Duffy: Cuomo Is Not Afraid Of Eliot Spitzer
Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t fear any retribution from the very real possibility of a City Comptroller Eliot Spitzer, Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy said this afternoon.
Duffy, who was speaking at an economic development presentation in downtown Albany, denied to reporters in a post-event gaggle that the governor was not endorsing Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer because he was worried a Spitzer victory would result in some sort of retribution.
The New York Post reported this morning that Cuomo’s internal polling showed Spitzer had a fighting shot at winning Tuesday’s primary, prompting Cuomo to not give his rival Stringer the nod.
“Knowing Gov. Cuomo as I do, the governor has no fears or concerns. He’s never mentioned this. He’s staying out of the races, a lot of race he’s staying totally out — let the voters decide,” Duffy said. ”He’s expressed no concerns whatsoever.”
Spitzer and Cuomo have a well-documented mutual dislike for each other.
But Cuomo has largely shied away from endorsing in either the New York City Democratic primary for mayor or city comptroller (Cuomo did have rather nice things to say about frontrunner Bill de Blasio after Mayor Bloomberg accused the public advocate of running a “racist” campaign).
“I’ve never heard him speaking dispargingly about that candidate or other candidates at all,” Duffy said. ”We’re in the season now of primaries and there’s tons of stories of people feeding information back and forth. I can tell you from every I don’t buy that one bit. I don’t think he has any concerns, any fears. All the governor wants is great teamwork, great colloboration around the state.”
Should Spitzer prevail, he would assume an office that has oversight of public spending in the city as well as the employee retirement fund. In addition, he would be able to comment on the governor’s budget proposal next year and its impact on the city.
Duffy, asked if Cuomo would be able to work with Spitzer in elected office, said the administration was prepared to work with anyone.
“The governor will work with any candidates who are elected by their communities and the state,” he said. ”That’s something he will do and he’ll do with anybody. That’s the great thing about the democracy.”
It’s not just the city primaries the governor has sought to keep at arm’s length.
Cuomo has not endorsed in the race for Syracuse mayor where his hand-picked party co-chairwoman is running for re-election (the two have publicly differed on Cuomo’s pension smoothing proposal), though he did endorse Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for re-election.
Duffy last week backed his successor, Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, for re-election.
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