De Blasio Wishes Quinn Would Wield Her Wrath for Paid Sick Days

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Politicos across the city are abuzz with excitement over The New York Timesfront-page profile of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s “surprisingly volatile” temperament, but one of her top rivals in the mayoral race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, isn’t piling on. Indeed, when asked about the article today, Mr. de Blasio simply urged Ms. Quinn to put her forceful personality behind paid sick day legislation in the City Council.

“I dont worry so much about the fact that she raises her voice and gets angry at people,” Mr. de Blasio said at a City Hall press conference on the paid sick day bill. “I worry that she doesn’t speak up for average New Yorkers. I think it’s one thing to say in a private conversation, she gets angry and upset with people, but I’d like to see her speak up when it matters on issues like this and we haven’t seen that. Repeatedly, we’ve seen her look the other way on issues like paid sick days and living wage. That’s what the public will ultimately judge, the substance, whether someone is on their side or not.”

In The Times piece, Ms. Quinn is described as routinely issuing threats to other lawmakers with parlance like, “I’m going to cut his balls off.” Mr. de Blasio, an occasional Quinn antagonist, declined to mention if he’s ever been the recipient of similarly colorful remarks, but did say he was always respectful of his staff and colleagues.

“I think I can be demanding of my staff. I think I’m respectful of my staff,” Mr. de Blasio said. “I’m also respectful of other elected officials, other leaders, … that’s something you have to do, even if you disagree with them.”

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