When Quinn defends the mayor without walking away

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn doesn't always walk away when faced with a vocal critic of her frequent ally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Last Wednesday, during a talk with senior citizens in Astoria, she was asked what kind of schools chancellor she would select if she were mayor. The man who asked the question prefaced it by saying Bloomberg "knows nothing about education."

Quinn rebutted the comment about the mayor knowing nothing, but did not ask the man to apologize, as she did today when an attendee at her "living wage" press conference referred to the mayor as "Pharaoh Bloomberg."

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"The mayor is clearly good at finances," Quinn said. "But I want to say, I don't think it's fair to say the mayor doesn't know anything about education."