Former front-runner Christine Quinn spent her final day before the polls open chatting with public school parents in Upper Manhattan and zigzagging through Queens, where she greeted Latino and South Asian voters in the heart of Jackson Heights’s business district, and strolled along major thoroughfares in Forest Hills and Astoria.
Although she trails the poll-leading Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on the eve of the Democratic primary and appears locked in a battle for second place with former Comptroller Bill Thompson, Ms. Quinn was nevertheless confident she would make it into the expected runoff tomorrow night.
Well, that’s certainly creative.
A new negative mailer attacking City Council candidate Ritchie Torres features several typical quotes from news reports, as well as a rather curious entry under the The New York Observer‘s logo that actually comes from our comments section.
The Tall Man Cometh
The question for Tuesday–at least according to two new polls–is not whether Bill de Blasio will come in first, but whether he’ll sail through without a runoff or go head-to-head with Bill Thompson.
The city’s public advocate remains far ahead of his mayoral rivals a day before the primary, according to two new polls out last night and this morning. But one shows Mr. Thompson gaining steam.
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.
Barron for Barron
Councilman Charles Barron can be described in many ways, but demure and dispassionate typically aren’t on the list.
The bombastic councilman, for instance, launched his unsuccessful bid for Congress last year by declaring, “I don’t care what they say, I’m still not saluting the flag!” In the halls of Washington, Mr. Barron vowed he’d continue to “stand up for Robert Mugabe, who’s an African hero–taking land back from white people who stole the land from us in the first place!”
Now, after 12 years as a constant presence at press conferences and rallies, the term-limited eastern Brooklyn councilman will be forced out of office. But he hopes his wife, Inez Barron, an assemblywoman with identical ideological stripes, can cement the Barron legacy.
Out of Comptrol
In the clearest sign yet that the race to become the next city’s comptroller is neck-and-neck, the two candidate launched attack ads tearing into each other today.
They were tough.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer took direct aim at the prostitution scandal that felled ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political career five years ago.
Former Deputy Mayor Joe Lhota is getting a boost from his old boss right before Election Day next Tuesday.
“You’ll see him this weekend,” the GOP mayoral candidate said when asked about former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in an interview on Fox 5′s Good Day New York this morning. “Bring your cameras out. You’ll be able to see him.”
Pretty Fly (For a Tall Guy)
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio seems to have it in the bag.
With a commanding lead in the polls and palpable momentum, Mr. de Blasio was treated like a reigning champion as he embarked on a five-borough campaign tour today that sometimes felt like a victory lap, with less than a week to go before the primary.
Through the Liu-king Glass
Despite trailing his four major rivals in the mayor’s race, at least according to the public polls, Comptroller John Liu continued to express confidence that he’ll emerge victorious as he rolled out still more endorsements for his underdog campaign this afternoon.
“I want to be the mayor of all people. I am proud to be the mayor of change. We are going to win this election, and we are going to change this city,” Mr. Liu declared during a press conference on the steps of City Hall.
Although some might question the probability of Mr. Liu’s electoral prediction, few would question his hustle.
If there were any remaining questions on the subject, they have been answered: Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer are certainly not buddies anymore.
The two comptroller candidates squared off for the last time this morning, trading blow after blow at a Midtown forum hosted by the Council of Urban Professionals. Mr. Stringer was especially aggressive, pummeling the former governor again and again for resigning in the wake of a prostitution scandal five years ago. Mr. Spitzer, meanwhile, tried to brush off the attacks, while offering hits of his own.