Christine Quinn Rallies LGBT Supporters Outside Stonewall Inn

Christine Quinn, her wife, Kim Catullo, and actor Cheyenne Jackson.
Christine Quinn, her wife, Kim Catullo, and actor Cheyenne Jackson.

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.

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How the Candidates Are Getting Ready for Tonight’s Big Debate

Christine Quinn and her Democratic rivals.
The candidates facing off during a previous debate.

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.

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Erick Salgado Compares His Struggle for Legitimacy to MLK

Erick Salgado V. Discrimination
Erick Salgado at today’s press confernece

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.

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Anthony Weiner Proclaims Himself a Pro-Women Candidate

Anthony speaks at the 2011 Planned Parenthood Stand Up For Women Health Rally.
Anthony Weiner speaks at the 2011 Planned Parenthood Stand Up For Women Health Rally.  (Screenshot)

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.

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Scott Stringer Wants to Boost Number of Women in Corporate Boardrooms

Scott Stringer (Photo: Wikimedia)
Scott Stringer (Photo: Wikimedia)

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.

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Unions Launch Spanish Radio Ad Campaign Touting Quinn

Christine Quinn and Sila María Calderón
Christine Quinn at one of her many events touting her support in the Latino community.

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.”

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Anthony Weiner Touts Council Work at End of Record-Touting Week

Anthony Weiner motioning to a public housing complex that went up in flames.
Anthony Weiner motioning to a public housing complex that went up in flames.

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.

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