Spitzer Calls Cuomo ‘Dirtiest, Nastiest Political Player’

September 24, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—It takes one to know one? Disgraced former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer weighed in on the contentious gubernatorial race between teapartier Carl Paladino and Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the state’s attorney general. And he took direct aim at his former rival, calling Cuomo the “the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there.” Don’t hold back now!

While serving as governor and before that, as the New York State Attorney General, Spitzer was known for his take-no-prisoners hardball tactics. Spitzer’s political career and reputation all came crashing down two-years ago, when he resigned from office amid revelations that he was a long-term client of a high end prostitution service. During his time as the state’s top prosecutor and while governor, Spitzer reportedly spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes.

Spitzer made his comments about Cuomo during an appearance on CNN, where he is a contributor and the co-host of a new program with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, debuting in October.

Asked if Mr. Cuomo should engage Mr. Paladino more directly to blunt any momentum gained since the primary last week, he said Mr. Cuomo should more explicitly tell voters how he would govern. He also spoke of Mr. Cuomo’s past as a political infighter.

“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,” said Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat who quit in 2008 over a prostitution scandal. “He had brass knuckles, and he played hardball. He has a lot of enemies out there. Nobody’s been willing to stand up to him.”

Cuomo’s office released a statement, saying “The attorney general’s record, credibility and honor speak for themselves, as do Mr. Spitzer’s.”

Well, that settles that then.


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