The west side activist and 2009 candidate for the City Council gave $100 to former City Comptroller (and potential 2013 candidate) Bill Thompson. She chipped in another $100 to current City Comptroller (and potential 2013 candidate) John Liu. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got another $100. So did Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer.
Left out was Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose mayoral ambitions Kurland tried to derail when she ran against her in 2009. The two were nominal allies in westside political circles until 2008, when Quinn and the City Council voted to overturn the city’s term limit law. Kurland went ahead with her campaign anyway, losing to Quinn by a 52-31 margin. (A third candidate, Maria Passannante-Derr, scored 16 percent of the vote.)
Asked why Quinn was cut out, Kurland said it was simply because she gave to all of those who asked.
“I was asked by the other candidates, and I was happy to give,” she said. ”I wasn’t asked by Christine Quinn to donate.”
By many accounts, Kurland is gearing up for another run for the seat that Quinn has held since 1999, and having the Council Speaker in her corner–or at least neutral–could be a big advantage.
Asked what her future plans were, Kurland said, “I haven’t made a decision one way or the other. 2013 is a long, long ways away. We will see what happens.”