Quinn kicks off mayoral campaign with five-borough tour
by Andrew Pavia
Mar 13, 2013 | 1257 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Speaker Christine Quinn's mayoral campaign stops in Forest Hills on Sunday.
Speaker Christine Quinn's mayoral campaign stops in Forest Hills on Sunday.
In a grassroots approach, Speaker Christine Quinn announced her bid for mayor this past weekend with a five-borough tour, shaking hands with pedestrians and visiting local businesses.

It was clear that the narrative Quinn hopes to create for her campaign is one that shows she is in touch with the common, everyday New Yorkers struggling to make it in the city.

Although she is seen as a frontrunner in the Democratic primary for the mayoral seat, the speaker will have an uphill; battle to climb.

Quinn has been a member of the City Council since 1999, and was elected speaker in 2006. If elected, she would not only be the city’s first female mayor, but the first openly gay one as well.

Her efforts to attract middle-class voters could come under scrutiny, however, as many critics argue she has walked lock-step with Mayor Michael Bloomberg since assuming the speaker's role.

In a possible effort to distance herself from the Bloomberg administration, Quinn subtly criticized recent health-conscious legislation. She walked into a pizzeria where she ordered “the largest drink on the menu.”

In the Bronx, she instructed volunteers to buy churros from a vendor and to make sure they weren't sugar free.

At a campaign stop in Forest Hills, Herbert Goldman asked Quinn why she allowed Bloomberg to seek a third term.

Quinn responded that she and her colleagues in the City Council were giving voters the chance to elect anyone they wanted, but Goldman said he didn't think she cares about the opinion of New Yorkers.

“You don’t give a damn about our election votes,” Goldman said to Quinn.

“For some New Yorkers, the decision I made will make it impossible for them to vote for me,” she said. “And I respect that.”

After Quinn went on her way, Goldman said, “Yeah she came over and that’s nice.” When asked if her approach would change his feelings on the speaker, he said, “Absolutely not, I’m not voting for her.”

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