Spitzer Comeback Falls Short
He loses NYC comptroller primary to Scott Stringer
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2013 11:49 PM CDT
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is joined by, from left, his 20-month old son Max, wife Elyse Buxbaum and 14-week old son Miles as he arrives to cast his ballot yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – It's not a night for political comebacks in New York City: Eliot Spitzer has lost his bid to become city comptroller. The former governor lost the Democratic primary to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, whose campaign repeatedly brought up the prostitution scandal that brought down Spitzer in 2008. But unlike Anthony Weiner, whose name was often paired with Spitzer by late-night comics, Spitzer's loss wasn't overwhelming: He was defeated 52% to 48%, according to the New York Times.

Spitzer spent around twice as much as Stringer and employed several Obama campaign veterans to assist in micro-targeting of voters and appeals to minority communities, but his rival had the backing of unions and major newspapers, as well as a superior get-out-the-vote operation. Stringer's wife was often by his side, while Spitzer's wife, Silda, who stood by him in 2008 but is now living separately from him, was absent from the campaign trail, Politico notes.

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midget_farmers
Sep 11, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
he should have ran as a republican...
LibertyReloaded
Sep 11, 2013 4:33 AM CDT
Do these guys ever get real jobs? I've seen this guy in some sort of government position since I was 10, it's suppose to be a public service, we need term limits on all government positions. Spitzer can get a real job like the rest of us, no more free ride bud.
Lefty_Libby
Sep 11, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
Many pols have been forgiven for so much less. Spitzer has so much to offer the people of NYC. This is more of a loss for them, than it is for him.