A dangerous political phenomenon is the recent announcement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's candidacy for mayor. A few simple facts will suffice to show why she is unsuitable for any citywide elected office.
First, in 2008 Quinn, at the behest of Bloomberg's "complex reworking of post-fiscal crisis neoliberalization" (Julian Brash, Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City, University of Georgia Press, 2011), subverted the constitutional process of two public referenda in 1993 and 1996 that imposed a two-term limit for elected officials in the City of New York.
As a result of her back room brokering, the City Council voted to change term limits and allow for the mayor, City Council members, and borough presidents to run for third terms.
Second, in April 2008 the New York Post reported that Quinn’s office had appropriated millions of dollars to bogus organizations, and that the money was then secretly siphoned to organizations favored by individual council members.
Records showed that nearly one-quarter of the secret slush funds went to organizations in Quinn's council district, and that two of the biggest recipients of the funds contributed to Quinn's expected 2009 mayoral run before she derailed it at Bloomberg's behest.
Quinn's recent propaganda of her support for the "middle class" is a logic textbook case of equivocation ostensibly purporting to champion the socio-economic aspirations of the working and lower middle classes to garner their votes.
Quinn belongs in jail, not in any public office in New York City.
Joseph N. Manago