The era of good feelings in the mayoral race–if it ever existed in the first place–is officially over.
Pulling no punches, the five leading Democrats tangled repeatedly at a mayoral debate televised by ABC tonight, marking the latest and most furious phase of the long campaign. While all of the candidates traded barbs, it was Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner who exchanged perhaps the most bitter blows.
“So, Anthony’s right, we’ve all heard a lot about his personal issues. For me, the bigger issue is his record,” said Ms. Quinn in response to a question about Mr. Weiner’s sexting scandal. “I listed some of what I’ve accomplished in City Hall. But if you look at Anthony’s record in Congress, it was passing one piece of legislation at the request of a campaign contributor who was a tobacco distributor. That is not a record of results for middle class New Yorkers.”