City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s dad, sidelined for months by medical problems, returned to the campaign trail this morning just in time for his 87th birthday.
The charming Larry Quinn, often referred to as Ms. Quinn’s “not-so-secret weapon,” stopped by a senior center near Washington Square Park to stump for his daughter as the mayoral campaign enters its final, frenzied stretch.
“Well, you know, I’d like to be more mobile, but at least I’m on my feet and I don’t have an escort any longer–a paid escort!” joked Mr. Quinn as he left the center after a short visit, accompanied by Ms. Quinn’s father-in-law, Anthony Catullo. While Mr. Quinn walked a little slower than usual, with the assistance of a cane, his humor appeared perfectly in tact.
Christine Quinn’s famously press-shy wife, Kim Catullo, dipped her toes into the media spotlight for the first time this weekend, sitting for a series of interviews with local outlets after months of watching from the sidelines.
Politicker met Ms. Catullo at the campaign’s lower Manhattan headquarters, where we asked about the prospect of being married to the city’s first female and openly gay mayor, Ms. Quinn’s most annoying habits, as well as the best Bruce Springsteen album of all time.
“As a private gal, this has been interesting,” said Ms. Catullo, a corporate lawyer who married the Democratic City Council speaker last spring at a star-studded wedding attended by a huge swath of the city’s leading officials.
City Council speaker and likely mayoral candidate Christine Quinn appeared on a panel about the state of women in politics hosted by Glamour Magazine and the 92nd Street Y last night along with former McCain/Palin advisor Nicolle Wallace, Abby Huntsman, Rush Limbaugh’s nemesis Sandra Fluke and moderator Chelsea Clinton. At one point, the panelists discussed the advantages of having a woman on your arm at political functions and Ms. Quinn explained how her fiancee, Kim Catullo, has helped her navigate City Hall.
“My toughest dinners, Kim is required to come along,” Ms. Quinn said. “The mayor likes her way better than me.”