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. wassamatteryou

    Isn't it about time that we had a less than honest and less than morally correct elected to office in this country.
    I am so sick and tired of these innocents being denied the opportunity to lead us down their merry garden path.

    July 29, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. kuewa

    Pot meets kettle and tries to deflect some heat. However, it appears that Spitzer's activities were illegal whereas Wiener's activities were in the realm of criminal idiocy.

    July 29, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. kit8

    If, Spitzer a bird of the same feather will not forgive you then who will beside your wife?

    July 29, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Milt

    Even Eliot has standards.

    July 29, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Vince

    That is a silly argument. Those are private conversations. Are you going to fire anyone who sends a racy message to his wife from office? Do they have to change computers to send private messages from work? This is the kind of silly argument people make when they don't just want to say they personally don't like the behavior, and they are going to fire someone because of that.

    July 29, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Realist

    Spitzer is a Hypocrite.
    He should join Weiner on the garbage dump of history.

    July 29, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. broham

    I wish Spitzer stayed, hes awesome.

    July 29, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. ALLuh

    Pot, kettle, black, but I can see his point.

    July 29, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. cebundy

    Pots and kettles. What a hypocrite!

    July 29, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. paul

    hypocrit or what

    July 29, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. damn John

    as a voter who mostly votes democrat, I would never vote for this fool, and he is the true definition of one.

    July 29, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Daniel


    July 29, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Walter

    Pot meet kettle.

    July 29, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. LastoftheZucchiniFlowers

    Eliot's the worst. I'm sure WEENER is voting for him, either. Two of a kind – they should sell bookends/bobbleheads of these two dunces and hawk them downtown for $1.00. Demented chutzpah boys with NO SENSE OF SHAME. They needs to crawl into two adjoining holes and stay there / may their names be erased.

    July 29, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Uncle Sam

    Good. ANd hopefully you will not be elected either.

    July 29, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Johnny DC

    Spitzer is using the ever-worshipped liberal tactic of sampling the direction of the wind and then setting his moral sails to capture it.

    If he was so brave, he would have made this announcement a week before the latest Weiner scandal, not after.

    But he isn't so brave after all. He's a liberal.

    July 29, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. johnny mustard

    Who cares about either one of these morons ?

    July 29, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. jon boy

    Does that mean 47% think he should be mayor? On the positive side, at least you know he's lying when he speaks so you always know the truth is something he's not said.

    July 29, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. LenMe

    I can't believe either one of these guys is running for political office. Their egos are larger than their brains.

    July 29, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. TravelSheryl

    So Scott Stringer, what would you have said if Spitzer endorsed Wiener. You would have jumped on that as well, wouldn't you. When it comes to politics, you can't win for losing.

    July 29, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Dude6687

    Crooks and liars. That about covers all Democrats. But I bet single women turn out in drives for both these candidates.

    July 29, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. tokalosh0

    I can't possibly be the first one to write this: The pot has surely called the kettle black!

    July 29, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. cathryn binu

    Are you kidding me??? This is like the pot calling the kettle black so to speak... !!!

    July 29, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Bayou

    While I am not condoning Mr. Spitzer's past actions, he is not the one who continued engaging in the inappropriate behavior that cost him his office. Anthony Weiner did so well after he resigned from Congress (up to a year after) which makes me not inclined to give him another chance at serving in public office. Elliot Spitzer, while again was inappropriate himself, has acknowledged his actions were wrong and has spent time rebuilding his image to the public, and so far, has not be found of any continued wrong doing so I can at least consider a vote for him.

    July 29, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. adam4x4

    some people would like to lump spitzer and wiener together. I'm not buying it. spitzer got too big for his britches and thought he could have it all. I think he learned his lesson. the world is full of people like spitzer. weiner, on the other hand has a serious problem. I do not trust him at all and I don't think anyone else should either. I'm 60 years old and I've never said that about anyone else but I'd feel very, very guilty if I didn't put it out there. Weiner is a weirdo and it would be a sin to vote for him. he needs psychiatric help l-o-n-g t-e-r-m!!!

    July 29, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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