Gov. Eliot Spitzer, during a visit to Mamaroneck this morning to promote his state budget, did not back down in his battle with the state Legislature. In fact, he seemed to escalate matters, comparing this battle with his pursuit of corrupt Wall Street execs.
“It’s the same thing in Albany in the sense that what you have there is a status quo mentality that’s designed to entrench elected officials, whether it is through gerrymandering, whether its through member items, whether its through the failure of oversight,” Spitzer said. “The analogy to what was wrong in the corporate governance structure is identical.”
Spitzer singled out Assemblyman George Latimer Ã¢â‚¬â€ whose district he was visiting Ã¢â‚¬â€ for criticism and even hinted that he may support a primary challenge against the Rye Democrat. Latimer had released a letter last week chastising Spitzer’s behavior.
“I had supported George for the Assembly because I thought he supported reform and I”m terribly disappointed to see both what he did, how he voted and what he has said,” Spitzer said. “So we’ll see what happens down the road. I’m sure there are candidates out there who do support reform.”
Spitzer conceded that the state legislature won the first skirmish in their battle by electing Tom DiNapoli but he vowed to keep up the pressure and take his case to the public.
“There are some who want to say ‘oh, well last week was last week and we can ignore it,'” Spitzer said. “Let me be really clear: I wont ignore it.”