After spending the evening phone-banking with actor Steve Buscemi, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio stopped by CNN’s Piers Morgan Live last night with Sex and the City alum Cynthia Nixon to discuss his mayoral bid.
After prompting a glowing endorsement from Ms. Nixon, Mr. Morgan quickly turned to a video of Mr. de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, in which she proudly proclaims her dad is not “some boring white guy.”
Standing alongside her rivals at the first broadcast debate of the mayor’s race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the contest’s former front-runner, seemed like a candy-coated version of herself.
Suited up to stand out in a bright pink dress and powder-pink jacket, the famously brash Ms. Quinn spoke slowly and softly, her head cocked slightly to the side, seemingly coached to dig into her opponents and deliver repeated talking points with a frozen smile.
“Quinn trapped in consultant Saran Wrap,” remarked one noted columnist of the wooden performance. One stunned Democratic operative described “a Stepford wife version of Chris Quinn.” A writer, pegging Ms. Quinn “the grinning assassin,” suggested she was “smiling and speaking slowly, as if trying not to alarm the audience.”
In an interview with Politicker after the forum, Ms. Quinn ascribed the observations to nerves ahead of the biggest primary debate yet.
It’s usually hard enough at the bottom of the totem pole, working for free in the cut-throat world of politics during an election year. But this year’s crop of summer interns seem to be having an especially brutal time, enduring slap attacks, hospitalizations and vilification on the trail.
Earlier today, an intern for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign was attacked at a press conference by a furious newsletter publisher angry about a local hospital closing.
As the primary season comes to an end and the 2014 midterms start to stir, political operatives continue to make headlines for doing stupid shit. I wrote a hit story a couple weeks ago about the new breed of operatives whining and tattling and leaking. But it occurs to me that the reason for this bad behavior is that some political operatives are failing to remember one undisputed fact about campaigns: An operative must have a candidate’s best interest at heart at all times, even when the candidate acts like a lunatic.
At first, actress Susan Sarandon expected to back Council Speaker Christine Quinn in her bid to become the city’s first female mayor. But she had to evaluate her other priorities as well.
Citing Ms. Quinn’s positions on term limits and her foot-dragging passing paid sick leave legislation, Ms. Sarandon threw her support behind the city’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio.
“As a woman, initially I was interested in Quinn,” Ms. Sarandon declared tonight at a fund-raiser at the swanky SPiN Galactic New York ping pong club. “It became clear to me that, you know as a woman, you can’t just vote your vagina.”
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.
Before he married his wife, former Congressman Anthony Weiner had a previously undisclosed relationship with an on-again-off-again congressional and campaign aide nearly two decades his junior.
In pushing back against the publication of this story, the spokeswoman for his current mayoral campaign, Barbara Morgan, phoned The New York Observer‘s editor in chief. Partially confirming the relationship, she said the two “had a personal relationship.” (At that point, Ms. Morgan stopped mid-sentence to request the conversation be continued off the record.)
In a cease-and-desist letter sent to The New York Observer today, an attorney for the woman said his client, Dolev Azaria, “vehemently denies” that she and Mr. Weiner had any romantic relationship “while Ms. Azaria was working for Mr. Weiner.”