4:40 pm Dec. 5, 20121
The 2013 mayor's race has always seemed poised for a history-making moment, with a number of leading candidates running on the idea their victory could represent a groundbreaking achievement.
There's Christine Quinn, the Council Speaker who is an openly gay woman (the city has never elected a woman
to citywide office as mayor before); there's former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who is African-American (only one has been mayor in the city's history); and City Comptroller John Liu, who is Asian-American (the first ever elected citywide in New York).
Then there's Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, who is white and from Brooklyn. His uniqueness stemmed from his family: De Blasio's wife, Chirlane, is African-American, and together they have two children.
Perhaps more than any candidate running for mayor, de Blasio has made his family biography a part of his public image.
"He gets it," read a 2009 campaign flyer featuring himself and Chirlane. The couple's children were seen in campaign ads at the time. And earlier this week, an adviser stressed how important it was that de Blasio is seen as a parent of public school children.
Before meeting de Blasio when they worked in the Dinkins administration, Chirlane wrote an essay for Essence magazine identifying herself as a lesbian, according to the Observer.
Through a de Blasio campaign spokesperson, Chirlane released the following statement: "In the 1970s, I identified as a lesbian, and wrote about it. In 1991, I met the love of my life, married him, and together we've raised two amazing kids. I'm reminded every day how lucky I am to have met my soulmate."