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Spitzer: Cuomo Is The ‘Dirtiest, Nastiest’

From the Congressional Quarterly:


(Relevant quote begins at 2:30)

Spitzer Says Cuomo is "Dirtiest, Nastiest" Player

September 23, 2010

In a fascinating interview on CNN, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) makes clear he’s not a big fan of Andrew Cuomo (D).

Said Spitzer: "The problem that Andrew has is that everybody knows that behind the scenes, he is the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there and that is his reputation from years in Washington."

"When his father was governor, he was the tough guy. He has brass knuckles and he played hard ball. He has a lot of enemies out there. Nobody’s been willing to stand up to him. When it appeared he was going to win, it was inevitable. If it appears not to be inevitable, things may change."

"He has a lot of folks, he’s really been on the wrong side of who may stand up and say, wait a minute, he may not want to pretend he plays that game. He does, and he’s worse at it." …

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. (And we don’t mean that in a sexual way.)

Here is a little more background on this, via the Wall Street Journal:

Spitzer Says Cuomo ‘Dirtiest’ Player

By JACOB GERSHMAN
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

Unleashing his most scathing criticism of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Thursday said the Democratic candidate for governor is hindered by a reputation for being "the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there."

Mr. Spitzer also defended Mr. Cuomo’s insurgent Republican rival, asserting that Carl Paladino "is not as crazy as the media has portrayed him to be."

Appearing on a CNN morning show, Mr. Spitzer said Mr. Cuomo, a former HUD secretary during the Clinton administration, should speak more directly to the public about his campaign, but added: "The problem Andrew has is that everybody knows that behind the scenes, he is the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there and that is his reputation from years in Washington."

In response, a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, Josh Vlasto, issued a statement that contained what appeared to be a subtle jab at Mr. Spitzer, who resigned from office in March 2008 over a prostitution scandal.

"The attorney general’s record, credibility and honor speak for themselves, as do Mr. Spitzer’s," said Mr. Vlasto.

As governor, Mr. Spitzer was one of the state’s most dominant Democrats. But his popularity waned months into his term, when Mr. Cuomo issued a damaging report that found that his administration had sought to tarnish a top Republican state lawmaker with information acquired improperly from state troopers.

The Spitzer administration never fully recovered from the report. Privately, Mr. Spitzer seethed, telling colleagues that Mr. Cuomo, a rival Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, had targeted him for political reasons.

In public, until his latest remarks, the former governor restrained his criticism of Mr. Cuomo, with a few notable exceptions. And in a recent interview, Mr. Spitzer said he would vote for Mr. Cuomo.

Mr. Spitzer, interviewed by Fortune writer Peter Elkind for a recently published biography, said Mr. Cuomo threatened to re-open the State Police probe, known as "Troopergate," unless he stopped criticizing the report. Mr. Cuomo denies the allegation

It sounds like Mr. Cuomo may have threatened Mr. Spitzer to keep his mouth shut about things in general.

What a joy this campaign is going to be, now that the gloves are coming off. Thank you, Mr. Paladino.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Spitzer: Cuomo Is The ‘Dirtiest, Nastiest’”

  1. finebammer59 says:

    In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. (And we don’t mean that in a sexual way.)

    Now that was funny, I don’t care hoe you are!

  2. proreason says:

    If Hitler and Stalin had been from the same country, what would have happened?

  3. conant says:

    Law and order Andy isn’t above using his political yank to get out of a personal jam When he was at Albany Law School he got a DWI and the wheels of justice moved very swiftly in Albany City Court where the problem was plead away in a single late night appearance

  4. hushpuppy says:

    Spitzer: Cuomo Is The ‘Dirtiest, Nastiest

    Pot……….kettle……….black………..

  5. Adam Moreira says:

    Uh, Mr. Spitzer, you must be describing yourself…sore loser. Note that Spitzer has an axe to grind against Cuomo. Also, Troopergate was not dropped after Spitzer resigned, but ended up implicating his then-Lieutenant Governor too.

    We in New York are wiser than to believe your complaining well after the fact, Mr. Spitzer. Don’t let the door hit you.

    As for Paladino not being as crazy as the media claims for him to be…I’m not so sure. I wonder why Mr. Spitzer still has a job at CNN; if they were smart, he would never have been hired.


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