Saturday, February 03, 2007
Tom DiNapoli on the verge of becoming our next state comptroller
Tom DiNapoli will be our next state comptroller....it feels right...Tom deserves it...he has worked so hard for so many years to help Nassau County in so many different ways...it is his time to shine....Silver likes him...Spitzer likes him...the Republicans like him......time to put him in!!!!!!!! andy
Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez has made calls to rally support around Nassau Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli for state comptroller, according to a well-placed source.
Lopez's help could solidify DiNapoli as the legislature's alternative to the list of comptroller candidates recommended by the independent screening panel and supported by Eliot Spitzer. It would be particularly significant in light of the fact that none of the Democratic county leaders in the city, who collectively have sway over the largest bloc of Assembly Democrats, have yet gone public about which of the several candidates who are members of the legislature they'd support.
When I talked to DiNapoli just now, he said that Lopez, as county leader, was probably reaching out to Brooklyn lawmakers to gauge their position on the matter. When asked if Lopez or other county leaders were supporting him, DiNapoli said, "You'd have to ask them. Like a lot of folks, a lot of people are waiting to see how the process plays itself out."
He went on to say, "I am not asking people in terms of making a hard commitment. I don't think that's appropriate at this point."
Messages left for Lopez yesterday and today were not returned....here are some reader comments......."DiNapoli is an honest hard working student of government and management. He would make a great Comptroller!" and "Done deal. DiNapoli is in. Bruno and all the GOP Assembly are all on board as well.
A good guy and a student of government. Not a grandstanding hack or a "partner" for Spitzer." .........amen and amen....andy