NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Eliot Spitzer has launched explosive allegations against his own party. The former New York governor claims a group of Democrats is trying to prevent him from getting on the ballot for city comptroller. It’s a race against time to collect the signatures he needs to run, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday.
Spitzer must be a pretty scary guy because his entry into the Democratic primary for comptroller has mobilized union officials and Democratic Party insiders to mount a blatant campaign to intimidate people from helping him run.
Spitzer is in a last-minute mad dash to qualify for the ballot. He has 100 well-paid people helping him collect the necessary 3,750 signatures. Friends were to hold a petition party Wednesday night. He told CBS 2’s Kramer the effort to keep him off the ballot represents all that’s bad in the New York political process — a process that has seen dozens of elected officials charged in corruption cases.
Pundits say the so-called “anti-Spitzer coalition,” the people who want to see Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer get the job, are afraid of the former governor’s candidacy, Kramer reported.
Meanwhile, Stringer was on a search-and-destroy mission Wednesday, charging that Spitzer, who left office in a prostitution scandal, was a failure as governor and lacked temperament.
The rubber will meet the road for Spitzer on Thursday night at midnight. That’s when his petitions are due and that’s when we’ll find out whether he’ll really be on the ballot.