Christine Quinn goes on cable news to tout record, criticize opponents

Credit: MSNBC "Morning Joe"
Credit: MSNBC “Morning Joe”

City Council Speaker and leading Democratic candidate for mayor Christine Quinn appeared on MSNC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss her record and shatter those of her opponents.

“The polls will go up and down and when someone comes in who has kind of a celebrity factor with them, that can shake things up,” Quinn said, referring to a poll that placed Anthony Weiner just points below her.

Quinn told the show’s hosts that, while everyone deserves second chances, not everyone has earned them.

“We need to really look at what people were doing before their fall from grace,” Quinn said, adding later, “My record is incredibly broad and deep—quite frankly, bigger than anybody else’s who’s running for mayor.”

When asked about her record, Quinn noted she’s passed eight budgets, saved teachers from layoffs, kept firehouses and libraries open during the economic recession, expanded and improved housing and helped pass legislation making kindergarten mandatory in the city.

“I’ve made this city a better place and that’s what people need in a mayor, somebody with a record,” she said.

One of the blemishes on that record is Quinn’s role in allowing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term. But Quinn brushed this off.

“I made that decision because I thought it was right for the city, knowing there would be political consequences,” she said. “That’s what we want in leader, somebody who makes a decision even if there’s political consequences.”

When asked if there were any special interest groups that would oppose her if elected, Quinn didn’t answer directly but said sometimes groups may agree with her or disagree at times.

Quinn also said she would not get rid of the controversial stop-and-frisk practice, but said it has “gotten out of control.”

“It has torn communities and police apart and that’s a danger to long-term public safety also,” she said.

Quinn said she hasn’t asked Bloomberg for an endorsement. Of that happening in the future, she said simply, “We’ll see.”

In the show’s following segment, Eliot Spitzer came on to talk about his campaign for city comptroller. When asked how he was different, the ex-governor began to tear up.

“A lot of pain. A lot of pain. You go through that pain, you change,” Spitzer said while apparently choked up.

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  1. AUTOCRATIC QUINN OVERLOOKS HER OWN REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF THE PUBLIC TRUST & PRONOUNCES THAT WEINER & SPITZER DO NOT DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE – AGAIN IGNORING THAT IT IS ‘VOTERS’ WHO DECIDE.

    Christine Rudin Quinnberg has not earned the right to lead New York City in the first place. Slush Fund Management is hardly a qualification for Mayor. Someone might want to advise Quinn of this. Given her repeated violations of the public tust, Quinn’s opinion as to any other politicians qualifications to serve New York City is largely irrelevant. But it is nevertheless interesting that Christine Quinn now feels she has standing to question the eligibility for office and qualifications of candidates whose intellect, skill base and standing with voters is far superior to hers. Oh sweet Jesus, how ironic that one of the most singularly corrupt, hollow and opportunistic politicians in the history of New York City, who was lucky to avoid indictment, prosecution and jail, has the audacity to dictate to New Yorkers that Weiner & Spitzer have not earned the right to challenge her and her cronies.

    IT IS VOTERS WHO DECIDE who has standing to lead us not politicians who craft themselves a third term by flipping term limits put in place by voter referendum. When can NYC finally turn a page and harpoon this whale’s political future and move on? Or better stated, in terms Quinn can relate to, perhaps New Yorkers can PURGE after Quinn’s long political BINGE.