Mark Green Signs to Get Spitzer on Ballot, But Hasn't 'Endorsed' Anyone Yet

By Victoria Bekiempis on July 11, 2013 12:12pm 

 Mark Green, pictured here with Bill Clinton in his 2001 mayoral bid, signed a petition to put Eliot Spitzer on the ballot for the comptroller's race.
Mark Green, pictured here with Bill Clinton in his 2001 mayoral bid, signed a petition to put Eliot Spitzer on the ballot for the comptroller's race.
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NEW YORK CITY — Mark Green has signed on to get Eliot Spitzer on the ballot — but hasn't committed to formally endorse the former disgraced governor just yet.

The former public advocate and 2001 Democratic mayoral nominee confirmed Wednesday that he signed a petition for Spitzer's comptroller bid "after buying some peaches" in Union Square.

"Since there's never been a non-competitive race for an open citywide seat in modern history, I thought a fair fight would be good for the city," he said in an email to DNAinfo New York.

Green said his John Hancock neither signifies an endorsement Spitzer — who stepped down due to a prostitution scandal five years ago — nor a slam against his Democratic opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Instead, Green said he is "just signing to get him on the ballot."

"I haven't endorsed in the comptroller's race and haven't decided whether I will," he insisted.

Green's recent remarks come amid news that Spitzer — who's scrambling to gather 3,750 signatures by Thursday to make the September ballot — is leading the comptroller's race 42 percent to Stringer's 33 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll.

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