Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former New York governor seeking election to be New York City's comptroller, has lost a prominent competitor, his longtime antagonist and former madam Kristin Davis.
Davis won the Libertarian Party's nomination for the post in April, but did not file last week to appear on the ballot.
The madam-turned-activist was arrested Aug. 5 for allegedly selling the common prescriptions Adderall, Ambien, Oxycodone, Xanax and the muscle-relaxer Soma to a drug dealer the FBI flipped into a cooperating witness.
This type of criminal activity is illegal for citizens, and is especially unbecoming for a person seeking public office in the City of New York," FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos said in a released statement after her arrest.
Davis did not respond to a request for comment about her decision to drop out, nor did her political mentor Roger Stone.
Valerie Vazquez, a spokesperson for the city's board of elections, confirmed to U.S. News that Davis was not among the candidates who submitted the required 3,750 signatures to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The petition deadline for candidates not vying in the public primary election – set for Sept. 10 - was Aug. 20.
During her time as a candidate, Davis relentlessly criticized Spitzer, who her employees allegedly described as "very aggressive" and "one of the rudest clients."
Spitzer jumped into the comptroller race July 7. Davis told U.S. News at the time she suspected he waited five years to re-enter politics to allow the statute of limitations for various prostitution-related crimes to expire.
She also chided him as a hypocrite for enacting a tough anti-prostitution law as governor while frequenting top-dollar call girls himself.
The businesswoman was jailed four months and lost most of her money in the scandal that toppled Spitzer, but the governor – who previously served as the state's attorney general from 1999 to 2006 – only paid with public humiliation.
"He's what is known in industry as a hobbyist, because that's their hobby," Davis said. "I'm sure he didn't just stop. Why should he? He committed a felony and laundered that money and wasn't charged with it, so he knows he can get away with it."
Hesham el-Meligy, an independent candidate from Staten Island who is supported by some Libertarians, did file to run for the comptroller race, according to Vazquez.
Spitzer is facing Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic comptroller primary. A Quinnipiac University poll released Aug. 14 showed Spitzer with a 19 percentage point lead over Stringer.