely anticipated to someday be president - the first Jewish president - showed his popularity.

      Maybe he did alienate every "friend" he had in government. Because he was a reformer - specifically against corporate abuses. The kind of corporate abuses, especially among banks and finance traders, that was (is) the epicenter of the collapse of the global economy, centered in NYC where Spitzer had been doing something about it.

      The people who think he governed "awfully and arrogantly" are the people who should be kicked out of government - and some of them should be in jail.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:23:27 AM PDT

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      •  Live On The West Coast (1+ / 0-)
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        Unaware of this perception that he was an unsuccessful Governor. Glad to see him come back into politics and feel his voice was greatly missed when later in 2008 the Wall Street house of cards came tumbling down.  This front page post is a great example of progressives not standing behind their own.

      •  Sorry He Wasn't (0+ / 0-)

        I was a big Spitzer fan before his Governorship.  He was pretty much a disaster and even though I didn't approve of what he did with Ashley Dupree I did not think he should have quit as Gov over it.  However, David is right - he mainly quit because he had no allies to help him through a tough stretch.

        I get being a reformer and supported many of the things he wanted to do but being Governor is not a dictatorship.  If you want to get things done, you have to work with the NY Legislature, like it or not.  And Spitzer really didn't get it.  

        I came to the realization about 6 mos into his term he was not temperamentally suited to the role of Governor.  His strength is as a prosecutor which is why he was so good as AG.

    •  My thoughts EXACTLY tung sol (3+ / 0-)
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      Few ripped into the Wall Street crowd like Spitzer & it would be great to see him back in action. Expect big money to be thrown at him in any race he enters because Wall Street does NOT want him anywhere near a public office where he could go after them again.

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:30:08 AM PDT

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  •  Nothing about MA-05? (1+ / 0-)
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    The race is on tomorrow ...

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:02:37 AM PDT

  •  What bothers me is the way (13+ / 0-)

    Spitzer is depicted (I'm not from NY and don't know what kind of governor he was) in the media.  There was a headline on CBS yesterday about "disgraced" Spitzer.  So I went and checked to see what kind of headlines they did about Sanford.  Why not, right.  Well, the headline, and this isn't exact, was about Sanford being the comeback kid.  So I emailed them and asked if they were proud of themselves for their yellow journalism biases?  I'm sick of the D vs. R portrayal by corporate owned media, and how Rs are rarely "disgraced."

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:10:26 AM PDT

  •  I like Eliot. Give the guy a second chance. He's (4+ / 0-)
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    smart, and rich enough that he doesn't require bribing.  Sort of like Bloomberg, with an aberrant moral sense.  Actually, I'd like to see Bloomberg run for President.  He'd be better than Obama, much better.

  •  Seems to me his talents suit the office (2+ / 0-)
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    Why not?

    I really don't care about the other stuff.

  •  Why was Spitzer's phone being tapped? (12+ / 0-)

    The question no one seems to want to ask or answer.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:22:33 AM PDT

  •  I don't believe Spitzer could have avoided (1+ / 0-)
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    resignation no matter how many friends he had. Only Republicans are able to ignore their own moral transgressions & blithely cackle about family values.

    Where are we going and what am I doing in this handbasket?

    by gelfling545 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:23:07 AM PDT

    •  Like Bob Tortelllini? (0+ / 0-)

      Or Charlie Rangel?
      Or Ted Kennedy?
      Or Bill Clinton?


      Politicians have always gotten themselves mixed up in things they shouldn't.  Some get away with it and some don't. Party affiliation may make a difference, depending on the time, place, quality of friends, sensitivity of administration.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:14:55 AM PDT

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  •  I don't know if Spitzer can get (1+ / 0-)
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    the 3750 clean signatures to get on the ballot. This is not sitting right with me.  It's really weird that he would wait this long to announce.  

  •  Sounds just like Obama to me. (0+ / 0-)

    "....governed awfully and arrogantly for his entire first year in office and alienated almost every friend he had."

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren/Spitzer 2016

    by dkmich on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:30:58 AM PDT

  •  My condolences on your wasted work for Spitzer ;) (0+ / 0-)

    That's gotta hurt doing all that for some guy that burns his own camp.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:39:10 AM PDT

  •  Spitzer is an extremely talented person (0+ / 0-)

    And he has most of his political priorities right, in that he doesn't mind stepping on toes or pissing off powerful people to root out financial corruption.

    On the other hand, his personal priorities were apparently not so brilliantly arranged, and he got caught with his pants down.

    Were I a NYC resident, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat for political office, but I wouldn't want him dating my daughters.

  •  It's about hypocrisy and arrogance (1+ / 0-)
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    Spitzer's fall has little to do with adultery and little with being a sex scandal.

    What it has to do with is arrogance and hypocrisy.

    He made a career as someone who went after prostitution rings. And not just because he was following the law. He crusaded against prostitution.

    At the same time it is estimated that he spent more than $80,000 for prostitutes.

    He apparently not only thought he was above the law, he thought that he is better than everybody else and doesn't have to follow the same rules as everyone else.

    There is no way he should be allowed to re-enter government. He doesn't deserve to ever be elected again.

    I don't live in NYC but if the choices were him and the Libertarian Kristin Davis (who ironically ran a prostitution ring that Spitzer used), I'd definitely vote for Davis. I believe prostitution should be legalized and dealt with as a health issue not as a moralistic law enforcement issue. I also have several friends who are high end escorts so Spitzer's hypocrisy really angers me.

  •  What he did was really gross... (0+ / 0-)

    so I'm of a mixed mind here. I want to reject our insistence on moral purity when it comes to the sex lives of our politicians, but he was the AG, thus chartered to bust the very elements he enjoyed.

    I am not a New Yorker, so I'm spared using my vote to judge. Should he get in office, if he is able to use his position to make life on the oligarchs difficult, I'll be cheering him on.

    May the Conservative Supremes share Paula Deen's heart-stopping culinary tastes as much as they share her cultural ones.

    by pajoly on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 07:52:14 AM PDT

  •  Not be rude but God not Booker nudged Lautenberg (0+ / 0-)

    to the exit.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 08:59:23 AM PDT

    •  before he died (0+ / 0-)

      Before he died, Lautenberg said that he would not seek re-election in 2014.  The most proximate cause was Booker's decision to pursue a primary.  Because of Booker, even if he lived Lautenberg would have been out of the Senate in 2 years, so I'd say it's accurate usage.

  •  Spitzer's phone was tapped because he lives in (0+ / 0-)

    America. Once it was obvious that he was a threat to the large financial firms he was done, go ahead and stick that fork. They did go back and listen to his conversations and read his email.  His personal liasons mattered because he is not a republican. Faux conservative poutrage combined with liberal nanny-ness sealed his fate.

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

    by OHdog on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 10:28:43 AM PDT

  •  Looking for a Third-Party? (0+ / 0-)

    Well we now have one in NY -- The Perv Party

    Spitzer and Weiner on the same ticket

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