Yesterday Christine Quinn, NY City Council Speaker, made it official: she’s running for mayor. As the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund’s Gay Politics puts it, NYC
… could become the largest municipality in the world to elect an openly gay mayor if … Quinn is successful in her bid for the job.
A successful bid would also mean another first for the Big Apple: a woman as mayor.
The announcement was not a surprise. At The Advocate, Michelle Garcia writes:
The 46-year-old Democrat … who was highly expected to run for the city’s top spot … . Quinn married her longtime partner Kim Catullo last year. In addition to a biographical announcement video …, Quinn kicked off her campaign with a ‘Walk and Talk’ tour to the various neighborhoods of the city to interact with citizens.
At the New York Times, Michael Grynbaum describes one event during the “Walk and Talk,” as Quinn responded to a greeting from a bus driver by climbing the steps to shake his hand, while passengers applauded.
It was a scene nearly unimaginable in this buttoned-up era of City Hall: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, after all, is not known for greeting New Yorkers with an enthusiastic public display of affection.
The article notes, however, that Bloomberg is a “close political ally” of Quinn’s, and while working to “distinguish herself from” the sitting mayor, she also “took pains to avoid mentioning the man she hopes to replace in City Hall.”
The Advocate noted that in 2011, Ed Koch endorsed Quinn, saying she was “the idea ‘center-to-the-left candidate.’”
With strong fund-raising and a close working relationship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Quinn is perceived as a front-runner in the crowded Democratic field. Other candidates eyeing the office include Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, and former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, according to MSNBC.
(Christine Quinn via Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund)