2:10 pm Oct. 16, 2012
By the time Lady Gaga helped Manhattan Borough President Scott Stinger gain 250 new followers with a single tweet, a fun sub-contest of the New York City mayor's race was well underway, in which the prospective candidates collect celebrity (and semi-celebrity) supporters (and semi-supporters).
Here, in no particular order, is a brief look at the some of the bold-face names who are endorsing or otherwise associating with the 2013 mayoral candidates.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
Here's Quinn last week at the New York City Food and Wine Festival with celebrity chef Rachael Ray.
Here's Brooke Shields and Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign with Quinn as they hosted a Human Rights Campaign dinner to raise money for same-sex marriage advocacy, in Manhattan.
Chevy Chase warmly embraced Quinn at a New York Police Foundation gala at the Waldorf Astoria, last year. (I once saw him at a fund-raiser for Rep. Charlie Rangel.)
Here's Quinn locking arms with Charlie Rose at the same event.
Quinn stepped into the kitchen with celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito at the Harlem Armory for a "Fun and Fit in the City" event last year.
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is a donor to Quinn's campaign too.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali is backing Quinn for mayor: "No doubt about it," he told me.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is a conditional supporter.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Stringer's spokeswoman, Audrey Gelman, is a little bit of a celebrity in her own right, having been profiled in Vogue and the Times style section. Gelman has appeared on writer and actress Lena Dunham's HBO show, "Girls." (See below.)
Actress Scarlett Johansson wants Stringer to be mayor. She hosted two fund-raisers for him and could potentially do more events in the future. Her brother Hunter used to work for Stringer.
Stringer once presented a proclamation to singer and teen heartthrob Justin Bieber at an event across the street from City Hall.
Former city comptroller Bill Thompson
Harlem-born actor Keith David joined Bill Thompson at a press conference in Harlem on Sept. 19, 2009.
Documentary film producer Nicholas Kalikow gave $4,950 to Thompson's 2013 campaign.
Before getting picked up by MSNBC, Rev. Al Sharpton endorsed Thompson for mayor in the 2009 race.
Thompson once mentioned to a voter, in front of me, that he might get help from music producer Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records (and the guy who famously fired Sean Combs before his career took off).
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio
Paul Simon gave two donations, both for $2,400, to de Blasio's 2013 campaign.
Actor John Turturro gave $25 to de Blasio's 2013 campaign.
Novelist Amy Sohn is a de Blasio donor.
Gregory Dinallo, whose television writing credentials include "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Knight Rider," and "The Six Million Dollar Man," is a de Blasio donor.
Opera singer Allison Epstein is a de Blasio donor.
City Comptroller John Liu
UPDATE: An interested reader catches some big celebrity support for Stringer that I inexplicably overlooked:
Actress Sigourney Weaver maxed out to Stringer.
Fashion designer Nanette Lepore hosted two fundraisers
Actress Debra Winger hosted Women for Stringer
Famed art dealer Larry Gagosian has maxed out to Stringer.
Actor Fisher Stevens, who played George Minkowski on LOST, has attended fundraisers for Stringer
Josh Fox, anti-fracking advocate and director of Gaslands, is doing an event with Stringer tonight. Scarlett Johansson will be there too.