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Bio: Azi Paybarah is a reporter for Capital. He has covered politics for The New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun and the New York Press.
There's almost no doubt at this point that there will be a runoff for the Democratic mayoral nomination.
Eliot Spitzer did two nationally televised interviews yesterday, with Jake Tapper on CNN and Stephen Colbert on The Daily Show.
On July 15, candidates running for city office filed their latest campaign disclosure report, detailing how they are spending money to get elected.
Candidates who have campaign committees for state offices filed similar reports, also on July 15.
That day, Micah Kellner filed two reports.
There are rules restricting how and when lawmakers can send government-funded mailers if they're running in an upcoming election.
The best chance the mayor has is against the racial profiling bill, since he only needs one vote. But a review of the 34 Council members who voted for it makes it unlike the mayor will find the support he needs.
The most important line in Christine Quinn's first television ad — witch her campaign declined to talk about when it was reported by the Post yesterday — is the last line.
In the 30-second spot, Quinn rattles off her record and ends with this: "While others talk about fighting of the middle class, I've been doing it."
With Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, and "Scott Somebodyorother" the jokes at the Daily Show basically write themselves.
Quinn's 32 percent of support among Liberal voters is twice that of Weiner's 16 percent, who rose to national fame appealing to progressive voters by basically becoming a permanent guest on MSNBC and Fox's reliable Democratic foil.
"Personally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg almost never takes the elevator." [Dana Rubinstein]
Bloomberg defended Eliot Spitzer's right to self-finance his campaign. [Dana Rubinstein]
Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said he's not worried about potentially working with a Comptroller Spitzer. [Reid Pillifant]