The ‘huge next step’ for Emily’s List? Mayor Christine Quinn

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Briefing: Quinn, Bloomberg and Crowley. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Emily's List, the prominent political organization that supports abortion rights and female candidates, is going to endorse Christine Quinn for mayor, the Times reports.

The Times article notes a number of female candidates who've failed in New York primaries: "Geraldine A. Ferraro in two Senate campaigns, Carol Bellamy in the 1985 mayoral primary and Kathleen Rice in the 2010 primary for state attorney general."

The report also notes that Emily's List rarely makes endosements in local races, and quotes Emily's List spokeswoman Jen Bluestein saying that getting a "young woman" elected mayor of New York would be "a huge next step."

Of course, none of those losing candidacies are perfectly analagous to Quinn's.

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She's very much a front-runner: currently the second-most powerful elected official in the city, she's got, at least for now, that tacit support of the most powerful one.

Unlike Ferraro, who seemed best positioned to win in her 1998 Senate bid, Quinn won't have the misfortune of running against any candidate as uniquely dogged and effective as Chuck Schumer. She should have some level of support, unlike the typical liberal candidate for mayor, from the business establishment, thanks to her Bloomberg connection.

And now, she'll have Emily's List. 

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