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Election Roundup: Spitzer’s Ad, Muslim Surveillance and Weiner on IG

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Jul 22, 2013

Eliot Spitzer released a new ad over the weekend, boldly assuming that "the people of this city are about to welcome back an old friend." The Daily News reports:

That last line was a preemptive strike against Spitzer’s many enemies, in case they work to oppose him with a barrage of negative ads and mailings.  A spokeswoman for Spitzer’s opponent in the Democratic race for city controller, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, responded on Twitter.  “Other thing that’s nowhere to be found in this Spitzer ad? Any reference to his failed record as governor,” spokeswoman Audrey Gelman wrote.

Over the weekend, the New York Times wrote an editorial on the Democratic candidates positions on public safety. But, as Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah wrote, only looks at Quinn’s record on NYPD surveillance of Muslim communities. 

The Times has targeted Quinn for her politically calibrated positions on policing before: In April, the editorial board wrote that Quinn’s desire to keep Ray Kelly on as police commissioner while also supporting the creation of an NYPD inspector general, over Kelly’s strong objections, were “contradictory." For the record, Quinn isn’t the only one of the Democratic candidates who has defended, or at least declined to criticize, the NYPD’s surveillance program.

Gotham Gazette sat down with sometimes-mayoral frontrunner Anthony WeinerThe former congressman repeated his opposition to the NYPD inspector general bill recently passed by the City Council, which he said he’d still comply with under his administration.

GG: Pending any litigation or an actual mayoral veto, the NYPD inspector general bill leaves it up to the mayor to appoint the IG.

AW: Well, I don’t support the legislation, but I believe in following the law. And if this is created by the Legislature, I will fill it. But I also don’t believe it will be necessary in my administration.

GG: Would that be one of the second-tier appointments?

AW: There aren’t going to be second-tier … I guess you caught me in a rhetorical trap that I have implied that there are. No, it would not be. I’m going to have good people working for the people of the city of New York…

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