Stringer lit says Spitzer should be behind bars
Here's a mailer from the Scott Stringer campaign focusing on Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal, a topic Stringer himself initially said he would avoid.
The front of the mailer shows a pair of hands outside of prison bars, and on the inside, is Spitzer's smiling face, and the line "Anyone else who committed Eliot Spitzer's crimes would go to jail."
"He secretly wired money to criminal enterprises and solicited prostitutes" but "faced no legal consequences for his behavior."
It also says "Spitzer just doesn't have the integrity and judgement we need in a comptroller."
The argument here is about values, and trust—a message Stringer made references to in his television ad.
Since making his early assertion that he'd avoid attacking Spitzer over the scandal, Stringer has said repeatedly that Spitzer committed offenses that would have sent other people to jail.
The mailer does not include any line identifying it as coming from the Stringer campaign, although there was a stamp imprinted on the back of this one which said "STRING-2013-1002," next to a union bug.
City election law requires independent groups to identify themselves on mailers they pay for, but not campaigns.
UPDATE: In a statement to Capital, Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for Spitzer's campaign, said, "When the establishment is threatened, they resort to dirty tricks like anonymous mailers. It’s sad that Scott Stringer’s not man enough to put his own name on these false attacks."
UPDATE: In response, Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said, "The statement from the Spitzer campaign is outrageous and offensive. Nobody in this City needs a lesson in manhood from Eliot Spitzer. This is a desperate attempt by the Spitzer campaign to distract from the fact that Eliot Spitzer violated the very laws he strengthened as Governor."