Ex-Silver Pointer Trails Badly In N.Y. Comptroller Race

May 25 2010 | 9:39am ET

If former Silver Point Capital partner Harry Wilson is going to be the next comptroller of New York State, he’s got a lot of catching up to do.

Wilson, who has also done stints at private equity firms the Blackstone Group and Clayton Dubilier & Rice, trails incumbent Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli by 23 percentage points in a recent Siena Poll. Despite the fact that voters know little about either candidate—DiNapoli was appointed to the post shortly after the 2006 election following the resignation of then-Comptroller Alan Hevesi—and despite the fact that more poll respondents would prefer someone else to voting for DiNapoli, Wilson earns the support of just 22% against DiNapoli’s 45%.

Nearly nine in 10 voters say they have no opinion of Wilson; 63% have no opinion about DiNapoli.

Certainly, despite an alleged backlash against incumbents nationally and a difficult electoral environment for Democrats, Wilson’s Republican bonafides aren’t helping. New Yorkers will vote for all four statewide posts and for both U.S. Senate seats in November, and Democrats enjoy wide leads in almost all of them.

Current Attorney General Andrew Cuomo enjoys leads of between 22 and 23 percentage points over the leading Republicans running for governor. The likely Democratic candidate for his current job, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, owns an 18 point lead over the likely Republican candidate, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, although that falls to as little as four points over some of the less-likely GOP candidates.

Sen. Charles Schumer has a commanding 67 point lead over his announced Republican opponent, Randy Credico, of whom 90% of poll respondents say they know nothing about. Even Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand—appointed to the seat after former Sen. Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State—enjoys wide leads over her presumptive Republican opponents of between 27 and 31 percentage points.

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