As New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer readies up to run as a Democrat for New York State Governor next year, the back-and-forth between his camp and that of Republican Governor George Pataki is heating up, the Associated Press reports.

GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik is the man picked by Pataki to do the job of stripping down Spitzer in the public's eye. In recent speeches and fundraising letters, Minarik has blasted Spitzer for killing jobs in the city due to his devastating probes of the financial services industry.

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