Spitzer Bails on Silver Dinner

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Governor Spitzer is adding a new twist to the old adage: He's not eating where he's been shat upon. Sheldon Silver's Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee has a gala dinner scheduled for next week honoring the new governor. The invitation promised a Grand Hyatt soirée next Thursday to celebrate "a new direction for New York State as we honor our Governor." But Silver chose to honor the new governor yesterday afternoon by reneging on a deal and picking an Assembly member to be state comptroller. And now, according to a senior-level source in the administration, Spitzer will cancel his plans to attend the dinner. The decision was made earlier today, said the source. The governor also skipped a long-planned lunch with Assembly Democrats. A Spitzer spokesman said the governor's calendar for next week had yet to be mapped out. —Geoffrey Gray