Spitzer gets his signatures, while Stringer shows the usefulness of party backing

Spitzer and Stringer. (Azi Paybarah)
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Eliot Spitzer arrived at the New York City Board of Elections office last night with several cardboard boxes which, he said, were 27,000 petition signatures.

Without regard to how many of those signatures are actually valid, it means his campaign team collected an average of 281 signatures per hour over about 96 hours. In any event, the total is likely far enough beyond the required minimum to withstand any challenge.

Meanwhile, Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president and Spitzer's Democratic opponent, announced he had filed 100,000 signatures, which is the most of any citywide candidate.

Stringer's petitioning advantage is more a demonstration of his establishment backing than his popular support. Shortly after he decided to withdraw from the mayor's race and run instead of comptroller, Stringer managed to clear the field of other Democratic candidates, and became the default choice of the party organizations. So whenever a Democratic club carried petitions for its chosen slate, its members were collecting signatures for Stringer.

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Stringer actually trailed Spitzer in a head-to-head poll from the Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist earlier this week, largely because of name recognition.

The poll showed that many voters outside Manahttan "never heard of" Stringer: 45 percent in the Bronx, 44 percent in Brooklyn, 29 percent in Manhattan and 52 percent in Queens and Staten Island.

Spitzer's numbers in that category are, unsurprisingly, much lower: 25 percent in the Bronx, 17 percent in Brooklyn, 18 percent in Manhattan and 19 percent in Queens and Staten Island.

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Petition signature totals: Bill Thompson-75,000; John Liu-65,000; Bill de Blasio-60,000; Christine Quinn-46,000; Anthony Weiner-30,000; John Catsimatidis-25,000; Joe Lhota-17,000; Scott Stringer-100,000; Eliot Spitzer-27,000. [Michael Grynbaum and Thomas Kaplan]

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's campaign for "information about contributions from superstorm Sandy contractors." [Celeste Hadrick]

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Anthony Weiner on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's taxi overhaul plan: "I'm going to change that program the moment I get into office." [Dana Rubinstein and Reid Pillifant]

Andrew Goldman is leaving The New York Times magazine's 'Talk' position. [Joe Pompeo]

Bill Thompson, flexing his muscles, drops off 75,000 petition signatures. [Dana Rubinstein]

Bill de Blasio to Anthony Weiner: "I know you have a tendency to think the world revolves around you," and "you can't defend your vote for vacancy decontrol." [Reid Pillifant]

Some voters explain why they're supporting Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. [Azi Paybarah]

Spitzer says he doesn't plan to steamroll. [Azi Paybarah]

Weiner appeared on Spitzer's CNN show arguing for uncompromising executive leadership. [Dana Rubinstein]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Onondaga and Suffolk Counties."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has "No public events scheduled."

Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese "has no public events scheduled for the day."

10 a.m. The "Stop Anthony Weiner" group has a press conference outside his home, at 254 Park Avenue South. [@StopAnthonyWeiner]

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Times reporter Danny Hakim on "whether there's any connection between convicted Madam and comptroller candidate Kristin Davis and Eliot Spitzer." [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @DannyHakim #Spitzer

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: "Note: I'M SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR AN ''OFFICIAL SONG'' TO BE DEDICATED TO GOV. CUOMO." [Talk1300] @Fud31

11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner meets with senior citizens at the Casabe House, 150 East 121st Street (between Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave) Manhattan. @AnthonyWeiner #NYC2013

11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson discusses his plan to immediately fix NYCHA, in City Hall Park (across from the NYCHA office at 250 Broadway) Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC #FixNYCHA #NYC2013

1 p.m. Weiner discusses his proposal for ferry ridership in New York City, at the East 34th Street Ferry Terminal, by East 34th Street (below the FDR Drive Main Road) Manhattan. @AnthonyWeiner #NYC2013 #KeysToTheCity

6 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio talk with voters at the Celebrate Brooklyn Summit, by the north entrance to the Prospect Park Bandshell (entrance on 9th Street and Prospect Park West) Brooklyn. @DeBlasioNYC

7 p.m. Weiner attends the Seaside Summer Concert Series at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue (next to Keyspan Park) Brooklyn. @AnthonyWeiner<.p>

7 p.m. On "Inside City Hall": Frederich Rich, author of Christian Nation. Also, a tour of Councilman Dan Garodnick's district. And the Reporter's Roundtable. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @DanGarodnick#NYC2013 #CD04 #Spitzer

11:35 p.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, along with comedian Bill Hader, who portrayed Spitzer on Saturday Night Live. [NBC.com h/t @Grynbaum ]

Mayor's Race

Video clips from a contentious mayoral forum yesterday morning. [Ben Max]

Comptroler's Race

Reuters: "Spitzer has enough signatures to run for NYC comptroller" [Francesca Trianni]

"Spitzer's opponents or others could challenge signatures for reasons such as incomplete addresses or missing dates." [Jennifer Peltz]

"There will undoubtedly be challenges to many of the signatures as invalid, and it could take weeks before it’s resolved, election experts predicted." [Maggie Haberman]

The 27,000 signatures Spitzer submitted "will likely make it harder for challenges to succeed in reducing Mr. Spitzer's total below the necessary threshold." [Andrew Grossman and Joe Jackson]

Spitzer: "I would think that anybody who would challenge 27,000 signatures would be sending a statement that they don’t really believe in democracy, they don’t believe in primaries, they don’t believe in the fundamental notion of competition to seek the votes of the citizens of this state." [Sally Goldenberg, Georgette Roberts and Carl Campanile]

Scott Stringer said he's not about knocking people off the ballot. [NY1]

A Wall Street Journal columnist thinks post-scandal pols should take a lesson from John Profumo and walk away. [Peggy Noonan]

2014

Rodney Capel, the executive director of the New York State Democratic Party, said they are developing "the most advanced digital outreach operation of any state in the country." [Erica Orden]

More on the state party's 2014 plans. [Azi Paybarah]

Washington

Harry Reid seems ready to reform the filibuster, though he's threatened that before. [Jeremy Peters]

The House finally, narrowly, passed a scaled-back farm bill. [David Rogers]

"Mr. Obama and black liberals in Congress all support minimum wage laws that do great harm to African-Americans in places like D.C." [Wall Street Journal]

In an op-ed, a constitutional law professor said the N.S.A.'s surveillance program is unconstitutional. [Randy Barnett]

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