Hundreds of supporters of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gathered outside the historic Stonewall Inn this evening for a get-out-the-vote rally in support of the woman who is vying to be the city’s first female and openly gay mayor.
As Ms. Quinn struggles to regain her footing just four days before the primary, the former front-runner is increasingly pointing to the historic nature of her candidacy. And the rally, with local LGBT officials, minor celebrities and gay rights activists, was intended to do just that.
This is it: The last chance for the Democratic mayoral candidates to face off before voters head to the polls a week from today.
And like professional athletes ahead of a big game, each candidate has his or her own way of preparing for the high-stakes showdown. From rocking out to favorite bands to role-playing with aides, here’s what the candidates will be doing ahead of tonight’s final televised debate.
Rev. Erick Salgado has a dream.
That dream is to be included in Quinnipiac University polls of the mayor’s race, like his fellow, better-known, Democratic candidates.
To make his point known, Mr. Salgado held a press conference on the City Hall steps this morning and accused the polling firm, as well as debate organizers and the media, of discriminating against his campaign based on his socioeconomic status and his ethnicity.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who has come under repeated fire from women’s groups and feminist leaders for his online sexting habits, is touting his credentials fighting for women’s rights.
In a fund-raising email today to supporters titled “Continuing the Fight for Women’s Equality,” Mr. Weiner, whose mayoral campaign is sputtering in the polls, marked Women’s Equality Day by touting his record advocating for women.
Comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer wants to use the city’s financial clout to boost the number of women serving in the country’s corporate boardrooms.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day–and in what some may see as a subtle dig against rival Eliot Spitzer and the infamous prostitution scandal that ended Mr. Spitzer’s governorship–Mr. Stringer will roll out plans today to encourage greater female representation at the highest levels of corporate power, with proposals that include the appointment of a “chief diversity officer” in the comptroller’s office.
A coalition of labor unions has launched a major Spanish-language radio campaign touting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.
SEIU 32BJ, the Hotel Trades Council, the Mason Tenders District Council and Teamsters Joint Local 16 have teamed up as “Unidos para Comunidades Trabajadoras” for the one-minute spot, which touts Ms. Quinn’s record and declares: “It’s time we had a mayor who looks out for us.”
After spending weeks trying to convince voters that his personal failings were behind him and touting forward-looking policy ideas, Anthony Weiner is now showcasing his past.
The former Congressman, who has often been accused of having a lackluster legislative record, has been using each day this week to showcase his most notable accomplishments. And, it seems the list is so lengthy that Mr. Weiner had to ask a campaign aide for help remembering them all.
Former Gov. David Paterson campaigned with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer this morning outside a subway stop in Harlem, but the appearance quickly turned awkward as the former governor refused to criticize Mr. Spitzer’s opponent: his former boss
Mr. Paterson, who served under Eliot Spitzer as lieutenant governor and took over when he resigned, repeatedly refused to answer a simple question: why voters should choose the little-known Stringer over Mr. Spitzer, who is leading the polls in the comptroller’s race.
“I’m not going to answer the question of why they should choose Scott over Eliot. That’s your question. I didn’t ask that question and I’m not answering it,” said Mr. Paterson, who had endorsed Mr. Stringer long before Mr. Spitzer entered the race.
They made Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer look like the stars of a buddy cop flick.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and his challenger, former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson, erupted repeatedly at each other at a St. Francis College forum last night, managing to top their furious debate performance Tuesday on NY1.
Peppering his language with words like “hell” and “damn,” Mr. Hynes resembled a cantankerous father scolding an impudent son, dismissing Mr. Thompson as a liar with a flimsy résumé. Mr. Thompson, meanwhile, painted Mr. Hynes as a corrupt product of a political machine completely out of touch with the needs of minority Brooklynites.
As former Gov. Eliot Spitzer fights speculation he won’t have enough petition signatures to make it on the ballot, former Comptroller Bill Thompson has nothing to fear. The mayoral contender has amassed more than 75,000 signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot, his campaign is announcing today.
That puts Mr. Thompson, who has the backing of the Brooklyn and Bronx Democratic county organizations, as well as the powerful teacher’s union, far ahead of his challengers, including early front-runner and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Her campaign, which has flooded the city with volunteers and unpaid interns, reported that she would submit 46,710 signatures earlier this week.