You can call Christine Quinn many things, but according to the City Council speaker, “establishment candidate” isn’t one of them.
In an interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer this morning, the host suggested she might be the most establishment-friendly Democrat in the mayor’s race, an argument Ms. Quinn promptly shot down as she insisted her progressive roots, in fact, run deep.
“I can’t tell you how unfair I think that is,” insisted Ms. Quinn. “If you look at the record of what I’ve done, it’s been about moving this city forward to make it a better place.”
Bill Clinton’s “good-looking rascal” diss of Texas Governor Rick Perry earlier this week reminds WNYC’s Jim O’Grady of the warming the former president gave to Democrats about another guy from Texas.
“[T]he staffer, an acquaintance, said this was the advice he’d heard Clinton giving to various Dems about President Bush: ‘Do not underestimate the guy. He’s a canny pol. We need to beat him like a drum.’”
Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner signaled a shift on his economic policies, moving away from a pledge he made last year to avoid raising taxes.
On the Brian Lehrer Show this morning, around the 16:30 mark, the WNYC host asked “So, you won’t sign the Grover Norquist ‘no new taxes under any circumstances’ pledge?”
Turner, who signed it in 2010, said: “Um, I would hate to part with Grover’s money, but it’s probably, I’m pretty close to that.