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Queer Talk: Christine Quinn, First “Out” Candidate For NYC Mayor (VIDEO)

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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)

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9 Responses to Queer Talk: Christine Quinn, First “Out” Candidate For NYC Mayor (VIDEO)

  1. guyski March 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Looks like she will get a lot of flak concerning her role in overturning term-limits for Bloomberg.

    Good.

    • Joyce Arnold March 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Hey guyski. Good to hear from you. I saw that criticism when earlier speculations / predictions that Quinn would run made news. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

      • guyski March 12, 2013 at 5:58 am #

        Hi Joyce, took a break from commenting, got kind of sick of the media. Not because of the election, but because of Hurricane Sandy. But always read your posts.

        • Joyce Arnold March 12, 2013 at 8:48 am #

          I understand the “getting sick of the media” thing :).

          Thanks for reading, and jump in with comments whenever it works for you.

  2. Taylor Marsh March 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I’m thrilled she announced.

  3. LiberalJoe March 12, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    NYC politics is tribal politics at its worst and is coupled with the fact that the NYC Dem party is as useless and corrupt/inept as any other party in the country. As a NYC resident it will probably be a crowed field so it may not take much to get the nomination including any possible runoff.

    For me her partnership with Bloomberg to ignore the term limits ban really pissed me off, just another hack politician seeking favor from a monied interest (Bloomberg) who could be helpful down the road, while ignoring the will of the people (the people passed a term limits ban twice). Lets not forget the slush fund scandal (by that criteria just about every politician would be disqualified)

    One of my criteria is did the candidate vote to overturn the term limits-that criteria will hold for all city offices that I vote for.

    Not impressed by her.

    Lets see what else is out there -3rd parties and all.

    • guyski March 12, 2013 at 5:55 am #

      Yes, she was considering a mayoral run in 2009, but that slush fund scandal kind of squashed that. So someone asking her; if her position on term-limits, was self-serving would be a valid question.

    • Joyce Arnold March 12, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Liberal Joe, “Tribal politics” indeed. From what I’ve read it will be a crowded race. You, as an NYC resident, obviously have a much better feel for how this will play out than those of us outside the area.

      Guyski, as yo say, questions about the term limit thing is definitely a “valid question.”

      Third party – I’m always looking at alternatives to the Duopoly.

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter March 12, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I simply look forward to the day…if it ever comes…when gender or preference will matter about as much as…what toothpaste the candidate uses.

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