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Quinn: Spitzer is not in a position to be ‘pointing fingers at anybody’


Eliot Spitzer is the pot calling the kettle black, according to New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn.

The city council speaker weighed in on the former New York governor—whose relationship with a high-end prostitution service ended his term in 2008—and his current bid for city comptroller.

Spitzer told Hardball’s Chris Matthews on Monday that Anthony Weiner (who famously resigned in 2011 from Congress after sending lewd photos of himself to women on the Internet)  should not be mayor. He also said he would prosecute a case like Weiner’s if he were comptroller.

“I don’t think Eliot Spitzer is in the position to be pointing fingers at anybody as it relates to their private lives,” Quinn told Matthews on Tuesday.

Quinn also said she would not vote for Spitzer and has endorsed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for comptroller.

She also took the opportunity to criticize Weiner amid new revelations that he sent additional racy photos and text messages to women after he left Congress.

Weiner has shown a “pattern of reckless behavior and a pattern of an inability to tell the truth.” Quinn added that as a woman, “I need a mayor who’s responsible. I need a mayor who puts the interest of New Yorkers first, not their own self-aggrandizement…That means adult leadership.”

The former Congressman has vowed to stay in the race, despite a new poll showing his support sinking to fourth place among Democratic voters. The Quinnipiac University survey shows Weiner—who was once in first place—with just 16% support among likely Democratic primary voters. Quinn led with 27%, Public  Advocate Bill de Blasio garnered 21% and former Comptroller William Thompson accrued 20% in the same poll.

Quinn: Spitzer is not in a position to be 'pointing fingers at anybody'