With only three weeks left until primary day, the mayor’s race has just hit a new fevered pitch.
Today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, criticizing her husband’s rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, calling her “not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave.” (Update: the de Blasio campaign said she was misquoted, see below for details.)
The remark, which comes as the contest becomes increasingly nasty, prompted a furious statement from the Quinn campaign criticizing Mr. de Blasio for discriminating against childless families.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis doesn’t have much to do with State Senator Marty Golden’s decision to host a nationally mocked “Feminine Presence” seminar, but that didn’t stop her Democratic rival from seeking to tie her to the infamous, now-canceled event.
“My opponent, who has been awfully silent throughout this matter, has the opportunity now to defend the women of her district by distancing herself from Senator Golden,” John Mancuso declared in a statement sent this evening. “This is just a mailer, but it’s quite obvious how her Republican colleagues view the role of women in New York today.”