Empire State Pride Agenda Backing Quinn's NYC Mayoral Run
This should come as no surprise... Empire State Pride Agenda will endorse City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's run for New York City mayor's office today.
"She's got a great track record of delivering for the LGBT community and our families, so we are thrilled to endorse her candidacy," executive director Nathan Schaeffer told The Wall Street Journal of the out and proud politico.
More from that paper:
Mr. Schaefer said the group looked beyond her commitment to LGBT issues, citing her "progressive" policy agenda as a key factor in the endorsement. "We think she's the best candidate to lead the city to the next level and she's got the best vision for New York," he said.
In November, President Barack Obama's 3-to-1 advantage in exit polls among voters who identified themselves as gay played a role in his victory. Ms. Quinn's campaign hopes the gay vote in New York City, estimated at 10% of the electorate, will be a powerful force in this year's mayoral election.
Ms. Quinn said in an email that she's thrilled to have the support of an organization that has been "at the forefront in [the] fight for equality and justice for the LGBT community."
Speaker Quinn also highlighted how she and the group have worked together to tackle tough issues in the Big Apple and elsewhere in the state, "Working together, we have gotten real results for New Yorkers—from securing more funding to fight AIDS, to standing up against hate crimes to, most recently, passing marriage equality in Albany."
Reporter Michael Howard Saul also pointed us to a Quinnipiac University poll showing that 35% of the city's Democrats support Quinn, 24 points higher than the next most popular Democrat, public advocate Bill de Blasio.