Spitzer says Weiner should not be mayor
July 29th, 2013
07:22 PM ET
1 year 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. Rudy NYC

    smitty

    Spitzer is one to comment, but the fact that only 53% of New Yorkers believe Weiner should drop out speaks volumes about the IQ of New Yorkers, anyone else see a problem with this?
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    I think the actual number is higher than 53%, Remember, they polled only registered Democrats who have voted in past primaries. Also, I think it would make a significant difference as to which borough that you poll. I would xpect Weiner to do better in Queens and Brooklyn, where his old House district was, and not so well in Manhattan, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

    July 30, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. l2003

    I I find it funny that everyone is getting on Weiner because of something that happened years ago, I frankly don't care what happens between him and HIS MARRIAGE. Everyone in politics are not saints just Weiner got caught. If Bill Clinton a former president who had an affair in the DAMN White House can be forgiven and did two terms why can't Weiner become Mayor????

    July 30, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. the blood

    NO....the height of hypocrisy is the Clintons getting their shorts in a knot over Weiner.

    July 30, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. liberal disease

    none of these liberals deserve to hold any office,including that doufas in the white house running around 5 years later talking about jobs..I thought the stimulus was supposed to take care of that?

    July 30, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. laughable

    The fact that we are spending so much time deliberating Weiner is a sad state of affairs in this country – Detroit, crashed, the economy is ill; if not terminal, and Obamacare looks like it was stillborn. our woldwide standing has plummeted, and we are fighting losing wars.....

    July 30, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Uncle Sam

    So happy to hear Mr. Spitzer holding the integrity bar so high.

    July 30, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. devereaux

    Americans have a short attention span and an unrealistic expectation about how quickly an economy can be turned around. The politicians cannot accomplish anything on their own, the united citizens need to make their voices heard. The tool of divide and conquer is being weilded by the two parties quite effectively. Reminds me of some third world country mentality. How sad for such a great nation

    July 30, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Steveo

    So Weiner should not be mayor but its cool for Spitzer to be comptroller? That is like the right hand bad mouthing the left hand for being a hand! Maybe Spitzer is not too fond of the possibilty that he may have Weiner as his boss?

    July 30, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. dave

    Excuse me, did A Weiner break any law, did he have sex outside his marriage - I think did do some dirty talk, said he stopped, but he did it again, plus some pics THAT'S IT RIGHT??? Spitzer went to a prostitute over and over and paid large amounts of cash he committed felonies and adultery

    July 30, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Steveo

    @laughable

    The fact that we are spending so much time deliberating Weiner is a sad state of affairs in this country – Detroit, crashed, the economy is ill; if not terminal, and Obamacare looks like it was stillborn. our woldwide standing has plummeted, and we are fighting losing wars.....
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    Its called low hanging fruit!

    July 30, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Michael

    Thank you RUDY NYC. I'm no apologist for Spitzer, but his situation is different. To our knowledge, he has not again infracted since being disgraced and he's waited a full 5 years before trying to get back into office, and then to a position that is very circumscribed and contained. Weiner didn't wait 5 minutes after being publicly disgraced to continue his shennanigans and now after just 2 years he's asking to be elevated to the highest office in the city. The narcissism, arrogance and delusionality of Weiner is mind-boggling. The fact that he can put his wife through this kind of public humiliation... AGAIN, says volumes about his character. Spitzer, however, appears to have been chastened.

    July 30, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. SteveoS

    The fact that Weiner sent photos after he was busted the first time speaks volumes of his inability to control himself. I personally think he's just not very bright and wouldn't make a good mayor. Spitzer was put on the spot and it's obvious he was uncomfortable answering the question. I think Spitzer is a bright, calculated person and will do fine politically. Politicians have a history of this behavior but it's their ability to adapt once bitten that sets them apart. That's why Weiner is just a straight out dope...

    July 30, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Lee Warren

    Even spitzer sees thru him now!

    July 30, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Laurie

    Does anyone BUT Weiner think he should be mayor? I truly hope not. We have enough scurrilous people in politics without adding another, especially one who's already been proven to be a liar and cheat.

    July 30, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. oreo

    The fact that he is a total fraud and no good commie makes him a qualified candidate for NYC Mayor.

    July 30, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. katincal

    If folks are stupid enough to vote for him then they get what they deserve!

    July 30, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. TJ

    Spitzer understands that every time Wiener's peccadilos are mentioned it indirectly reminds voters of Spitzer's past. By saying he wouldn't vote for Wiener Spitzer distances himself and puts more pressure on Wiener to leave the headlines.

    July 30, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. NorCalMojo

    I'm rooting for a Weiner-win. I like to laugh at politics and this guy is a comedy goldmine.

    You know more is coming. When he gets caught in the latest lie, he'll come up with a new one.

    How many times has he changed his story so far? Are we up to 4 or 5?

    July 30, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Michael wrote:

    Thank you RUDY NYC. I'm no apologist for Spitzer, but his situation is different. To our knowledge, he has not again infracted since being disgraced and he's waited a full 5 years before trying to get back into office, and then to a position that is very circumscribed and contained.
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    I left out the most significant difference between the two. When Spitzer's original transgressions became known, he resigned about 36 hours later. When Weiner's original transgressions became known, he refused to resign.

    Weiner let it drag on for two weeks, including spending $45,000 of campaign cash on private investigators to find out who hacked his account and sent the pictures. Weiner knew full well that his account had not been hacked. He finally resigned only when it became obvious that he had lied and lied, and was categorically condemned by top Democrats. It appears that Weiner is doing it all over again, much to the chagrin of top Democrats.

    July 30, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    liberal disease

    none of these liberals deserve to hold any office,including that doufas in the white house running around 5 years later talking about jobs..I thought the stimulus was supposed to take care of that?
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    If think that the Stimulus didn't work, then consider this. The whole country at the time was crying, "You helped Wall Street, now what about Main Street?" Many Republicans voted for it, including Paul Ryan, because 40% of it was tax cuts. The rest was to be used for "shovel ready" construction projects, which did not exist in abundance witin the allotted time frame. Because of the economy, many of the biggest projects had been cancelled. So most of that money was redirected into, you guessed it, more tax cuts.

    The moral of the story is simple. If you think that the Stimulus was a failure, then what you are really saying is that tax cuts are a failed strategy for stimulating an economy in a recession.

    July 30, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. JoshO

    Hopefully this Weener guy will win and Bloomberg will be free to focus on telling the rest of America what we can and can't eat, think, say, own, defend ourselves with, etc. I can't wait to have a billionaire make all my decisions for me.

    July 30, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. HereWeGoAgain

    They should both go get 9-5 jobs... they chose to enter politics and screwed up... that's it, your done, move on, you blew it.

    July 30, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Uncle Sam

    Is it just me, or does Mr. Weiner look a little bit overtaxed? Can't a guy just text a very pictures in private, does everyone need to know about his little fetish? Elect him already and take his mind off these hot young beautiful chicks.

    July 30, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. kenb

    I think Spitzy should get out of the comptroller race and switch to running for mayor...ain't gonna happen but just a thought.

    July 30, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. EdL

    I think Weiner should not bother running for mayor. It is not too early to begin campaigning for president. Many who voted for Obama would enthusiastically vote for Weiner.

    July 30, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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