UNITED STATES - JANUARY 14:  New Queens Borough President Helen Marshall listens to remarks from her staff and reporters from various papers during her first news conference at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, Queens.  (Photo by Bill Turnbull/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Photo by Bill Turnbull/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall appeared confused as to whether John Liu was running for mayor during a Monday event held by the borough's Democratic Party to endorse Christine Quinn, Politicker reports.

A reporter for a Chinese-language newspaper asked Marshall, 83, if she wished the party had instead backed Liu, who has a solid base of support within Queens. Marshall's reply seemed to indicate that she was under the impression Liu was running for re-election as comptroller.

She reportedly reacted with surprise when City CouncilwomanKaren Koslowitz told her he was running for mayor, saying, "Oh, I like him, I don’t know why we didn’t endorse him, then."

 

Marshall’s spokesman Dan Andrews later said Marshall misspoke.

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