U.S. Sen. Gillibrand endorses Spitzer opponent

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, is endorsing Scott Stringer for New York City comptroller.

Gillibrand's choice means she is not backing former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer resigned his office in 2008 after admitting he paid for sex with prostitutes. He's now attempting a political comeback.

It's rare for Gillibrand to endorse in a Democratic primary. She becomes the latest member of the party's establishment to snub Spitzer in favor of Stringer.

Gillibrand says Stringer is "clearly the best choice" for the financial watchdog position.

She touted his "temperament and judgment." The praise is likely a swipe at Spitzer's controversial track record.

Gillibrand became senator in 2009 when she filled Hillary Rodham Clinton's seat. She won re-election the next year.

The Democratic primary is Sept. 10.

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