Former Gov. David Paterson took the media to task Tuesday for its coverage of the New York City comptroller’s race, as he continued to say nice things about both major Democratic candidates.
On public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Paterson said the media has “this rule that they set up this week” that if you endorse Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for the job—as Paterson has—you have to say why the other candidate isn’t right for it.
In this case, the other candidate is Paterson’s former boss—ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
“I’m not playing that game with them, because I don’t have a problem with Eliot Spitzer,” Paterson said. “Just because you endorsed one person doesn’t mean you have to hate the other.”
Paterson made a campaign stop with Stringer Monday that resulted in mixed headlines for the candidate after Paterson declined to say whether Stringer would be a better comptroller than Spitzer.
On Tuesday, Paterson continued to say good things about both candidates. For Spitzer, Paterson said his knowledge of the markets and business acumen are “attributes that would make him a fine comptroller.” For Stinger, Paterson said the two have a “nearly 30-year friendship” and that Stringer has “always over-performed.”
“It was easy for me because I had already endorsed Scott Stringer” before Spitzer got in the race, Paterson said.
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