Sunday, January 29, 2006

Spitzer and Running Mate Paterson in Syracuse

Eliot Spitzer spoke at the Sheetmetal Workers Hall on Pulaski Street in Syracuse on Satuday. Syracuse was Spitzer's third stop of the day. He also made visits to Buffalo, Rochester and Westchester County.

Changing the status quo is what Eliot Spitzer is about, and it is what this campaign is about. His choice for running mate is David Paterson, D-Manhattan, who Spitzer hopes will be a lieutenant governor who will take the lead for him on many of the important challenges facing our state. Mr. Paterson is the quick-on-his feet Senate Democrat leader who has engineered a party comeback in the Republican-controlled chamber. Here's more about the way Attorney General Spitzer came to his decision about Mr. Paterson.

Desperate Republicans have been upset because Eliot Spitzer has been tough on their special interests - the big businesses that have been systematically robbing everyday New Yorkers.

He said that we need to see decency, fairness, and openness in government - and apply them to health care, education, etc. We have seen enough of the ever-growing gap between the haves and have nots in New York State.
We shouldn't be shy about speaking up about how we feel.
We need to do something different.
We have to rattle the cages.
You don't change the world by whispering.
You'll never change the status quo by accepting it.
We will not succeed unless we reform our state government.

Eliot Spitzer says that what the people care about - and what we have to focus on - is improving the lives of our kids, so they'll stay here, they'll put down their roots, they'll buy homes, and become part of the community.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Spitzer's Passion for Public Interest: A Political Boon

Excerpt from an Albany Times-Union op-ed by Fred LeBrun:
If anything, Eliot Spitzer's touch of fiery behavior is much more mainstream than what we've been experiencing the last 11 years with George Pataki.

Pataki is neither publicly demonstrative nor emotional to a remarkable degree. It was nearly eight years ago that Adam Nagourney wrote the definitive personality profile of Pataki in The New York Times Magazine, aptly titled "Bland Ambition."

In it, the reporter foreshadowed for us many of the traits we've come to accept and largely appreciate in our sitting governor. But they also include his ability to be ruthless, dogmatic and calculating, and somehow transfer passion from his demeanor to his agenda.

George Pataki is an extremely adept, bright and complicated politician. His temperament, however, is the one Eliot's is being compared to.
Of the two, Spitzer is the one who's typical, not Pataki. But you know, even that doesn't matter. It's just personal style, and doesn't touch substance. Which does matter.
[Albany Times Union 15 January 2006]

AIG Could Pay $1.5B to Settle Accounting Charges

American International Group Inc. could pay as much as $1.5 billion to settle civil investigations by state and federal authorities into an accounting scandal, according to published reports.

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the New York State Insurance Department filed a suit against AIG and ousted former chief executive and longtime chairman Maurice "Hank" Greenberg in May 2005, alleging that the company and Greenberg had resorted to accounting fraud to boost its financial results and stock price.

[source: WebCPA]

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The Australian

Auburn Citizen

Spitzer Raises 5x More Than Any Rivals

Eliot Spitzer has raised $19.1 million - more than five times the war chest of any of his likely rivals. [source: NY Daily News]

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Spitzer's hefty campaign war chest, Newsday
Spitzer sets blistering campaign fundraising pace, Newsday
Spitzer racks up $19M for gubernatorial race, Press & Sun-Bulletin
Spitzer raises millions of dollars for campaign, WNYT
Signs of Strength in Fund-Raising Reports, NY Times

Sunday, January 15, 2006

LA Times Letter: California Could Use an Eliot Spitzer

"Wouldn't it be great if we had an advocate like that?"

Linda Okun
La Verne, CA

[source: LA Times 15 January 2006]

Friday, January 13, 2006

Spitzer: Ready to Engage Suozzi

A statewide poll out Friday from Manhattanville College showed Spitzer leading Suozzi, 72 percent to 8 percent, among Democratic voters surveyed with 20 percent undecided. The telephone poll of 500 Democrats was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, just before Suozzi announced formation of his gubernatorial campaign committee. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

[source: Newsday 13 January 2006]

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Suozzi wrong guy seeking wrong place, Raymond J Keating, Newsday