Yesterday, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer spent the day at a rally in Harlem with Attorney General candidate Andrew Cuomo, Manhattan Beep Scott Stringer, Fernando Ferrer and other politicians. But the presumptive future Governor had to answer questions about his campaign manager's DWI incident from a few weeks ago in upstate. Apparently Spitzer's 31 year old campaign manager (and Manhattan resident) Ryan Toohey was speeding and rear-ended another car. His car "rolled over several times" and he was charged with DWI and other violations.
From the NY Sun:
Mr. Toohey's father, Timothy Toohey, was arrested on drunken driving charges two hours later when he went to pick up his son at the police station.
The Spitzer campaign has not fired Mr. Toohey, but it has docked his pay, and he won't be involved in the transition if Mr. Spitzer wins, according to published reports.
The campaign has "imposed appropriate sanctions" on Mr. Toohey, a spokeswoman, Christine Anderson, said. "DWI is a serious matter for which Ryan knows he must be held accountable."
Spitzer said he wasn't covering up the news and that he only found out about it recently. (The Daily News said that Toohey only told Spitzer about the arrest "after being contacted by a reporter.) But of all times to get into a DWI - a few weeks before the boss's election? And then for your father to be arrested for DWI when picking you up? Ouch.
According to a WNBC/Marist poll, Spitzer leads Republican John Faso by 45 points (69 to 24).