5:41 pm May. 16, 2012
Mayor MIchael Bloomberg said today that he thought City Council Speaker Christine Quinn "would be a very good mayor."
It's not a formal endorsement, as the mayor was careful to point out, but it's also not a compliment he's uttered about any of the other mayoral candidates looking to replace him, as David Seifman noted.
The comment came after the mayor's harsh rhetoric about opposing two wage bills the City Council is pushing, under Quinn's leadership. The comment reaffirmed sentiments everyone knew Bloomberg was harboring not-so-privately, which is that she's preferable to any of the other Democrats as a successor.
It's hard to say what the net effect of Bloomberg's endorsement, if and when it ever becomes one, will be. But at least one of Quinn's opponents, Scott Stringer, thinks it may be a vulnerability, and was talking about it well in advance of today.
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