The pro-Stringer establishment includes Spitzer's old running mate
Eliot Spitzer may be the most recognizable candidate in the comptroller's race (assuming he gets the nearly 4000 signatures he'll need to submit by Thursday to get onto the ballot), but as he said in an interview with Maggie Haberman, he's also very much the anti-establishment candidate.
That's certainly true, since organized labor and nearly all of local Democratic officialdom is backing Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who aborted a mayoral bid to run for comptroller.
During a radio interview this morning, Stringer expressed confidence that he'd have the lion's share of support.
After radio host John Gambling said the man Spitzer picked to be lieutenant governor, David Paterson, was torn between the two candidates, Stringer said, "I know David is going to stand with me, vote for me."
Moments later, Gambling announced that Paterson had called the station to confirm his support for Stringer.
In 2008, when Paterson assumed the governorship after Spitzer's resignation, he criticized his erstwhile patron's governing style. Spitzer reportedly called Paterson at the time to demand an apology. None was forthcoming.
"This male quest for redemption? I don't know. ... Go to a monastery and meditate on it." — Linda Rosenthal
Two of Assemblyman Dov Hikinds' sons have part-time jobs with other Assembly members that entitle them to free health care. [Reuven Blau]
"Spitzer made enormous spending commitments that proved to be unsustainable, laying the groundwork for a massive budget gap once the economy imploded." [E.J. McMahon]
Spitzer says he's the anti-establishment candidate. [Maggie Haberman]
One editorial board is not excited at all at seeing Spitzer on the campaign trail. [New York Times]
What Michael Bloomberg did to affordable housing in New York. [Cindy Rodriguez]
Eliot Spitzer's real-estate career, in exile. [Dana Rubinstein]
Spitzer makes his sweaty, Peyser-attended return. [Reid Pillifant]
Scott Stringer offers a contrast or several. [Dana Rubinstein]
Anthony Weiner stays on message. [Azi Paybarah]
Joe Lhota says, "Talk to the Democrats." [Reid Pillifant]
Michael Bloomberg praised Stringer. [Dana Rubinstein]
Weiner won't cede the bike issue to Bill de Blasio. [Dana Rubinstein]
Meet the new Village Voice editor. [Joe Pompeo]
Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's campaign events are "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT."
8:15 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese attends the Shema Kolainu 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast, Renaissance Ballroom, 5902 14th Avenue, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013 #ShemaBreakfast
9:15 a.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer delivers brief remarks at the Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast, Renaissance Ballroom, 5902 14th Avenue, Brooklyn. @ScottmStringer
9:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner attends the Community Service Society and Alliance to Preserve Public Housing briefing on NYCHA's draft annual plan for 2014, at 105 East 22nd Street (between Lexington Ave. and Park Ave. South) Manhattan. @AnthonyWeiner
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presides over a bill signing ceremony, in the Blue Room at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: BuzzFeed's Kate Nocera discusses the Affordable Healthcare Act. Also: Scott Stringer discusses his race for comptroller. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @KateNocera #Obamacare @ScottmStringer #NYCcomp
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: "More on Eliot Spitzer's attempted political comeback and what it could mean for Gov. Cuomo" with Politico's Maggie Haberman and others. [Talk1300] @FUD31 @MaggiePolitico
11:15 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses driver safety at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street in Buffalo. @nygovCuomo
Noon. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson receives an endorsement, at 25 Pitt Street (at the corner of Broome Street) Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC
5:15 p.m. Albanese meets and greets riders on the ferry to Rockaway and advocates for permanent ferry service to the peninsula, at Pier 11 / Wall Street, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013
7 p.m. Albanese meets and greets concert-goers in Bay Ridge, 79th Street and Shore Road, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": Wise Guys segment with former senator Al D'Amato and guests former comptroller Liz Holtzman and former congressman Bob Turner. Also: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @AlDamatoNY @BobTurnerNY
Christine Quinn is proposing changes to the restaurant grading system to make it easier to avoid fines and penalties. [Mara Gay]
More on Quinn's plan. [Nathan Place]
Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu attended 47 graduations this year. [Joseph Burgess]
Scott Stringer: "Bring it on." [Colby Hamilton]
"A career lightweight like Scott Stringer shouldn’t essentially be running unopposed for city controller, even if the opposition is Spitzer." [Mike Lupica]
The key questions facing Spitzer. [Anna Sale]
The reaction to Spitzer's campaign is not overly welcoming. [Michael Barbaro and David Chen]
"Mr. Stringer and his surrogates made it clear they would remind voters of Mr. Spitzer's past." [Michael Howard Saul]
A friend of Silda Wall Spitzer said she didn't want to be dragged back into the spotlight by her husband's campaign. [Sally Goldenberg]
One editorial board said Spitzer's sex scandal may distract from his other controversial behavior as attorney general and governor. [New York Post]
Pundits do not automatically dismiss Spitzer's chances. [Ryan Chatelain and Rebecca Ungarino]
"A friend confirmed to the Daily News that the couple has been living apart." [Ken Lovett, Jennifer Fermino and Celeste Katz]
One Daily News columnist says Spitzer isn't really running for the office he thinks he's running for. [Bill Hammond]
Another Daily News columnist will not be voting for Spitzer. [Denis Hamill]
Also: Spitzer is photographed with Thomas Lopez Pierre. [David Handschuh]
Flashback: Despite sending racist, homophobic screeds about white, Jewish landlords gentrifying neighborhoods, Pierre did promise to "pivot" back toward sanity. [Azi Paybarah]
Former assemblyman Richard Brodsky said Spitzer's "steamroller" comment will be a problem. [Jimmy Vielkind]
City Hall / City Council
How nonprofits in outgoing Councilman Dan Halloran's districts are getting funding, thanks to his colleagues and participatory budgeting. [Lisa Colangelo]