‘We need a Democrat’: Quinn endorses de Blasio in mayor’s race

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn endorses Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor after losing the Democratic primary.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio after his victory in the Democratic primary for New York mayor.

Moving past a “hard-fought” campaign, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn endorsed her former rival Bill de Blasio in the mayor’s race Tuesday.

“We believe that, working together, the best days for our city lie ahead of us, not behind us,” Quinn said just a week after losing to the public advocate by nearly 25 points, according to unofficial results.

In her endorsement, Quinn said the city needs a mayor to fight for good jobs, affordable housing and improving public schools.

“To sum it up, we need a Democrat,” she said, followed by a throaty chuckle from de Blasio.

Touting their decades-long “friendship” and noting she “has so much to be proud of,” de Blasio thanked Quinn for her support and service in the City Council.

“Some people I’m sure were hoping the Democratic party would not be unified,” de Blasio said, grinning as he added a sarcastic apology to such doubters.

The new allies suggested the primary campaign — in which they regularly slammed each other — was behind them.

“Campaigns are, you know, at their essence, about drawing contrast between yourself and your opponent,” Quinn said, noting she trusted de Blasio, even though she said the opposite a few weeks ago.

De Blasio pointed out that they had a “long history” of working together and that people are always going to have differences.

“I respect Christine Quinn for being a fierce competitor,” he said. “When she’s out on the playing field, she plays hard, and I say ‘Amen.’ Everyone should play hard when they’re a candidate.”

Quinn added that she would stump for de Blasio as much as his campaign wanted.

“We are very, very grateful to get that help,” de Blasio replied.

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