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RafterMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:38 PM
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Eliot Spitzer announces run for NY Governor
"Eliot Spitzer, the New York state attorney general who has built a nationwide reputation as an aggressive pursuer of white collar crime, said today he is running for governor.

Mr. Spitzer borrowed a page from another Democratic candidate, Howard Dean, who made an unsuccessful run for president, by announcing on his Website that he will be a gubernatorial candidate.

"I'm running for governor," Mr. Spitzer said on www.spitzer2006.com, in an entry he titled "Eliot's Blog." "I want to fix what's broken. It's what I do best."

Mr. Spitzer, who has been attorney general for almost six years, said that as governor, he would try to overhaul the sluggish ways of Albany when it comes to budget and regulatory matters."

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/07/nyregion/07cnd-spitze...

Here's a tidbit from his site, http://www.spitzer2006.com :

The presidential election is over and "values" won. Political observers seem united on this essential point--the reelection of George W. Bush was an affirmation of Republicans and their values and a repudiation of Democrats, who apparently lack them. How could it come to this? Through the years, we have always prided ourselves on being champions of the values that working people and the electorate care about most: fairness, opportunity, inclusion, and responsibility. But, this time around, we didn't frame our message on these ideals persuasively enough. Instead, Bush's campaign captured and co-opted the value mantle and made it seem like he stood for everything that is good in the United States and that Democrats, in comparison, stood for nothing.

This never should have happened. And it would not have, had Democrats done a better job of challenging and unmasking Republican claims.

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Sounds good to me.
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quinnox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:41 PM
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1. Setting up a 2008 run?
I have been impressed by spitzer from what I have seen on television.
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Killarney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:45 PM
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3. I think this rules him out for 2008.
If he runs for Gov for 2006, he can't then turn around right after starting his term and start running for Pres.

Though, being AG and then Gov would REALLY set him up well for later (2012 or whatever).
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quinnox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:50 PM
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5. forgot he was still youngish
Yea, he could be a good presidential candidate for later on like the other one also said down below.
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RafterMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:46 PM
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4. I think he's a pretty young guy
There's time for him to serve a term or two in NY. As AG he had a wildly disproportionate effect on politics compared to the post itself -- I hope we'll see the same from him as governor.

It's good to have this kind of talent in the pipeline.
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AmerDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:18 PM
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20. he's 45 n/t
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Alisa Donating Member (169 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:45 PM
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2. yup - I wish I could vote for him
he has done a lot so far - I wish him the best
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:53 PM
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6. I like this guy a lot
That's very exciting. We need more Democrats that will stand up to corporate special interests.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:55 PM
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7. Holy Crap!
Edited on Tue Dec-07-04 12:57 PM by Radical Activist
Is it just me or does his front page have a rather disgusting picture of a man's behind?!! If someone knows the webmaster they better fix it fast! Some hacker picked a good day to pull that prank.
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RafterMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:00 PM
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9. What?
Here's the picture I see:



Looks good to me.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:02 PM
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11. It was in the "photo blog" section
a small version was on the main page. Someone must have thought it would be funny to load up a disgusting photo and it was automatically thumbnailed onto the front page. It's gone now.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:01 PM
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10. Ok they removed the photo
They need to start approving what goes on the "My Photos" section before they allow people to post things. That was extremely obscene. I wonder how long it was there. Funny.
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RafterMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:04 PM
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12. Uh-oh
Edited on Tue Dec-07-04 01:06 PM by RafterMan
Was it the famed goatse.cx photo, with a bent-over guy you could fit a can of motor oil into?

Glad I missed that one. It's a favorite of trolls everywhere.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:05 PM
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14. That sounds like the one
pretty gross
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President Jesus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 12:59 PM
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8. Spitzer's history of political donations
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:05 PM
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13. It looks like he has been building up favors
I don't see anything disturbing about the list, but I don't know much about New York politicians.
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Killarney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:13 PM
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15. Any rumors on if Pataki is going to run for re-election?
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TheDonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:15 PM
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16. Good news! NY is going to turn dark blue in '06
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InvisibleBallots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:16 PM
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17. I cannot wait to say "Governor Spitzer"
This guy is the greatest!
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:18 PM
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18. Oopsy! here goes away one vote. I was going to help, but...
If he is going to parrot the W propaganda, I am out of that one. Count me out, Elliott! The "values" thigy came from an exit poll showing W lost, you idiot!
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RafterMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 01:20 PM
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19. But he's calling BS on it
the same way Clark did, and the same way Kerry didn't.

At least read the whole article before you write him off.
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HootieMcBoob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:19 PM
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21. Did you read what he wrote about it?
I think you'll change your opinion.
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 05:29 PM
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26. I did. We have no "red states" in NY. It's all BS anyway - the imperial
new truth for us to study. We shouldn't even address it if reality means something to us. Anyone who studies their BS, loses my vote.


''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And
while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll
act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and
that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you,
all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
Bush aide to Ron Suskind
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DaveinMD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:37 PM
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23. we need to talk about values
we need to talk about how increasing health care coverage is a good value, how taking care of the poor is a good value, how cracking down on unethical corporations is a good value, how making sure there is a liveabel wage is a good value.
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 05:46 PM
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27. And say "we lost" just as kerry is contesting Ohio? How clever!
I swear, I am done voting for anyone who shits on my voting rights.
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AmerDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 02:20 PM
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22. Spitzer is exactly the type of leader this country needs
Can't happen soon enough as far as i'm concerned.
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PsN2Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 05:17 PM
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24. If the Democrats in 2008,
once again, put forth a nominee that campaigns as if afraid to hurt his opponents feelings, I will write in Eliot Spitzer. He has shown he is a fighter now rather than in the distant past.
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-04 05:26 PM
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25. Good, we need more pitbulls.
eom
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