Welcome to the Golden Age of New York tabloids.
Gotham's headline writers already were blessed with the mayoral candidacy of aptly named Twitter flasher Anthony Weiner. But early Monday, disgraced former governor Eliot Spitzer tossed his briefs into the New York City Comptroller race.
The Office of Comptroller deals with numbers, which should be a good fit for Client No. 9. The Knickerbocker sans knickers was booted from office after soliciting a high-priced call girl originally known as Kristin. As the '80s band Night Ranger sang, "Spitzer Kristin, oh the time has come," and within a few days, the Love Gov was motorin' out of Albany.
He's tried to rehabilitate himself ever since, hosting a cringe-inducing pair of short-lived CNN shows followed by a stint at the ratings juggernaut CurrentTV. As with Weiner, the lure of public office proved as irresistible to Spitzer as a back-page ad in the Village Voice.
Ricochet's Code of Conduct rightly frowns on rude language and childish double-entendres, so let's keep to the professional reportage, shall we? Politico reports:
As his rocky 15 months at governor showed, Spitzer was better at poking and instigating than being in charge.
Come on, Politico, you're better than that! I'm confident that Mr. Weiner will have a more sober take on the matter:
“I’m not paying a great deal of attention to the ins and outs of other races,” Weiner said.
Will you people grow up? A little help, New York Daily News?
That was bad, but voters have started to forgive as he rises in the polls.
Not funny. At all. We'll have to rely on Spitzer himself to avoid loaded terms.
“People who walk with me on the street say, ‘People really do want you to get back in.’ I am going to be on the street corners,” he said.
Isn't anyone taking this race seriously?
Attempting to launch his campaign on the fly, with no political organizations backing him, Spitzer was forced to advertise on Craigslist for help.
When New York is seriously entertaining a Weiner/Spitzer ticket, we're all the New York Post.
The jokes write themselves when they decide to run for office.