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A new poll shows Bill De Blasio could win the NYC mayoral race without a runoff, the NYT reports:
A new survey from Quinnipiac University finds that 43 percent of likely Democratic voters plan to support Mr. de Blasio, the public advocate, in the Sept. 10 primary. William C. Thompson Jr., who captured the Democratic nomination in 2009 but lost the general election that year to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, was supported by 20 percent of likely Democratic voters. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who had been the front-runner for most of the campaign, now has the support of 18 percent.
Mr. de Blasio’s 43 percent is by far his best performance in a public poll during the campaign. A runoff will be held, on Oct. 1, only if none of the nine Democrats on the ballot receives 40 percent of the vote.
The poll, released just hours before the final televised debate in the Democratic primary, is likely to intensify pressure on Mr. Thompson and Ms. Quinn to use the high-profile forum to alter the dynamic of the race.
The NYT has chosen its candidate:
Ms. Quinn, the City Council speaker, offers the judgment and record of achievement anyone should want in a mayor. Two opponents — Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, and William Thompson Jr., former comptroller — offer powerful arguments on their own behalf. But Ms. Quinn inspires the most confidence that she would be the right mayor for the inevitable times when hope and idealism collide with the challenge of getting something done...
...We had already made up our own minds in favor of Ms. Quinn, but the Wednesday debate would have clinched it anyway. Candidates were asked what legacy they wanted to leave after two terms. “More people in the middle class,” Ms. Quinn said. It was a perfect answer, and she could have left it there. But, Quinn being Quinn, she threw in supporting details. She wants 40,000 more apartments the middle class can afford to live in. She wants to repair crumbling public housing, providing “quality conditions” for 600,000 people. She wants to make the school day longer and replace textbooks with electronic tablets. At the buzzer, she threw in: make the city “climate-change ready.”
A lot of good ideas that, in Ms. Quinn’s case, add up to an achievable vision, and one we would be glad to see come to pass.
NYC Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn Objects to Assertion by Rival's Wife That She Can't Relate to Mothers
NYC City Council speaker Christine Quinn issued a statement this morning following remarks by rival Democratic mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, in a column published by Maureen Dowd.
Wrote Dowd in the column:
At the Good Times coffee shop in Greenwich Village on Monday, de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, sat down to talk, pleased that they were no longer “laboring in the vineyard,” as the candidate dryly put it.
Asked why Quinn was not rallying women, McCray, a mother of two, replied. “She’s not accessible. She’s not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave.”
Last spring, McCray did an interview with Essence magazine about her feelings about being a black lesbian who fell in love with a white heterosexual, back in 1991, when she worked for the New York Commission on Human Rights and wore African clothing and a nose ring and he was an aide to then-Mayor David Dinkins. With her husband, she was also interviewed by the press in December and was asked if she was no longer a lesbian, and she answered ambiguously: “I am married. I have two children. Sexuality is a fluid thing, and it’s personal. I don’t even understand the question, quite frankly.”
“There are women all across the City who don’t have children for any number of reasons, whether they simply can’t, choose not to, or circumstances don’t afford them the possibility. I have taken a number of shots in this race from the men running against me, and I accept that as par for the course in a political campaign. But to criticize me as not understanding what young families go through because I might not have children, is over the line and I take great personal offense to the comment, as does my wife. As young teenage girls, both my wife and I lost our mothers and the decision to have children is a deep and personal one that we should be afforded the opportunity to make, without aspersion.
Here’s what I know about raising a young family: I know that young families struggle every day to provide for their kids, make sure they have a good education, and can afford to give them everything they need. It’s why I led the fight for mandatory kindergarten city-wide, it’s why I increased the number of pre-K slots available in New York City, it’s why I have been a staunch advocate for ensuring that children get access to breakfast at school, and it’s why I have made reforming our public education system one of the cornerstones of my campaign.
I have spoken fondly of Ms. McCray and Mr. de Blasio’s family. It’s unfortunate that they cannot do the same about mine –no matter how different it might be from theirs. But for anyone who is interested, I have a large, loving family of Catullo's and Quinn's, with 10 nieces and nephews who I absolutely adore, like they're my own."
Recent polls show Quinn and De Blasio in a dead heat.
The NYT has now updated the Dowd column with a longer quote from McCray, presumably in response to the headlines it created.
An earlier version of this column incorrectly quoted a response by Chirlane McCray, the wife of Bill de Blasio to a question about Christine Quinn. The column has been updated to reflect the full response.
And update the quote:
Asked why Quinn was not rallying women, McCray, a mother of two, replied: “Well I am a woman, and she is not speaking to the issues I care about and I think a lot of women feel the same way. I don’t see her speaking to the concerns of women who have to take care of children at a young age or send them to school and after school, paid sick days, workplace, she is not speaking to any of those issues. What can I say? And she is not accessible, she is not the kind of person who you can talk to and go up to and have a conversation with about those things, and I suspect that other women feel the same thing I’m feeling.”
The New York Daily News has a sobering story on the rise of gay-bashings in New York City. The attacks cover the gamut from simple verbal attacks to murder, though the majority of the cases are assaults with six of them being felony-level, including the murder of Mark Carson by Elliot Morales. The NYPD is preparing to handle double the number of attacks compared to last year, though Sharon Stapel at the NYC Anti-Violence Project says it's too soon to tell. Whether the attacks will double or not, the current 68 bias attacks are already well beyond last year's total of 54.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is running for mayor, has taken great interest in the problem and said of the attacks,
They think they’re going to make the people and the community they don’t like go away, that they’re going to push us back into the closet.
The way that the community and survivors of these attacks have stood up, that’s real bravery, and I think that has inspired others to stand up.
While the attacks are leaving some scared to walk down the street, there has been a galvanizing effect on the gay community, causing them to speak out and get the attention of the NYPD and city council. This attention has helped foster a conversation in the city about the crimes, and one result has been for the council to sponsor free self defense classes in all five boroughs.
Openly gay New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has received several antigay death threats while on the campaign trail, her wife Kim Catullo revealed in an interview with the New York Daily News yesterday.
"Chris has gotten threats about being gay. It's hard to accept and we live in a place that is the most tolerant," said Catullo, who has lived with Quinn for 12 years and married her last year when New York State legalized same-sex marriage.
"I worry about everything, if she is getting enough rest, is she safe," said Catullo, who did not specify the nature of the threats.
A campaign spokesman confirmed the threats but did not want to elaborate.
Catullo said recent hate crimes against gays in the city - including in the couple's old block in Chelsea - have been sobering. "When you have strides like marriage equality, you tend to think (prejudice) has passed, then things like that happen, and it wakes you up again," she said.