And their off! John Faso and Eliot Spitzer are out of the gate and are running down the track!
At issue are Faso votes years ago against crackdowns on auto insurance fraud and stalking. The Republican-Conservative candidate for governor also opposed a bill that would have prohibited police from asking rape victims to take lie-detector tests, according to Democratic party spokesman Blake Zeff.
Meanwhile, Faso released his analysis of Democrat Eliot Spitzer’s campaign promises, saying they will cost $53.8 billion in new taxes, and launched a Web site designed to look like Spitzer’s official site. The site called “SpitzerSpending2006” twists the Spitzer slogan “Day One: Everything Changes” to “Day One: More of the Same.”
Spitzer said Wednesday his plans to cut $11 billion in spending over several years will more than pay for his proposals as he puts state government in an “austerity context” to question every spending proposal.
On Thursday, Spitzer received an endorsement from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, “upstate New York’s biggest business group”.
(Partnership President Andrew J.) Rudnick said the business group is especially pleased with Spitzer’s commitment to consider all issues regarding workers’ compensation, to fundamentally improve the state’s approach to reclaiming brownfields, to keep low-cost hydropower in Western New York, and to move the Empire State Development Corp.’s headquarters to Western New York. The candidate also promised a “remarkably vigorous” examination of all Medicaid issues, calling the skyrocketing increases in the program “unsustainable.”
Spitzer is also endorsed by prominent republican Louis P. Ciminelli, LP Ciminelli Co. Mr. Ciminelli was the recent chairman of the New York Power Authority, a position he secured through an appointment by Governor Pataki.
Republican criticism of Spitzer’s prosecution of Wall Street interests has proven a major theme of the campaign. Just Wednesday, former Assembly Minority Leader John J. Faso, the Republican nominee for governor, labeled “phony” the cases Spitzer filed as attorney general against Wall Street icons Maurice Greenberg and Richard Grasso.
Even though Spitzer is heavily favored in this governor’s race, Faso’s “out of the gate” campaigning is hitting the track hard and fast. The finish line isn’t that far away, and it looks like these two entries are going to give us an interesting race to watch.