Spin Cycle

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State comptroller races become odd counterpoints to governor campaigns. For years the two posts tended to end up the domain of opposing parties, which is not the case now. Also, statewide ticket-mates have chafed as often as they bonded.
This year, the state Republican and Conservative chairmen back rival candidates for governor, yet both support Westchester resident Harry Wilson for comptroller against Democratic incumbent Thomas DiNapoli from Nassau. Among Democrats, it is well known that DiNapoli and Attorney Gen. Andrew Cuomo, likely gubernatorial nominee, have been less than simpatico.
Wilson is a 38-year-old Harvard graduate, native upstater, son of Greek immigrants, and former financial executive. He’s expected to put money of his own into the race. Last week Wilson launched a “Cause and Effect Tour” on state fiscal mismanagement — he’s due on Long Island Friday — and criticized DiNapoli. Appointed by the Legislature in 2007 after Democrat Alan Hevesi was forced out, DiNapoli has been working to tout his tenure in stepped-up appearances.