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. JH

    it's pretty bad when you can't even get your peers (disgraced politicians who should really just go away, but crave power too much for that) won't vote for you.

    July 30, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  2. Al

    I do enjoy seeing all the disgraced fine people that want to get back into politics after doing wrong, and then trying to justify their actions. How great is that do wrong, go away and the I D I O T S will forget and let you back into power, so that you can do your deed yet again.

    July 30, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  3. pachy

    The greatest city in the greatest country in the world.

    And now we have two preverts running for office.

    I agree with Major Guano.

    July 30, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  4. ME

    Wait a second here.....

    Spitzer's problems....between him and his wife.....grown-up problems.....affairs going on since the beginning of time........unfortunately, some men are just never satisfied with one companion...

    Weiner broadcasts his privates for the world to see....those pictures could be on the internet....children could see them...disgusting..

    July 30, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  5. Monstah13

    Second paragraph, fourth word – remove it. What makes's Spitzer's disgrace "former"? Is there a freshness date on politician's bad behavior? Even if there is, this one still smells bad. Better leave it outside for a bit longer.

    July 30, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  6. addison

    They both deserve to watch politics from the outside..

    July 30, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  7. Sane Person

    Pot, Hi, this is Kettle, how ya doin?

    July 30, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  8. Minnie Mouse

    Anthony Weiner does need to drop out of the NewYork mayoral race. He has to many ongoing personal issues that need to be addressed in private and not in the public. He is unable at the time to seperate his personal life from his work life, which will cause distractions and interferences if he lands the job.

    July 30, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  9. No One

    I like seeing Spitzer in the press, it reminds me how low human beings really can sink.

    July 30, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  10. tet1953

    Weiner may have been able to survive even this new round of scandal had he handled it right. But, the arrogance and absence of any contrition at all will finish him. It simply isn't true that it is between he and his wife. It goes to character.

    July 30, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  11. reddog9500

    Spitzer and Weiner belong in jail. Not representing the people of New York.

    July 30, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  12. Quixote

    Spitzer may have had a fall from grace, pr Jane, or whoever that was, , but at least he has an imprsaive list of achievements. Weener is just a weener. He can continue to run but he has no chance and he just hurts his wife if he stays in the race

    July 30, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  13. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Well, Eliot should know, having some small experience in matters of the heart.

    July 30, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  14. Nancy

    Well, there's the pot calling the kettle black! And, unfortunately, it's NOT unbelievable!

    July 30, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  15. Bill D

    Who is Spitzer to say anything? While I agree Weiner shouldn't be mayor, Spitzer should keep quiet. What he did is a lot worse than what Weiner has done.

    July 30, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. truthteller

    Does seem like a case of the pot calling the kettle black

    July 30, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. poanjb67

    I wouldn't be too judgemental if I were you ole Spitzer boy!!!

    July 30, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  18. mike

    Weiner is no worse than Clinton, Sandford, Newt, and the rest of these shameless sob's. After SCOTUS decision on gays, I don't see anything to be surprised about.

    Perhaps Barney Frank and Weiner can run for office together.

    July 30, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  19. 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?

    July 30, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Spitzer has done a better job of rehabilitating his image than Weiner. In fact, Weiner hasn't done anything on that front. Spitzer is running for a smaller office than those that he once held. Weiner. He's running for a bigger office than the one he had resigned.

    Spitzer has waited five years before making a return to politics, and has not been completely out of the public eye during the interim. Weiner dropped out of public eye for a 12-18 months, and suddenly appears from out of nowhere running for the biggest office of his life.

    I think Spitzer and Weiner are going to be required reading in political science courses in the future. They would make for a good one day lecture, especially Anthony Weiner.

    July 30, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  21. Edward

    How odd that the Pope will not judge homosexuals yet Spritzer feels free to judge Weiner. I think both of the men are excellent representatives for the people, but they both have a problem

    July 30, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Yeah, right Spitzer... you don't want him messing around on your turf, eh?

    July 30, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. Jean

    My goodness, joke No. 2 in New York poltics right now has spoken let mestop and pay heed. Does this guy actually think anyone cares what he thinks of Weiner???? He's just as bad, if not worse – he actually met the women and slept wih them. They are both narcissist pigs in their own special ways.

    July 30, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. Rudy NYC


    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.
    Here's some food for thought. Anthony Weiner's problems began when he mistakenly sent a *public* tweets, instead of a private direct message, that contained lewd photos. In other words, Weiner went streaking across Twitter for all the world to see.

    July 30, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Uncle Sam

    Hey Spitz, who are you kidding?

    July 30, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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