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New York GOP Paints Spitzer as a 'Job Killer'

New York Republican Party Chairman Stephen Minarik has launched a broadside against New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, saying Spitzer's "reckless efforts to land himself...
March 22, 2005

New York Republican Party Chairman Stephen Minarik has launched a broadside against New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, saying Spitzer's "reckless efforts to land himself on the front page'' are "making it harder to do business and create jobs in New York." The criticisms are being voiced in fund-raising letters and speeches by the GOP party chairman. Spitzer has gained attention with his probes into the practices of Wall Street financial houses, mutual fund managers and the insurance industry. He has won multimillion dollar settlements against companies and some former executives have been hit with criminal penalties.

In one recent letter Minarik declared, "A job-killer like Eliot Spitzer is no friend to taxpayers!" and said that other than defeating Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for re-election next year, the most important thing New York Republicans can do is prevent "Attorney General and Aspiring Governor Eliot Spitzer from moving into the Governor's Mansion and destroying this state with his dangerous anti-business practices." Spitzer has announced he is a candidate for governor. His spokesman dismissed the charges, adding "Does Mr. Minarik believe that the attorney general should have allowed millions of Americans to be defrauded?" the Spitzer aide added. "What investigation would he have called off?"