Spitzer says Weiner should not be mayor
July 29th, 2013
07:22 PM ET
9 years 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. ronjayaz

    Both Sptizer & Weiner are mockeries of demockrazy.

    July 29, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. wrm

    Spitzer, Weiner...Like the setup for a bad, bad joke.

    July 29, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. nuclear mike

    Now this makes a person wonder about the theory of "which is the lesser evil" here....

    July 29, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. sushi

    Too many politicians are hypocrites.

    July 29, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Clown

    Weiner and Spitzer should become best buds and disappear into the sunset.

    July 29, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Just

    Weinberg will stick it out.....

    July 29, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Thomas

    What's more interesting is that 47% of New Yorkers thinks Weiner should stay in the race.

    July 29, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. larry

    Matthews would vote for Weiner in a NY minute.

    July 29, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. john

    Spitzer's indiscretion was rather conventional in nature. Nothing new there. Didn't make it right but nothing unusual.
    Wiener 's texting photo's of his genitals to young women is creepy stuff. He is this fruity looking oddball that capitalized on his position in government to prey on young, easily taken advantage of people. He also continued his activities after his resignation and lied about it.
    There is little comparison between the two men and what got them jammed up. I don't think Spitzer should have ever resigned. He is a huge talent and has much to offer. Wiener is easily replaced.

    July 29, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Too_Funny_But_Not_Haha

    WeinerSpitzer – the everyday arrogance displayed by so many pols – Sanford and "Feelin Her" come to mind too – is just unbelievable.

    July 29, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Ehsan

    No good.. as a member of the "Cheaters Organization", I expected that he will back up his co-cheater

    July 29, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. joe f

    Lots of disgusting weasels in New York.

    July 29, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Chris

    I thought disgraced politicians were all equal. I guess some are more equal than others.

    July 29, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Mike

    Spitzer and Weiner are both jokes

    July 29, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Pot meet kettle.

    July 29, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. JJ

    Neither should you be Comptroller of the State of NY, hypocrite.

    July 29, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Karen

    I voted for Marion Barry, and I'll vote for Weiner.

    July 29, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. perilous

    Well, I'll be voting for him. But not for Spitzer. 🙂

    July 29, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Thom Burke

    The biggest shame is that prior to his scandal, Weiner was very good at speaking about underrepresented issues that effect the middle-class. Too bad he had to screw things up so bad.

    July 29, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Bubbalicious

    The Democrats War on Women continues unabated. Hypocrites!

    July 29, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. Princeton1991

    Whether you like Wiener or not, the fact that he's still trying to stay in the mayoral race is nothing less than remarkable...but, of course, he probably cannot stay in. After all, the press is all too important in deciding this election outcome. Now if only his wife would run instead!

    July 29, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Jackie

    Chris Matthews the GOP worker is pushing the issue while he was the biggest cheerleader to fire Spitzer in 2008. Matthews like other Republicans knew Spitzer was about to indict AIG and Banks and he had to be stopped. Matthews ignored the news of Vice President Cheney exposed as a long time client of the DC Madam as even the NY Times skipped over that news. Spitzer's smile said more then his words as he sees the political attacks on Weiner and his wife will back fire as Matthews will act like he was all for Weiner once elected. Spitzer knows the game and the players and laughed as he knew the GOP political Journalist, Press and Talk Show host will use this but NY citizens will decide who they want. My bet is Spitzer will vote for Weiner and laugh as he does it.

    July 29, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Rob

    Proving once again that New York is smarter than South Carolina who voted their lying, cheating former governor into congress. I applaud Democrats for setting the bar high for their candidates. South Carolina Republicans are complete morons voting Sanford back into office.

    July 29, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Ray

    Well I guess Spitzer loses the Weiner vote also.

    July 29, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. georgegrw

    Who really cares what fetishes these guys have, as long as you do what you need to do in office. I really wouldn't give a crap.

    July 29, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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