Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.

The NYC campaigns heated up along with the weekend.

The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case prompted demonstrations.

As Eliot Spitzer attempts to return to politics through the comptroller’s office, the job’s current occupant, John Liu, says he’s appalled by the campaign and that of rival Anthony Weiner.

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In case you needed it, Mark Jacobson’s piece in New York magazine provides more evidence that Weiner’s run is all about himself.

Republican Joe Lhota collected more than $534,000 in two months, the News notes, and got money from fiasco-vexed schools chancellor Cathie Black.

Spitzer’s book, as reviewed by the WSJ, suggests he’d use the elected job to – surprise – influence Wall Street firms.

Showing further that William C. Thompson Jr. is a centrist candidate for mayor, Democratic Senate Leader Jeff Klein endorses him.

If you think not too far outside the box, you can see strong similarities between Carl ‘Mad as Hell’ Paladino, 2010 loser for governor, and Spitzer. Paladino has secured a spot on the Buffalo school board.