Spitzer says Weiner should not be mayor
July 29th, 2013
07:22 PM ET
9 months ago

Spitzer says Weiner should not be mayor

(CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer confirmed Monday that he will not be voting for Anthony Weiner in the New York mayoral race.

Spitzer, a fellow former disgraced politician who also is attempting to make a political comeback, was short with his answers Monday in a television interview, but revealed that Weiner will not be getting his support in the upcoming Democratic primary.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews pressed Spitzer, urging him to say who he plans to vote for in the primary race. Spitzer didn't take the bait at first, but Matthews nudged him again.

"You're not going to vote for Anthony Weiner, can you just say that now? You don't think he should be mayor of New York?"

"Fair point. That is correct," Spitzer said.

"He should not be mayor of New York, then?" Matthews asked.

"That is correct," Spitzer replied.

A new poll released Monday indicated a majority, 53%, of New York voters believe Weiner should drop out of the race. The Quinnipiac University poll comes after the former congressman admitted last week that he continued to send lewd messages to women after he resigned from Congress in 2011 for the same actions.

The same survey also showed that Weiner had tumbled to fourth place in the race for the Democratic nomination, despite once being a front-runner.

Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, also said in answer to a question that if a public employee under his watch were caught using public office equipment to send racy messages and photos, that person should be fired.

Spitzer's opponent in the Democratic race for city comptroller, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, was quick to pounce on the answers.

"It's clear that Eliot Spitzer thinks there are two standards - one for him, and one for everybody else. His comments are the height of hypocrisy," Stringer's campaign said in a statement.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Eliot Spitzer • New York
soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Surthurfurd

    He is a politician. Being self serving hypocrites is what they do best.

    July 29, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. RDA

    Well, it takes one to know one.

    July 29, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Clarke

    Oh my goodness, mr. Weiner, really needs to drop out of sight. Do I care what mr. Spitzer did ? No, I don't, I was very disappointed in him. But,I do believe that his has paid his dues, and has humbled himself. I truly do believe he will be on the straight and narrow. Mr. Weiner, on the other hand is down right creepy and him, I do not trust.

    July 29, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Eric

    Pot, Kettle, Kettle Pot.

    July 29, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. pat

    There's a pot calling the kettle black joke in here somewhere...I can feel it!

    July 29, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Bernie Tully

    If the Pope can say who am I to judge gays then who am I to judge Spitzer?Consider also the context of a reporter trying to bully him into taking a position on Weiner.

    July 29, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. D Fisher

    Spitzer dissing Weiner for lack of standards??? Now that's chutzpah!

    July 29, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Nospitzingweiners

    So the Clinton's have zip to say about their adopted State's politics.
    I'm sure Hillary and Bill will never be in the same room as Weiner again.
    Despite the stand by your man act Huma will dump Weiner.
    The same illness that compels him to send pictures to women he doesn't know is keeping him in the mayoral race despite crashing polls.
    As for Spitzer? Ugh. What a pal to have, huh?

    July 29, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. Timothy

    Oh, yeah. Eliot Spitzer is much more credible, they are both deceiving.

    July 29, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Peter

    "I don't disagree with you..."

    July 29, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. chris

    he drops out i bet his wife leaves him... finally.

    July 29, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. keyser

    Both of them are liars.

    July 29, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. stayinalive

    "53%, of New York voters believe Weiner should drop out of the race" – The scary part is that 47% thinks he should NOT. Wow, NYC is full of zombies.

    July 29, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. nn

    Weiner/Spitzer should run for presidential race in 2016! Both are idiots so will make a greaT pair.

    July 29, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Loathstheright

    Oh why, oh why do these guys act like Republicans.

    July 29, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. Jez

    Pot calling the Kettle "black", I say.

    July 29, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. Mark

    Not sure why CNN would lead it with 'Even he wont vote for Weiner'. Spitzer might be a lot of things but a fool is not likely one of them; he would gain absolutely nothing by backing him. I really want to believe most rational adults would never think to put their family through this kind of circus just to get elected regardless of whatever party you prefer.

    July 30, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. Anton

    I love Spitzer
    Should run for President.
    I do not care that he had a transaction with an adult that was paid so well THAT it does not even come close to inappropriate.

    July 30, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  19. yalibi

    Well, that just made up my mind. If that bastion of virtue, Spitzer, will not vote for Weiner, how can I?

    July 30, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  20. Freddo

    And neither should Spitzer be Comptroller.

    He flaunted the laws he used to prosecute others. That's FAR worse than Weiner tweeting his selfies.

    July 30, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  21. carlos aponte

    If mr. weiner has enough savy to run then let him be more power to the people of NY city. Maybe it's time for someone like Weinner Anthony be Mayor of NY city, he is got to be able and help the poor in spirit in a city as diverse as NYC.

    July 30, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  22. eric

    This would be hilarious if the picture shown was the picture Weiner made famous. Even HE wouldn't vote for Weiner.

    July 30, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  23. RDM

    WHO CARES!!!! Let the people of New York vote for who they want to.....Let the voters choose.....

    July 30, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  24. Phantom

    I doubt that Anthony Weiner would vote for Anthony Weiner. It's just that he is a professional politician and he needs a job. It doesn't know how to be anything other than a politician.

    July 30, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. Cortanis

    I find it astounding that Weiner thinks it's a good idea to stick his neck out like this after the second round of the scandal hit. Now we also have his campaign manager walking out on him... he basically put out there that he has a snowball's chance of winning.

    July 30, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
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