Sen. Gillibrand Endorses Spitzer Opponent

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed Scott Stringer in his race against Eliot Spitzer for city comptroller.

Gillibrand, who rarely endorses in a Democratic primary, said on Monday that Stringer is “clearly the best choice” for the financial watchdog position. She singled out Stringer’s “temperament and judgment,” praise that was likely a swipe at the former New York governor’s track record.

There is a history of bad blood between Gillibrand and Spitzer, dating to her 2009 appointment to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Spitzer said he would not have appointed Gillibrand because her “views on issues are either too wrong or malleable.”

Gillibrand was appointed by Spitzer’s successor, Gov. David Paterson. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, appeared to be running unopposed for controller until Spitzer’s stunning entry into the race two weeks ago. Spitzer is now ahead of Stringer in the polls.

Meanwhile, Spitzer continued to eschew campaign events where he would interact with voters, instead continuing a schedule of conducting nationally broadcast comedy interviews.