Spitzer on Sean Patrick Maloney, gubernatorial portrait

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ICYMI, here are some outtakes from former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s first visit to Albany since his abrupt resignation 4 1/2 years ago…

– Spitzer took time following his moderated discussion to talk with reporters, touching on everything from his diplomatic takes on current Gov. Andrew Cuomo to his motivations for coming back to the state’s capital city.

He was also asked about Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democratic former Spitzer aide who is now challenging Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Mt. Kisco, for a contested congressional seat in the lower Hudson Valley.

Spitzer said Maloney can “absolutely” be an effective member of Congress, and said he believes the race will go down to the wire.

“I have great respect for him. He worked in the Clinton White House,” Spitzer said. “I think he’s running a good, vigorous campaign. It’s not exactly an easy district, but I think it’s a winnable district and one that will be contested vigorously to the very end.”

The former governor’s name has already been a campaign issue in the race. A PAC controlled by former Gov. George Pataki, a Republican, knocked Maloney for his ties to Spitzer with a hard-hitting robocall in June — prior to Maloney winning the Democratic primary.

Spitzer also said he was “quite sure” he contributed to Maloney’s campaign. A quick scan of Maloney’s filings with the Federal Elections Commission shows his father, Bernard, did contribute $2,500, but doesn’t show anything from Eliot.

– With former Gov. Mario Cuomo recently being surprised with an official gubernatorial portrait of his own, the state Capitol’s “Hall of Governors” will soon be missing the portraits of just two former governors: Spitzer and his successor, David Paterson.

When asked if he plans to sit for a portrait of his own, Spitzer replied: “I don’t sit very well.”

“I honestly haven’t thought about it,” he said. “It’s not been high on the list.”

The official gubernatorial portraits are usually unveiled in the Hall of Governors during a press-friendly ceremony at the Capitol. (Most recently with George Pataki; Mario Cuomo’s has yet to be hung in the hall.) It remains to be seen what type of reception Spitzer would get, if any, given the cloud of scandal he left office under.

(AP Photo)

Here’s more video from Spitzer’s exchange with the press:

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