First on CNN: Spitzer strikes populist theme in new ad blitz
August 7th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
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First on CNN: Spitzer strikes populist theme in new ad blitz

Washington (CNN) - Eliot Spitzer is unleashing a pair of new television ads Wednesday in the New York City comptroller's race framing himself as an anti-establishment populist, a theme he has been hitting on the campaign trail since unexpectedly jumping into the race last month.

Both of the 30-second ads are titled "You," and portray Spitzer as a champion of working people standing up against special interests, corporations and Wall Street – "an independent voice," as Spitzer's campaign has taken to describing the former governor and attorney general.

"Those corporations that Eliot Spitzer caught underpaying their low-wage workers don't want him as comptroller," a narrator says in one. "And those Wall Street firms he caught cheating millions of investors don't want him either. And neither does the political establishment desperate to maintain its power. Which just leaves you, the people he's always fought for."

Another version of the spot presses a similar message using stirring music and text, laid over images of New Yorkers.

Spitzer, who is financing his own campaign, has had the television airwaves to himself for roughly two weeks in an effort to define the campaign on his own terms before commercial breaks become swamped with ad buys from the city's many mayoral candidates.

The ads out Wednesday are his third and fourth of the campaign, after his debut ad apologizing for the prostitution scandal that led to his 2008 resignation in Albany, and a Spanish-language ad released this week.

His opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, has yet to go on the air, though a pair of outside groups have been formed by business, labor and women's groups with the express purpose of derailing Spitzer's bid.

But Spitzer is trying to turn that opposition into an advantage by portraying himself as a populist insurgent. There are also fissures in the establishment supposedly lining up for Stringer: the Civil Service Employees Association, New York's largest public sector union, endorsed Spitzer on Tuesday.

Spitzer's early television blitz and his name recognition appear to be paying dividends among Democratic primary voters, according to polls. In the most recent, a Marist poll released last week, Spitzer led Stringer 48-36 among likely voters, and he held impressive leads among African-American and Hispanic voters, crucial voting blocs in the Democratic primary.

Spitzer also held a 12-point lead among female voters. The primary is Sept. 10.

At a fundraiser on Tuesday evening, Stringer was asked about his deficit in the polls by a reporter from the web site Capital New York.

His response: "I'm winning the primary. Hello!?"


Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    and what does any of this have to do with the office he is seeking? nothing! just more bs from a democrat bs artist. anything to divert attention from his perverted activities. isn't there a gutter in nyc that these people can crawl into?

    August 7, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    He's just another corrupt Democrat, who seeks to live off the public, as a government official.

    August 7, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Please look at the polls of world opinion of the United States. They are lower since Obama took office.

    From the world opinion dot org poll taken in May:

    Views of the US have shown some sharp declines among the citizens of its allies the UK (46%, down from 60%), France (52%, down from 62%), and Germany (35%, down from 44%), as well as in Egypt (24%, down from 37%). On a global scale, however, views have only slipped slightly (from 47% to 45% positive, with 34% now negative)."

    LOL. And you think that has nothing to do with the GOP? Conflating such overly generalized data about views of the US as a whole with being totally causally related to Obama is absurd. For all you know from that data, the dips in "approval" are 100% related to our allies being PO'd over the fact that US is in a total standstill and harming the global economy on a regular basis because of the GOP/Teatrolls' temper tantrums, shutdown threats and threats to default on the nation's debts. Learn to read studies and understand what the mathematical results actually mean. Drawing absurd conclusions that aren't supported by the data is dishonest.

    August 7, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. just sayin

    Sniffit
    "Please look at the polls of world opinion of the United States. They are lower since Obama took office.
    From the world opinion dot org poll taken in May:
    Views of the US have shown some sharp declines among the citizens of its allies the UK (46%, down from 60%), France (52%, down from 62%), and Germany (35%, down from 44%), as well as in Egypt (24%, down from 37%). On a global scale, however, views have only slipped slightly (from 47% to 45% positive, with 34% now negative)."
    LOL. And you think that has nothing to do with the GOP?
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    bwahahahhaha.... ok so when the polls go up it is all because of obama and when they go down it is all because of the republicans?? or did you mean to say george bush?? ooops, can't say that anymore.

    yes, we have seen and heard this same thing for the last 4.5 years. obama is a god that walks on water and never does anything wrong and never fails at anything. therefore everything that is wrong or broken is somebody elses fault.

    problem being, everybody isn't drinking the koolaide that you obviously are.

    August 7, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Oh, we get it all right. We get it that every time you're caught in deception, intellectual dishonesty, or an outright lie, you reply that you were "being sarcastic". I guess "being sarcastic" in Rudyville means "I was lying".
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    Truth be told, what lie have I sold?

    "That many? Yeah, but how many times as POTUS, though? Don't you just love the way the right wing lies to you by telling you only half the truth? They do it all of the time. It's how they can do it with such a straight face all the time. You cannot accuse the of outright lying. They just like to cherry pick the facts that they like."

    "Like I always say, sarcasm is totally wasted on the right wing. They don't get it. Just because the article says that he's appeared on Leno six times does not automatically mean that he's appered on Leno six times as POTUS, which he hasn't BTW."

    Oh, I get it now. When I "lie", that means I am actually telling a truth that contradicts the right wing's world view. No, Fair, the only lie being "told" was misrepresenting that facts to make it seem that Pres. Obama has appeared on Leno six times since he first took the oath of office. Like I said, the right wing likes to cherry pick or misrepresent the facts.

    August 7, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. kirk

    Facts won't get in the way

    August 7, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    ...zer led Stringer 48-36 among likely voters, and he held impressive leads among African-American and Hispanic voters, crucial voting blocs in the Democratic primary.
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    Minority voters might be remembering that he selected David Paterson, the nation's first blind governor, to be his runnng mate.

    August 7, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. kirk

    Just.exactly shat policies are the repubs offering that they have not used.Romney would have him and the likes paying no tax...while explaining we have a revenue shortage and giving the rich a pass on taxes is the answer. You do realise the gop is the party that ruined our economy right? What would be different other than my as I paid into for thirty plus year's would be worthless the rich need more tax breaks.much more important than the working class.the fact that you buy into if does not say much for you

    August 7, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Views of the US have shown some sharp declines among the citizens of its allies the UK (46%, down from 60%), France (52%, down from 62%), and Germany (35%, down from 44%), as well as in Egypt (24%, down from 37%). On a global scale, however, views have only slipped slightly (from 47% to 45% positive, with 34% now negative)."
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    Great Britan's number must have something to do with that "world tour" Romney took last year. Besides, Eurozone is still made at us for crashing the global economy. Most of it still hasn't recovered. They're seeing doulble and triple dip recessions, and they naturally blame the U.S. It has nothing to do with Pres. Obama. They're the ones repeatedly imposing austerity spending cuts on themselves, stalling their own economies.

    BTW, World opinion of the U.S. went way up after Pres. Obama was sworn in. I know the doubting Thomases are going to forget about the Nobel Peace Prize and all. But, what are facts for, anyway What difference does it make at this point?

    August 7, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. tom l

    @Sniffit
    "LOL. And you think that has nothing to do with the GOP?"

    That is such a classic Sniffit (and liberal response). So, are we to blame world opinion on Bush being negative due to Pelosi and Reid calling him a loser and a liar and a total failure? How about the fact that many on the left, even to this day, say he stole the election? Why are these people valid in their criticism yet for some reason when a democrat (who happens to be of mixed race) is in office there is no criticism other than pure racism. So sad that you live life that way.

    August 7, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |