The Mayor’s Race Shifts Into Latino Overdrive

Council Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson at Latino-oriented campaign events.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson at Latino-oriented campaign events.

At the height of a blistering heat wave that pummeled the city two weeks ago, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stepped from a black SUV that lingered near the sidewalk just long enough to let its precious cargo leave. The former governor of Puerto Rico, Sila María Calderón, draped in a regal gold jacket, had flown from San Juan to join Ms. Quinn and formally endorse her for mayor of New York City.

Once inside a larger recreational room of the Bronx’s Andrew Jackson Senior Center, filled to the brim with primarily Hispanic seniors, the pair of female politicians were announced like the Rolling Stones gracing the stage of Madison Square Garden.

“We have the first woman who was the governor of Puerto Rico and we have the first woman who is going to be the mayor of the City of New York,” Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo declared, drawing uproarious applause.

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