Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham to help out Spitzer's opponent
July 26th, 2013
02:36 PM ET
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Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham to help out Spitzer's opponent

(CNN) - Some big Hollywood names are turning out to support Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as he tries to regain lost ground after former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer jumped into the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller.

Actress Scarlett Johansson and TV star Lena Dunham, known for HBO's "Girls," will help host a fundraiser for Stringer in the first week of August, a little more than a month before the two Democrats face off in the September 10 primary.

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According to the invitation, the event will take place at the Maritime Hotel near Chelsea and the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. Tickets range from $50 to $500.

Stringer was considered the frontrunner in the race until Spitzer made a late (and shocking) entry earlier this month. Now Stringer finds himself behind in the polls to the former governor who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal.

Dunham is friends with Stringer spokesperson Audrey Gelman, who had a small but recurring guest role on "Girls" in the first two seasons. Just days after Spitzer made his attention-grabbing entry into the race, Dunham tweeted her support for Stringer.

Johansson has more familial ties to Stringer; her brother used to work for the borough president and her grandmother has long been connected to Stringer. When he was considering a potential mayoral bid last year, Johansson, a New York native, held multiple fundraisers for him.

Stringer also got a boost earlier this week when popular Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, announced her support for the candidate.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed Spitzer edging out Stringer by a four point margin among likely Democratic primary voters. Spitzer stood at 49% while Stringer was at 45%.

But a second poll from NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist among Democrats likely to vote in the September primary indicated a much larger 12-point gap between the two candidates. That survey showed Spitzer at 48% and Stringer at 36%.

Speaking on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" Wednesday, Stringer claimed name recognition was largely responsible for Spitzer's lead in the polls.

"You know what happens? The person with those liabilities starts out ahead because of name recognition. At the end of the day, voters realize what is happening and vote for the candidate they believe will represent them. That candidate gets elected," Stringer said.

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York • Scott Stringer
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gawd!! She's GORGEOUS!
    And I'm straight!

    July 26, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    She looks like she's looking for it.

    July 26, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. freedom

    Maybe these two gals can join Huma in support of her perverted husband too! You democrat women can't Ping-Pong back and forth about your self-righteous women's rights. You are degrading and humiliating yourselves. I guess with a role model like Hilary Clinton......what difference does it make??

    July 26, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Beautiful Babes Untied Against Client-9 and Carlos Danger

    No women in her right mind would vote for Spitzer and Weiner.

    July 26, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    As a native New Yorker, I'm going with the guy with a proven track record of holding people accountable. I can't recall when I've seen this much attention to the Comptroller position.

    July 26, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    freedumb, your attempting to create strawmen of everything is tiresome. To borrow your own words: you are degrading and humiliating yourself.

    July 26, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gawd!! She's GORGEOUS!
    And I'm straight!
    Just because you're on a diet doesn't mean you can't look at the menu. LMAO

    July 26, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |