Christine Quinn Officially Launches NYC Mayoral Campaign: VIDEO


Out lesbian City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially launched her NYC mayoral campaign this morning with a video touting her accomplishments as Speaker and in community leadership positions before that.

She also announced a "walk and talk" tour of every NYC neighborhood as part of her effort to get to know city voters.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. After admitting that "her office" allocated millions of dollars to fake charities (aka the slush fund scandal), Christine overturned term limits with the hope that four more years in the Council would give NYers time to forget. But we have not forgotten. Quinn has violated the public trust and betrayed NYers far too many times to be regarded as a public servant, much less a viable candidate for Mayor.

    Posted by: Donny Moss | Mar 10, 2013 10:01:33 AM

  2. She's no Bloomberg . . .

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 10, 2013 11:36:06 AM

  3. New York City council has a "speaker"?

    What the F do you people think you are? Your own country? You ban sodas, you trample the Second Amendment, you stop and frisk criminals at random on the street, and you take in and spend a flipping fortune in taxes.

    New York City needs to be taken to the woodshed.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 10, 2013 12:51:08 PM

  4. Three questions for David Hearne:

    (1) Who the F do you mean exactly by "you" in your second sentence -- the Mayor, other elected official, the citizens, who?

    (2) And do you live or work in New York City?

    (3) Why are you surprised that the City Council of NY has a Speaker? FYI: The Council consists of 50+ members, each elected by voters to represent of their neighborhoods. The Councilmembers choose their leader, whose title is Speaker of the City Council, in the same way that the U.S. House of Representatives chooses its own Speaker.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Mar 10, 2013 1:32:34 PM

  5. Oh David! remember when you conservatives just *loved* New York when you used its tragedy to market your wars? Guess we're back to pre-9/11 provincialism. Have a nice Tea Party with your Mississippi model.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 10, 2013 1:44:09 PM

  6. Mike - WTF are you talking about? I have never loved nyc.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 10, 2013 1:49:40 PM

  7. Um, David, all major cities in the US have speakers on their city councils. What are you talking about?

    Posted by: Travis | Mar 10, 2013 2:30:43 PM

  8. And I intend to do everything in my power to make sure that wench does NOT get elected as mayor. She will be a disaster for NYC.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 10, 2013 2:31:26 PM

  9. Two words Madame Speaker:term limits! New York needs a true leader not a power hungry money driven blowhard like you.

    Posted by: rebarb | Mar 10, 2013 3:18:33 PM

  10. she's always rubbed me the wrong the way. but i want a gay mayor. :( there's gotta be a lesbian in park slope somewhere that is better than her!

    Posted by: brian | Mar 10, 2013 4:49:14 PM

  11. Power, privilege and self-aggrandizement.

    Just because someone is gay doesn't mean that she/he deserves a vote from the gay community. Most Democrats in NYC are pro-gay. Find someone else.

    Posted by: Ciao | Mar 10, 2013 5:34:40 PM

  12. @ David Hearn:

    You are obviously yet another hater of New York City. Sit your a** down and shut up. You are nobody special. I don't care how self-righteous you wanna be.

    Posted by: Audi-owner | Mar 10, 2013 7:47:30 PM

  13. TRavis=

    Are you sure about that? I just checked New York, Los ANgeles, Chicago, and Houston (the four largest cities) and only NYC appears to have a speaker of the council. Seems a little pretentious.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 10, 2013 7:55:39 PM

  14. @all the NYC haters.

    There are 8.2 million people living in New York City. If NYC were its own state, it would be the 12th largest (between New Jersey and Virginia). To state the obvious: that means that 39 states, which each have at least one legislative leader (i.e. speaker) are smaller. Should we combine and eliminate those roles?

    Further, the NYC metropolitan area (which would obviously not exist without the city itself), has 22.2 million people, which would make it the third largest state in the US (behind Texas).

    Finally, NYC has the second highest urban GDP in the world (behind Tokyo), at $1.3 trillion, which is almost 9% of the US economy.

    If the city wants its own speaker, STFU.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 10, 2013 8:06:49 PM

  15. Why do you guys always feed trolls like David Hearne? He's just here to rile you all up, not to add anything substantive to the discussion. Ignore him and he'll go away.

    Posted by: MateoM | Mar 10, 2013 8:10:19 PM

  16. appalling hair dye color
    & the cut isn;t much better
    what color is that anyway?
    does it occur in nature?

    Posted by: jw | Mar 10, 2013 9:49:25 PM

  17. @ mateom - you underestimate me.

    @ audi-owner - so says he who thinks we give a rat's patoot what kind of car he drives. Signed, Toyota truck owner (as in paid-for)

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 10, 2013 10:04:47 PM

  18. @ Daniel Yeah and 20.6% of them are on welfare. That's just food stamps.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 10, 2013 10:13:03 PM

  19. I hate New York as much as my parents hate having a gay son. A lot. It's a good thing I can live somewhere where I don't have to worry about all my guns being taken away.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 10, 2013 10:18:14 PM

  20. The David Hearne business unfortunately takes us away from what I see as the more interesting questions Quinn's run raise for the gay community.

    If you're a progressive liberal, do you have to vote a "gay" ticket? Is Quinn relying too much on gay support?

    I find her a troubling and morally unreliable political presence (my opinion, of course)and she'll have to do a great deal of work to win my vote.

    We're moving into an interesting reality where out gay candidates aren't rarities anymore. This shift will force us to confront interesting questions about identity, community and politics. I would hope that the conversation here would reflect this new, rich and challenging reality.

    Posted by: Earl | Mar 10, 2013 10:27:13 PM

  21. @ Earl, I think you make a good point. My personal view is the LGBT community has a responsibility to support politicians who advance our rights (regardless of their own sexual orientation). This line of thinking would cause me to support someone like Michael Bloomberg (who has strongly advocated for marriage equality), while not supporting someone like Jim Kolbe (openly gay Republican who supported DOMA). However, what should our community do when more than one candidate supports equal rights for the LGBT community? In NYC, it's likely that both major mayoral candidates (Republican and Democrat) will support marriage equality. Should we decide on other issues or should we give the nod to the LGBT candidate?

    It's hard -- especially if we believe another candidate is more qualified. There would be few things worse than watching an openly LGBT candidate fail badly in such a visible role (not to say that Ms. Quinn will).

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 10, 2013 11:07:20 PM

  22. David Hearne needs to sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 11, 2013 10:15:10 AM

  23. She's a sleazy as they come, and IMO lacks the background and ability to run the county's most important city and one of the most important cities in the world. I guarantee you if she won and was mayor for one or God forbid two terms or more [she helped get rid of term limits], the city would be run into the ground and the violent crime rate would skyrocket. Because unfortunately this is what happens when self professed 'progressive' politicians take charge. One of the defining problems with 'progressive' governments is not financial issues, it's violent crime and crime in general. They are always incapable of controlling it, and usually make bad situations worse. It is the real 'progressive' Achilles heal.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 11, 2013 10:31:38 AM

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