It's A Free Country and The Brian Lehrer Show bring you the fall election series 30 Issues in 30 Days. We will explore one issue every day until election day - issues of relevance to the NY, NJ and CT elections and the national midterm congressional races. This week, we'll be looking into whether there is a Democratic and a Republican way to be state comptroller.
Democratic incumbent Thomas DiNapoli
- on his opponent: blamed Wilson for “wizardry” on Wall Street
- on taxes: favors lowering taxes, especially property taxes
- on pensions: “I think this notion that we have this massive pension problem is one that creates fear among people, especially among our retirees and I think it’s not based on fact.”
Republican challenger Harry Wilson
- on his opponent: called DiNapoli a “creature of Albany.”
- on taxes: supports a federal tax break for hedge fund managers
- more on taxes: “As this point in the economy, given how fragile the recovery is I do not favor a tax increase of any kind on anybody,”
- on pensions: says pension costs are spiraling and that a new, cheaper, pension tier is needed.
- the state pension fund should not invest in companies that do business with countries with ties to terrorism.
- they would have voted for federal bailout bill because it was necessary to save the economy.
- to withhold judgment on ultimate success of the bailout.
- on avoiding endorsing anyone in the race for Governor.
- that the state comptroller's office should be filled by a special election if it’s vacated between elections.
- that they had their own tax returns prepared by other people, and neither recall having bounced a check.