Council Speaker Christine Quinn rolled out more endorsements for her mayoral campaign today in order to launch “Women for Chris”– highlighting the historic nature of her bid to become the first female mayor of New York City. Among those to announce their support for Ms. Quinn were former Comptroller Liz Holtzman, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, comedian Whoopi Goldberg and others.
“I am proud to be supporting the candidate I feel most represents the heartbeat of this great city—Christine Quinn,” Ms. Goldberg said in a statement.
Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
Yesterday, a record 20 women were sworn in to the U.S. Senate. To mark the occasion ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer had all of the female senators on for a group interview. One of the major topics of the discussion was the belief of many of the senators that they achieve better results than their male colleagues on a variety of issues including the budget, immigration reform and climate change. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow got the ball rolling when she suggested women are more inclined to get results by working in a bipartisan manner.
“It was the first time in 2001 when we had enough women to actually be on every committee, to have a woman’s voice, a woman’s experience [and] a woman’s values on every committee. You fast forward to now, the new year. There will be six of us chairing committees and other women in the ranking member spot,” Ms. Stabenow said. “And I think the public understands to get things done, we’re the ones that want to work across the aisle to do that.”
Maine Senator Susan Collins took the argument a step further by saying if women were in charge of the Senate and in the White House there would be a solution to the budget debate that has gripped Washington.
“I think if we were in charge of the Senate and of the administration that we would have a budget deal by now,” Ms. Collins said.
In advance of the upcoming elections, the women’s magazine Marie Claire got a look inside the purses of several prominent female candidates for their “Running in Heels” feature. Based on their findings, iPads and other Apple gear are must-have accessories on the campaign trail, but a few of the women in the article apparently tote less standard fare including one candidate with a heavy energy drink habit and another who’s packing heat.
Jon Huntsman made a date to win Ben Stein’s money on Park Avenue next week.
Congressman Peter King voiced his displeasure with Newt Gingrich.
NYPD officers ate Occupy Wall Street’s pizza.
Much Ado About Abortion
Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann blasted her rival Newt Gingrich for his position on babymaking. In an interview with ABC reporter Jake Tapper today, Mr. Gingrich said he believes human life begins at implantation. Congresswoman Bachmann responded by releasing a statement criticizing Mr. Gingrich’s position and making it known she believes life begins the moment an embryo is conceived.