African-American Democrats In Effort To Turn Black Voters Off Spitzer In Comptroller Race

Source: Frederick U. Dicker / New York Post

Leading black Democrats, worried by polls showing that African-American voters strongly favor disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the primary for city comptroller, are mobilizing to turn those votes to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

The stepped-up effort comes in the wake of two polls showing Spitzer with massive leads over Stringer, largely on the strength of the black vote.

The effort is being led by state Democratic Party co-chair and close Gov. Cuomo ally Keith Wright, an assemblyman and Manhattan Democratic chairman who is being aided by some of the state’s most prominent black political figures.

Stringer himself, described by insiders as “in near panic” over his poor showing with black voters, belatedly responded last week by hiring two well-regarded African-American political operatives: Patrick Jenkins, a longtime confidant of US Rep. Gregory Meeks of Queens; and Kevin Wardally, an associate of the late Bill Lynch and an official at the Cuomo-controlled state Department of Labor.

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