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