Just when you thought we couldn’t wring any more absurdity out of city elections, along comes the Spitzer campaign with an attack against his competitor Scott Stringer that is more than a little bit childish.
Hari Sevugan, spokesman for the Spitzer campaign, circulated a pie chart calling attention to Stringer’s attendance record at NYCERS trustee meetings. (NYCERS is a city agency in charge of the arcana of the city employee pension system. The more you know … ) The point seems to be to mock Stringer for endorsing “Justin Bieber Appreciation Day” while calling attention to his poor showing at trustee meetings, a shade double-whammy.
Sevugan, who seems to spend his spare time Twitter-beefing with Audrey Gelman, his counterpart on the Stringer campaign, lacerates Stringer in the statement accompanying the chart.
“Statement” might be a strong word, since there’s no original text. Instead, it’s a collection of quotes from Stringer hyping his performance on the NYCERS trustee board, giving the candidate just enough rope to hang himself with.
“I serve as a trustee of the 45 billion dollar NYCERS fund where I’ve worked with other trustees to make sure our pension fund is whole and we protect the retirement security of 650,000 New Yorkers. I’ve been active on the issues of the day,” bragged Stringer in the most recent comptroller debate.
Hey Stringer, this churlish campaign flack has a pie chart that insinuates otherwise!