- So, if not she, then who?
The Voice of the Night
- She is a dreadful, dishonest creep.
Frankly, just about anyone but her.
Except, of course, a republican.
- Don't "Anyone But _____" campaigns usually end in Republican victories, though?
The Voice of the Night
- I"m gay and I'll vote for a MuniMeter before I vote for this horrid bitch.
She's a vile, obnoxious hypocrite and I not only hope she goes down in refulgent flames in her mayoral bid, but that she's kick off the city council
- She's a bit corrupt and there's something offputting about her. But New York needs a Democratic mayor now. We've had what 12 years of Repubicans or Republican/Independents. A little balance is needed. I would like to see another Democrat however, and may vote against her in the Democratic primary. May not, on the other hand, gay loyalty runs deep.
- [quote]She's a vile, obnoxious hypocrite and I not only hope she goes down in refulgent flames in her mayoral bid, but that she's kick off the city council
Wouldn't that happen anyway? Wouldn't she be term-limited there, unless she and Bloomberg do another backroom deal?
I don't know, it's probably just a Southern thing, but mayoral politics have always struck me as being even sleazier than regular politics.
The Voice of the Night
- She's not a candidate yet, has to win the Democratic primary. I'll vote for anyone but Quinn.
- 12 years? Try 20, R5.
- Quinn is just a repulsive scum-bag. It's Bloomberg version 2.0.
- Last year a petition with a thousand signtures was hand-delivered to her office asking for help with the crime problem on Christopher Street.
Community meetings at St. John's Lutheran Church followed, she didn't show up and never contacted the Sixth Precint commmander. Christine was too busy preparing to be "Ms. Mayor" to care about the residents in her council district.
- She's a vile, obnoxious hypocrite and I not only hope she goes down in refulgent flames in her mayoral bid, but that she's kick off the city council
Beautifully put - I only wish I'd said it first.
- Yetta Kurland is running for Quinn's council seat.
- If just some gay would run against her in the primary.
- We've already had our first queer Mayor bitches. And she's fierce!
- Along with Yetta Kurland, Corey Johnson is running in the primary.
- A Gay Cuban-American has announced his run.
LETTER IN THE DAILY NEWS:
Chris Quinn for mayor? No way
Manhattan: To Voicers Erika Saltzman and Adele DeLeva: I couldn’t agree with you more on how unfit Mayor Bloomberg’s puppet, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, is to be the New York’s next mayor. Quinn has betrayed New York City voters, violated the democratic process and broken the law while masquerading as a reformer — and behind the scenes has sold out the gay community. On top of all the slush funds she handed out to Council members for political favors, she did little to save St. Vincent’s Hospital and left her own district, consisting of the entire western quadrant of lower Manhattan, without a hospital. Quinn was subsequently rewarded generously with a campaign donation from the Rudin real estate dynasty that converted the site to a billion-dollar luxury condo and is now looking for votes from the middle class by promising some fairy tale affordable housing scheme. Who does she think she’s fooling?
- Miles Mayer
Not Miles Mayer
- The political club which launched her career may not endorse her.
- She sucks. She's ugly. She's Bloomberg's hand puppet. There has to be a better candidate than her.
- She supports the trash barge depot that will be built in my clean, upper middle class Yorkville neighborhood. There will be garbage trucks up and down York avenue 24 hrs a day, 6 days a week. I don't feel as bad for me or my neighbors because we have the means to move, my heart bleeds for the people in the housing project right near it. They can't move!
No one wants this mess in our neighborhood, but she supports it.
- For a minute I thought you meant Republicunt Christine O'Whatsherface.
- Christine wants everyone to think she doesn't cater to rich folk, which is why she wants the garbage transfer center on the Upper East Side which r20 mentioned.
- It's sad that r5 "gay loyalty runs deep" would vote for anyone based on their orientation. We need a candidate who'll be best for the city. And from everything we know about Christine, her only interest is what's best for Christine. She follows in the footsteps of Mr. Vanderbilt, "The public be damned."
- Cynthia Nixon, the gay marriage advocate and “Sex and the City” star, is backing Bill de Blasio over Christine Quinn for mayor
Nixon said her vote was decided over the candidates’ positions on paid sick leave legislation.
De Blasio, the New York City Public Advocate, backed a bill requiring minimum paid sick time, while City Council Speaker Quinn said it could kill jobs in the struggling economy
- Christine does not want to allow council members to vote on a bill giving sick leave to workers in private industry.
- Yetta Kurland is an evil piece of crap. She carried a gun until very recently because she claimed she needed it to protect the "language" school where she worked. She's a really scary bitch.
- Good point #20 except there was a trash transfer station in your neighborhood until the late 90s. It won't be "new". You can't locate everything those poor neighborhoods that aren't "clean" and "upper middle class".
- I hope the candidates for Quinn's City Council seat
will have a forum at the Community Center. We need to know where they stand. Yetta is pushing for a hospital.
- The Democratic mayoral candidates in the most recent elections have been a dismal bunch. It can't get any worse, right?
- I wish Fran Lebowitz could be mayor of NYC, but that's never going to happen.
- I'm sorry Anthony Wiener screwed up. He'd be the frontrunner.
- What bad things has Quinn done? Be specific.
- You ask, we answer, r32
- She's a self-serving and deceitful cunt.
- It sounds like she has some serious mental issues.
[italic][bold]Offstage, a Proudly Brash Quinn Isn’t Afraid to Let Her Fury Fly[/bold]
Christine C. Quinn was not pleased.
A session of the New York City Council had descended into chaos, and lawmakers were openly questioning her leadership. Ms. Quinn, the Council speaker, decided there was one person to blame: Betsy Gotbaum, then the city’s public advocate, who had been presiding.
The response was sudden and fierce. Ms. Quinn summoned Ms. Gotbaum to an office nearby and, with little warning, began shouting at her in increasingly angry tones about appearing weak in front of other lawmakers.
“You were like Bambi in there!” Ms. Quinn exclaimed, slamming her hand on a table for emphasis, according to Ms. Gotbaum, who was on crutches at the time.
Ms. Gotbaum was stunned. “I didn’t merit that kind of unprofessional behavior,” she said recently.
As she pursues a high-profile bid for mayor, Ms. Quinn, a Democrat, has proudly promoted her boisterous personality, hoping that voters will embrace her blend of brashness and personal charm.
But in private, friends and colleagues say, another Ms. Quinn can emerge: controlling, temperamental and surprisingly volatile, with a habit of hair-trigger eruptions of unchecked, face-to-face wrath.
She has threatened, repeatedly, to slice off the private parts of those who cross her.
She is sensitive to slights: When a Queens councilwoman neglected to credit Ms. Quinn in a news release, the speaker retaliated by cutting money for programs in her district.
Ms. Quinn’s staff, concerned that angry tirades could be overheard by outsiders, added soundproofing to her City Hall office. Wary of her temper, they are known to ask one another: “Did she throw up on you today?”
Ms. Quinn is by no means the first hotheaded politician in New York — Fiorello H. La Guardia and Rudolph W. Giuliani, both former mayors, were famed for their outbursts.
But those who have felt Ms. Quinn’s ire up close — in meetings, on telephone calls, even over lunches in restaurants — say they are often stunned by the intensity of her episodes.
“It’s just old-fashioned screaming, in a way that you just don’t hear that much,” one former city official said, describing a noisy encounter with the speaker.
In an interview last week, Ms. Quinn readily acknowledged her angry moments.
“I don’t think being pushy or bitchy or tough, or however you want to characterize it, is a bad thing,” she said. “New Yorkers want somebody who’s going to get things done.”
“Sometimes I yell, sometimes I raise my voice,” she added. “I am trying to do it less, because it’s not always attractive. It’s not always the right thing to do.”
A former housing activist, Ms. Quinn is an adept practitioner of the arts of municipal power, unrelenting in her negotiations and not afraid to intimidate. Her supporters say she has brought much-needed discipline to a Council once dismissed as ungovernable, hammering out useful legislation and calming relations with the mayor.
More than two dozen current and former city officials, lobbyists and political operatives recounted being berated by Ms. Quinn, but few would speak for the record, citing a fear of retaliation. They offered nearly identical accounts of their altercations, describing a rapid escalation of voice and vitriol, occasionally laced with vulgarity.
“Her eyes get really wide, she points her fingers,” one official said. “She gets really close to you. It’s really in your face.”
A former campaign donor who had been called to Ms. Quinn’s office to discuss a legislative proposal said: “She screamed at me for 10 minutes, uninterrupted, and used the ‘F’-word at least 20 times. I was just so startled, I didn’t know what to do.”
On telephone calls, Ms. Quinn can begin unexpected diatribes, her voice growing so loud that callers often have to hold their phones away from their ears.
“I couldn’t get a word in edgewise,” said one city official, who disagreed with the speaker over a piece of legislation, “so I just hung up.”[/italic]
[italic]“I couldn’t get a word in edgewise,” said one city official, who disagreed with the speaker over a piece of legislation, “so I just hung up.” (Ms. Quinn called back to extend her harangue.)
Ms. Quinn, who often publicly pokes fun at her own brassiness, is fully aware of her aggressive tendencies, once bragging in an interview that she could “open up the bitch tap and let the water run.” In an e-mail exchange with advocates, Ms. Quinn once offered a wry self-description: “control freak! Lol.”
“When I end up yelling, it’s not really deliberate,” Ms. Quinn said last week. “It’s usually out of some moment of passion or frustration or real desire to get unstuck.”
In the interview — which the speaker briefly interrupted to down an Advil with a swig of Starbucks coffee — Ms. Quinn offered no apology for her behavior, saying, “I am who I am.” But she also said she was working on becoming kinder and more measured. “Sometimes I try to give myself a beat or two before I say what I want to say,” she said.
Still, she signaled that modulation was not her top priority.
“At this point in my life, I’m not going to spend a lot of time focusing on dissatisfaction with who I am, and I’m not going to spend a lot of time tempering my personality,” Ms. Quinn said. “Whatever job I have next, I’m going to be somebody who wants to get things done.”
“I want to be a better Chris Quinn,” she added. “I don’t want to be a different Chris Quinn.”
Ms. Quinn is not the only mayoral candidate who has displayed a temper. One of the Republican candidates, Joseph J. Lhota, apologized last year after a board meeting at which he castigated a 77-year-old Holocaust survivor, challenging him to “be a man.”
Ms. Quinn’s aggressive style extends to private sessions with her staff, with whom she can be demanding. Her aides operate under a Quinn-imposed “15-minute rule”: e-mails or text messages from the speaker must be acknowledged within a quarter of an hour, or there will be consequences.
In strategy sessions, Ms. Quinn can speak colorfully of other lawmakers, often saying, “I’m going to cut his balls off.”
In Ms. Quinn’s parlance, the phrase can apply to women, as well: in the interview last week, she volunteered that using that phrase with a gender-neutral pronoun — “their” — is “a good way of doing it, so you don’t have to wonder about the gender.”
In caucus meetings, Ms. Quinn is perceived by lawmakers as aloof and dismissive, rarely looking up from her BlackBerry and loudly cutting off council members who try to raise concerns about pending bills.
At the end of meetings, Ms. Quinn asks, “Any other issues?” She does not wait for the answer before ducking out of the room, adding, “Bye!”
Even those subjected to a Quinn dressing-down say that, in happier times, the speaker is also unusually adept at turning on the charm. Her anger can be followed by bursts of ingratiating sweetness.
Colleagues recall telephone calls on birthdays and cheek-kisses at public functions, only days after a high-decibel shouting session. And the members of her staff are strikingly loyal, with close advisers staying by her side for years.
The yo-yo effect, colleagues and advocates say, is disconcerting, leading them to wonder if Ms. Quinn’s tantrums are a calculated tool to maintain order, or the byproduct of a stormy temperament that even her staff is helpless to soothe.
“She can boomerang from Miss Manners to Archie Bunker in 30 seconds,” said Dan Mathews, a senior vice president for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who clashed with Ms. Quinn over a proposal to ban horse carriages in Central Park.
When Mr. Mathews met Ms. Quinn for lunch at an Italian restaurant in Chelsea, the speaker hollered across the table, “We’re not friends,” drawing stares from other diners. She continued, “If we saw each other on the street, we would hiss at each other.”
“It seemed to me like she was a wrestler jumping in the ring,” Mr. Mathews recalled, “trying to establish her dominance at the get-go.”[/italic]
[italic]Ms. Quinn disputed neither the events of lunch with Mr. Mathews (although she said she viewed the behavior of animal-rights activists as harassing) nor her encounter with Ms. Gotbaum (she is now a fund-raiser for William C. Thompson Jr., another Democratic candidate for mayor). She did, however, deny comparing Ms. Gotbaum to Bambi, saying she had instead described her pleading expression as featuring “Bambi-like eyes.”
Several people said that Ms. Quinn’s anger could extend beyond conversation: as speaker, she has used her control of the Council’s funding accounts to punish members who have defied her.
When Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley issued a statement to community newspapers in her Queens district that took credit for saving local firehouses from the annual budget ax, she failed to praise Ms. Quinn. Within an hour, Ms. Crowley was called into a room at City Hall, where a livid Ms. Quinn began to shout at her, demanding to know who had authorized what she considered to be a premature and poorly worded release.
An aide to Ms. Quinn, Ramon Martinez, criticized Ms. Crowley’s abilities as a lawmaker, at one point telling her, “You don’t know when to shut up,” according to people familiar with the episode. (Mr. Martinez, in an interview, said he did not recall using those words at the time, but added, “I certainly could have said that to her” in a separate conversation.)
Shaken, Ms. Crowley left, thinking the worst was over. Days later, she learned that Ms. Quinn had cut the Council contributions to senior centers and youth sports programs in her district. The two now rarely speak.
Asked about the episode last week, Ms. Quinn said that Ms. Crowley had committed “a completely inappropriate, attention-grabbing act” and violated Council protocol. “She was told it was not acceptable, and I did not mince words in telling her that,” she said.
Did Ms. Crowley have her funding cut as a punishment? “It is what happened that year,” Ms. Quinn replied.
Pressed on whether the move was an act of retaliation, Ms. Quinn just smiled: “It is what happened that year,” she said again, signaling that the matter was closed.[/italic]
- If you want a good person to run for mayor of Houston, you will not line up behind DeBlasio.
- R38, please check your internet GPS. We're talking about New York City.
Quinn reminds me a bit of Rudy Giuliani. Crude, loud, unpleasant, egotistical and selfish, with an elephant's memory for slights (both real and imagined).
- I've always liked her based on the issues. I had no idea she may be personally, well, a creep. She sound a bit like Anthony Weiner and the horny former Gov Elliot Spitzer. Just goes to show that Democrats can be assholes too.
Bloomberg has been a terrific mayor. I never understand all the nasty posts about him. He is not perfect, but damn he is taking on the good fights right now- for public health- he seems to be the only operative in the US right now with guts.
- If Bloomberg REALLY cared about public health, St. Vincents would still be open.
Quinn's buddy Bill Rudin is building condos on its site.
- Sunday's episode of UP w/ Chris Hayes features a round table with 4 candidates for NYC's next mayor. Of course Christine Quinn didn't have the balls to show up. Found it interesting that she refuses to fight for New Yorkers in low wage jobs to have a few days of sick leave.
- r42, when and where is U w/Chris Hayes seen?
- It's on MSNBC. You can probably find it on their site.
- For the record: Chris Hayes HAD the mayoral candidates. I'm sure the show is posted by now.
- Christine Quinn obviously has the same sort of lesbian rage issues that Rosie O'Donnell has.
- Voting for Christine Quinn for mayor IS a vote for a Republican. She is swine.
That tongue-bath that Jonathan Van Meter at NYM gave her last month was one of the most disgusting pieces of shit I have ever read. I just thank FSM that there was a virtual riot in the comment section for the FACTS.
- Let a tear down begin:
- Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who, despite being a dog lover, has been a longtime target of animal rights advocates because of her support for horse-drawn carriages in Central Park.
Ms. Quinn’s rivals in the Democratic primary have taken notice. Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, has promised that on his first day in City Hall, if elected, he would ban the famous carriages. He described the conditions of the horses, which have trotted through Central Park for decades, as “inhumane.”
On Wednesday, Mr. de Blasio stood before dozens of self-proclaimed animal lovers at an Upper West Side fund-raiser hosted by the famed Pop artist Peter Max. Mr. de Blasio pledged to pursue a bill requiring sprinkler systems in pet stores.
- New TV Ad Slams Christine Quinn for Role in St. Vincent's Hospital Closure
A new television ad debuting Wednesday claims St. Vincent's Hospital couldn't have been closed without the support of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn while urging voters to opt for another mayoral candidate.
Released by the political committee New York City Is Not for Sale, the ad called "Nowhere to Go" criticizes Quinn for supporting the zoning change that allowed the ailing Greenwich Village hospital to be redeveloped into luxury condos.
"When Christine Quinn allows the things that are most important to New Yorkers to disappear, how can you support her for mayor?" a voice in the ad asks over images of an NYU Langone Medical Center ambulance and a gurney being raced through a hospital hallway.
This is the second TV ad bought by New York Is Not for Sale, which was co-founded by communication workers union Local 1180 president Arthur Cheliotes, Hugo Neu Corporation CEO Wendy Kelman Neu, and the group New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets.
“Today’s new ad calls attention to a community where residents have nowhere to go in the event of an emergency or health crisis," Cheliotes said in a statement. "Christine Quinn played an integral role in letting St. Vincent’s disappear and we cannot support a mayor who would let her donors dictate development at the sacrifice of our communities.”
The ad claims Quinn took $59,400 from Rudin Management Company in 2007, but city Campaign Finance Board records show she received half that amount, $29,700, from its executives.
A spokesman for Quinn's mayoral campaign declined to comment on the ad.
Poll results released earlier this month placed the City Council speaker in the lead to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg and trailed by ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.
- Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming are fundraising for De Blasio.
- Most lesbians and many gays are strongly against Christine Quinn, which is a blow to her ego and to her campaign. And they're lining up in favor of Bill De Blasio. With Liu (how can he even consider a shot at the mayorhoood) and the cockhound and appropriately named Anthony Weiner hot on her heels, it could be one of the funniest and ugliest mayoral races leading up to the primary in recent NYC history.
- The horse drawn carriage issue is bizarre. Not that I'm a huge fan, but I live near the stable. it's not exactly different from the last 10,000 years that horses have pulled carriages, and it's not like they're plowing fields! Go start a puppy rescue site!
- As for the post by "Anonymous" about the horse drawn carriages...you're half right. Horses DO love hard work. They wouldn't mind pulling the carriages all the livelong day, but the conditions need to change. They just have a shitty life. The work isn't the problem, its the way they live when they're NOT pulling a carriage that needs improvement. And they shouldn't be pulling when it's above 88 degrees or higher.
- Bill de Blasio leads in the latest Quinnipiac poll taken on Tuesday, August 13.
de Blasio 30%
Weiner boy 10
- Chris Quinn showed up at this week's debate in a skirt and blouse. It was sort of lilac and purple and clashed with her carrot top mop of hair. Instead of looking femme, though, she just seemed really uncomfortable and a little out of place.
- Bloomberg's ape is going down.
- Isn't there anyone on Weiner's staff who has the balls to tell him to just give up now?
- De Blasio that's the who to the anyone but Quinn question. He will be the best and fairest mayor NY has had in decades and decades.
- I agree, r60. He's spot on.
- Agree about Bill de B. Solid guy. And his wife is openly bi!
- That cunt is getting what she deserves.
- Of course her being a lesbian is not why a great people oppose her. I'm a gay liberal New Yorker. I would love to have a gay mayor of NYC. I would love to see NYC have its first female mayor. But I don't think she's the best candidate for the job.
Team De Blasio!
- What will Quinn do in retaliation if she loses? She's vindictive against her enemies and if the people of NYC don't give her what she wants, Big Chrissy will be very angry. Will she still be Speaker?
- I really can't stand this witch.
- I've known her since she ran the anti-violence project and I'm supporting her in this race.
You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.
- Let the Republican win then, you pack of harpy queens!
- There's breaking a few eggs and there's emotionally unbalanced R67 -- Quinn [italic]would not[/italic] make a good mayor.
Oh! There's also the fact that she is morally corrupt.
Bill de Blasio will have my vote.
- Christine Quinn IS the Republican, you fucking moron r68.
- She's a corrupt Bloomberg-Real Estate puppet.
Does anyone have the latest poll numbers?
- I still can't over all three NYC newspapers endorsing Chris Quinn. Especially the NY Times, which has held her in contempt on every occasion they've published something about her this year. And the endorsement is so glowing you'd think she walked on water. I think someone's buying favor!
- Never getting my vote. I'd sooner vote for Weiner.
- The New York mayoralty is not really a partisan position. It doesn't matter whether the Mayor calls himself a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent. In fact, there really is no Republican party in New York.
- I'd vote for Weiner before her too.
- TPTB seem to be DEMANDING that Quinn be anointed the candidate. They're quite pissed about Diblasio and Thompson. They didn't see them coming. They thought Quinn would have a cakewalk in front if her due to bloomberg's blessing. They may yet pull some kind of shit on Election day. I'd beware, NYers.
- Quinn is about as stable a dyke as Rosie O'Donnell. Is she does get to be mayor, it will be a crazy four years.
- Never voting for that corporate bought bully. If she's the democratic candidate I'm going to vote for one of the independents.
- I don't buy it either r72. I think those endorsements were bought by her pal Bloomie.
If there was any question that Bill de Blasio is the mayoral race’s new front-runner, there isn’t any more.
A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University has the city’s public advocate with 36 percent of the likely Democratic vote, placing him within reaching distance of avoiding a widely-expected runoff election.
The two other leading Democratic candidates, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, posted 21 and 20 percent respectively. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner earned just 8 percent, while current Comptroller John Liu trailed with 6 percent.
- I love with cretins are forced to reflect on their despicable behavior. Queen Christine thought she was Bloomberg's heiress apparent, but people see right through her act. Awesome!
- He's got my vote. The hell with Bloomberg's poodle.
- I love that they even have Thompson beating Quinn in a theoretical run-off. From r80's link:
[quote]Mr. de Blasio also blows away the competition in a theoretical run-off, according to the poll, beating Ms. Quinn 59-30 and Mr. Thompson 52-36. If the race came down to Mr. Thompson and Ms. Quinn, Mr. Thompson would best Ms. Quinn 57-33.
- Let her go run for Manhattan Borough President since the rest of NYC only exists to people like her when she needs votes.
We still remember being buried under snow for days unable to get around, while Miss Bloomberg made sure "the city" got cleaned up because some tourist waiting to see "Spiderman" is far more important than millions of taxpayers needing to get to work or to the hospital, and emergency vehicles unable to get around.
- I really like de Blasio, and his wife in fascinating. And his son has a cool Afro!
- Showed in? Go see a Broadway show!
-Bloomberg, jetting off to the Bahamas - which is NONE of your business thankyouverymuch.
- I got all tingly reading this.
Quinn’s rationale for giving Bloomberg a third term is because the City was in throes of the economic crisis, and Bloomberg was the only guy to steer us through. By that logic, Bloomberg should have run for president because the entire country was in crisis.
Rudy Giuliani wanted to extend his term after 9/11. That idea was rejected and somehow the City managed. Opportunists can always find a reason to stay in office.
But that is how dictatorships start. It’s happened too many times. A popular leader runs for office, is elected, and then uses crisis as a means to rig the system so they become permanent office holders, dictators.
The country changes presidents in war time. The City can change mayors in a crisis. The City can surely survive a change in City Council. If someone is deemed “irreplaceable” then we have to change the job. No one is, or should be indispensable. Bloomberg could have had a heart attack the next day and been unable to serve. Would New York City have fallen apart? As Charles De Gaulle said, cemeteries are full of indispensable people.
When term limits was first proposed in the 1990s Peter Vallone Sr. was dead set against them. He said there would be “absolute chaos” if the City Council was overhauled because of term limits. Well, the sky didn’t fall. The City has done fine without the senior Vallone and his 1990s colleagues. A good argument can be made that the City is better than ever – better since term limits removed entrenched incumbents.
We refuse to overlook the vote to extend term limits. It is not a matter of moving on, forgiving and forgetting. This is not some isolated vote or position. The issue is enduring because Christine Quinn continues to benefit.
We don’t need a mayor who flouts the will of voters. We don’t need another mayor who doesn’t listen to the people. Christine Quinn only listens to the voice of self-interest.
- Poll Troll, are you out there?
How is the Comptroller race stacking up?
- POLL TROLL!!! Good times - I miss the Poll Troll - I wish he was a New Yorker.
I love you Poll Troll - wherever you are...sniff....
Political Junkie jonesing hard
- I'm not Poll Troll, but I know that Spitzer has a pretty big lead in the polls (around 15%-20%) over Stringer.
- This is why we need Poll Troll and/or Nate Silver!
[quote]August 29, 2013 - Stringer - Spitzer Comptroller Race Is Dead Heat, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Can't Name A Public Advocate Candidate
Ugh, I do not want Stringer winning this thing.
- I have not seen a single Christine Quinn commercial. Who the hell is running her campaign? It's like she doesn't exist.
- After she loses the primary, she can get a job bartending at The Cubby Hole. She is a phony obnoxious condescending dyke. She marched with the workers of fast food joints this am screaming like the angry lesbo that she is. Hate her so much.
- C. Quinn only marched with the fast food folks to look like a populist. All of her schemes of the past few years have reinforced the Bloomberg oligarchy - which opposes the interests of fast food workers - or any working people for that matter.
- r91 - you would trust Spitzer?!
- PS: r93
What makes you think they would put up with an obnoxious, unnattractive bartender at the Cubbyhole? Those ladies are young and mostly very hot.
- If she wins, I'll know it's fixed. Outside of Manhattan, no one likes her.
- Ha, I saw her marching with the fast food workers too and thought, "What an opportunist!"
Quinn does have at least one commercial, the one announcing her endorsements from all three major NY papers. However, DiBlasio and Thompson seem to be on the air more.
Last week, it seemed that I got mail from Thompson's campaign nearly everyday. I've also seen a lot of Thompson mailings coming through my job, I don't think I've seen any for Quinn (or DiBlasio either).
- I'm voting for DiBlasio. At least he stands for something more than just real estate development, selling out to special interests and political grandstanding.
I'm sick of Christine Quinn and her Bloomberg-lite agenda.
- Di Blasio is surging ahead of Quinn. No one likes Quinn -- in fact, most New Yorkers loathe her. She is corrupt, vicious, dishonest, and has sucked up so much to Bloomberg that her face is permanently attached to his mouth.
Look at the latest poll, attached,
- Also, in the latest polls, Stringer has caught up with Spitzer.
- R97. There aren't that many people in Manhattan who like Quinn either. Her sleeping with the real estate moguls and her helping Bloomberg overturn term limits make her anathema to loads of people. Of all the world's cities, New York should be the ideal place for a woman mayor and a lesbian, but it ain't gonna happen.
- The rise of Bill de Blasio and fall of Anthony Weiner in 1 chart.
But it isn't about all about Weiner's failure. He's running as a good old fashioned liberal candidate and it appeals to voters. Even the white guys.
- But...but... the three newspapers in town have endorsed Christine Quinn. But even as they have, with great enthusiasm, De Blasio's numbers continue to rise. Who do we trust: the papers or the polls?
- Fran Lebowitz should be mayor of NY.
- [quote]Fran Lebowitz should be mayor of NY.
God, I wish. The first order of business would be rounding up all NYU students and shipping them back to the suburbs.
- I am ready to delete my NY Times app and cancel my subscription due to my disgust with the Times reporting on de Blasio. They HATE him, and are utterly contemptuous of him in their articles.
- R107. You mean the way they were about Quinn until they endorsed her last week?!? I wonder who paid to get that approval notice of Big Chris.
- If she loses, I bet she'll poor a two-liter bottle of Coke on Tmes Square.
- Yes r109, but will she crab-walk down the TKTS red stairs?
- r95 Jesus christ, quit acting like a straight woman. You're not his wife. You also have NO evidence that Stringer would be as good at the job as Spitzer has always been at his. In fact, I bet you don't know anything of Stringer's record at all.
I trust Spitzer. You are a fool or involved in organized crime if you don't.
- Eliott Spitzer's professional qualifications are exceptional. Question his personal failures, but not his ability to be an effective Comptroller.
- It's a shame Spitzer didn't remain attorney general. That was his calling, I think.
De Blasio is pulling in a lot of money now.
- [quote] I bet she'll poor a two-liter bottle of Coke on Tmes Square.
- FRan Lebowitz doesn't have anything to offer the 21st Century, for God's sake, especially personality.
- You know it's KILLING the Times that De Blasio is eating Quinn's lunch.
- I've lost a lot of respect for the New York Times due to their endorsement of Quinn.
- I'm from faraway on the left coast and I'm fascinated with this mayoral election. Why do you folks think the NYT endorsed Quinn whom they'd pilloried as an unstable and unforgiving, undemocratic city council member and spokesperson? The NYT's endorsement might just proclaim its editorial indecision and stupidity.
- R118. And its venality. Lot of chatter suggests people think all three papers were bought. (Well it does replace long-gone advertising revenue and might explain De Blasio's huge lead in the polls.)
- [quote]Lot of chatter suggests people think all three papers were bought.
No idea what you're talking about
- The only Quinn ads I've seen have been the one trumping her endorsements from the Times, News and Post. Which goes to show how out of touch her campaign managers are. Right now she's running in the Democratic primary and bragging about getting the Post's endorsement seems so counter intuitive in terms of persuading liberal voters to vote for Quinn.
- De Blasio will make NYC affordable again.
- Any gay person I know wouldn't be caught dead voting for Quinn. It's either De Blasio or Thompson but no one is for the carrot-top sellout.
- [quote]De Blasio will make NYC affordable again.
That will never happen, no matter who the mayor is. The old NYC is gone forever, and it will be the city for the 1% for the rest of our lives.
- I think all three papers endorsed Quinn and Stringer, and that's all you need to know that you shouldn't vote for either one of them.
- A real possibility is that after September 10, we will realize that Florida Republicans aren't the only crooks to fuck with voting machines.
- Is the New York Times schizophrenic, or inept, or both? First, they spend the early days of the campaign dissing Chris Quinn at every possible moment, then they do a complete about face and endorse her, enthusiastically, as the only candidate for mayor. They had no complaints in their endorsement. Today, they return to criticizing her for her role in the overturn of the term limit issue, and suddenly De Blasio is given some positive press. They know, of course, that it's Labor Day, and probably the paper has its lowest possible readership (in a recent line of low readership). Has the paper finally lost its position as the paper of record?
- Nobody under 40 reads newspapers anymore, r127.
- Nobody gives a fuck what people under 40 allegedly "do" or don't.
- [quote]Any gay person I know wouldn't be caught dead voting for Quinn. It's either De Blasio or Thompson but no one is for the carrot-top sellout.
And if she wins the nom, which she will, then what? You wanna stay home/vote for the Repug? Good luck with that.
- R130, please come back in 2 weeks so I can gloat when your cankled queen gets her ass kicked.
- She may have been a Bloomberg supporter but so what. It gave her access to power to better serve her constituents.
Now it's wrong to have a powerful ally? Since when?
She's savvy to the ways to get things done, so she'd make an effective mayor.
You may disagree with some of Bloomberg's policies but I think an objective assessment of his tenure will find the city in better shape now than 12 years ago.
- In better shape for the 1%, maybe. Everybody else is no longer welcome.
- r128 Most people under 40 don't vote, so their opinions are irrelevant.
- ABQ, R132. ABQ. For me, voting for Lhota is a possibility if it means keeping that vicious, soulless person out of office.
- [quote]And if she wins the nom, which she will, then what?
If she wins the nom, we'll know it's bullshit. NO ONE outside of Manhattan likes her. Bloomberg was good for Manhattan and told the rest of us to go fuck ourselves despite the fact that we also pay tons in taxes - we don't get a break for being an "outer borough."
The majority of the city lives outside of "the city," so Bloomberg's toady can go fuck herself.
- The latest Quinn mailer that I saw, aimed at Latinos, proclaimed that she's for affordable housing and better wages. Right, ok.
I still haven't decided who to vote for for mayor (although it definitely won't be Quinn), comptroller, public advocate, or city council.
On a side note, there is a council district in the Bronx in which three openly gay candidates are running in the Democratic primary.
- That sounds desperate on Quinn's part. Would they actually believe it? Now DeBlasio has opened up a lead (43%) that would let him avoid a run-off.
- Don't forget to watch the last Mayoral Primary Debate tonight on WNBC at 7:00pm.
- Interesting that Quinn is far too stupid to realize that by bragging about getting the endorsement from the NY Post, she's turning off all the liberal voters, which is about 95 percent of the primary turnout. What an idiot.
- WTF?! Mayor Bloomberg states Quinn and Lhota are the best candidates to replace him then goes on to call De Blasio a racist for featuring his inter-racial family in ads and he complains about "class warfare" of De Blasio's campaign. This may help seal the primary for DeBlasio.
- He also used that Fox News argument about the poor not really being that poor, compared to the rest of the world.
"They have air conditioning and cars!"
- Nanny Bloomberg is so out of touch with the people of New York. He's elite and he can't see anything else except the 1%. Good riddance, Nanny.
- I thought that too, r142. It's only going to help deBlasio.
I don't want Quinn to lose. I want her crushed in a humiliating defeat, her mayoral hopes smashed to smithereens.
- De Blasio will finally make NYC affordable! No more outrageous rent hikes. Maybe I can finally breathe again.
- Do you really believe it? Cheaper rents? Affordable? I think it's a pipe dream, although I'll vote for De Blasio too. And hope there's no need for a runoff.
- I read in the Times that this cunt actually screams in her offices and at staffers when she is mad. Screams. Can you imagine? Who would vote for someone who lacks such control of themselves? It is almost as bad as voting for Weiner. Does she realize how bad she makes herself look, and how she is giving herself the label "bitch" even if she is a smart and effective lady, just because she loses her temper and screams?
The article also says she is very vengeful, pulling the plug on projects if the sponsors piss her off. Oy, I'm voting for Thompson. At least he won't put a trash plant in Yorkville.
- She's finally running her ads. She doesn't seem to have a message other than "Christine Quinn: the Establisment's Choice"! She's really not watching the polls if she thinks that's what she needs to win.
- Charter schools: darling of Right Wingnut policy
Where does Quinn stand on them? She LOVES them of course! Fuck the public education system, she wants MORE charters!
[quote]Ms. Quinn is unapologetic in her support for charter schools. She wants to expand their number over the next several years. But she has also called for giving communities more say in choosing sites for charter schools, and she has pushed for a deeper analysis of enrollment trends.
- Quinn got KICKED TO THE CURB tonight!
- Guess not enough people bought into the Ny Times whoring of Chris. The paper of record seems to have become the paper of being bought!
- How embarrassing for the NY papers to have all endorsed Quinn only to see her lose in such a smashing defeat.
I thought more highly of the NY Times at least. I'm glad that their editorial board was at least split between her and de Blasio who the endorsement article did admit aligned more with the Time's political philosophy.
- Quinn fucked herself by running a "scorched earth" campaign. I don't picture anyone wanting to work with this woman after the way she has conducted herself. I feel sorry for her partner tonight. You just know Quinn is going to be mighty churlish tonight!
- "No nooky tonight, Kim!!!!"
- Meanwhile, that barebacker whore Corey Johnson won her City Council seat.
Great role model.
- Lesbian Bed Death.
- [quote]Charter schools: darling of Right Wingnut policy. Where does Quinn stand on them? She LOVES them of course! Fuck the public education system, she wants MORE charters!
That's because she was sucking up to her master who is a huge supporter of the charter school movement and Michelle Rhee's erroneously named "Students First."