Crowley Blasts Spitzer’s Cuomo Critique

Apr 26, 2010 1:21pm

ABC News’ David Chalian Reports:  Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, D-Ny., should butt out. That’s the message being sent by a top New York Democrat in Congress in response to Spitzer’s critical words on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times of the all-but-certain Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo. “I don’t think we need the former governor who I think is still struggling with his own personal issues to weigh in here at this point and time.  I don’t think it’s helpful to us and I don’t think it certainly will be to the governor, er, to the Attorney General if he does decide to run for governor,” Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., told us on ABC News’ “Top Line.”  Crowley is joining an emerging chorus of New York Democrats who are furious that the former governor appears to be working out his personal political grudge match with Attorney General Cuomo in the press. “I think that most New Yorkers are going to be supportive of Andrew Cuomo if and when he decides to run for governor.  Regardless of what the former governor said I think that what’s important right now is we, as a party, need to look at ourselves, to reevaluate ourselves,” Crowley said. It is well known in New York political circles that there is no love lost between Attorney General Cuomo and his immediate predecessor Mr. Spitzer.  The New York Times and other publications have recently looked at all of Gov. Spitzer’s attempts at public rehabilitation and the possible return to the political stage for the man who was caught in a prostitution scandal and driven from office just two years ago. As for this year’s gubernatorial contest, Democrats in New York would be happy to see Eliot Spitzer — and all of his political baggage — remain out of the spotlight.  Andrew Cuomo has yet to announce his intentions, but there is not a Democrat in New York or Washington who doesn’t expect he will be the party’s nominee for governor this year and that he will formally launch his campaign next month prior to the New York State Democratic Committee convention at the end of May. “I do expect him to run, I do indeed,” Crowley said.

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