24 October, 2006

New York Post Calls On Hevesi To Resign; New York Sun Endorses Callaghan For Comptroller

(UPDATING TO INCLUDE DEBATE PLANS, SPITZER COMMENTS, CITZEN UNION'S CALL FOR RESIGNATION)



One day following his rebuke from the state ethics commission, state comptroller Alan Hevesi has agreed to debate his Republican opponent, Chris Callaghan. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is also reporting that the GOP is hastily trying to pour money into Callaghan's campaign - two weeks before Election Day.

In addition, the good-government group Citizens Union today called on Hevesi to resign, after refusing to endorse anyone in the race after the release of the report yesterday.

The New York Post today called on Hevesi to resign over his use of a state employee as his wife's chauffeur.

In an editorial today, the Post said Hevesi should resign "or be removed" from office.

The New York Sun, meanwhile, reported that Hevesi's resignation is growing more likely over the "Driving Mrs. Hevesi" scandal, and endorsed Callaghan.

Also today, Yancey Roy at Politics on the Hudson, The Journal News' political blog, reports Eliot Spitzer is still supporting Hevesi. But may be wavering at least a little.

Roy reports Spitzer said yesterday's ethics commission report is "not an attractive recitation of facts," but he also said "I am not withdrawing my endorsement."

Taking it a step further, Roy reports, a Spitzer aide later said the Democratic gubenatorial candidate and current attorney general is "re-evaluating" his endorsement.

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