NEW YORK (AP) -- A contentious decision to allow New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term has dominated a debate between the Democratic candidates for city comptroller.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer squared off in a frequently heated debate Monday night. Spitzer says Stringer's "support and participation" helped Bloomberg overturn term limits in 2009 and run again.
Stringer says he opposes term limits and defends his record. Stringer says he never "embarrassed" his constituents like Spitzer did when he resigned his office after admitting he paid for sex with prostitutes.
Frequently drowned out of the debate by the personal attacks were discussions of the comptroller's obligations, which include auditing the city's contracts and overseeing its workers' pension system.
The primary is set for Sept 10. The general election is Nov 5.
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