The ‘huge next step’ for Emily’s List? Mayor Christine Quinn
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.
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.
"He did a great impression of another Senator, but I won't say who." — Andrew Hawkins
Emily's List will endorse Christine Quinn for mayor. [Kate Taylor]
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How is Cuomo going to get rid of LIPA and protect rate-payers? [Nicole Gelinas]
A photo editor sues the Daily News. [Joe Pompeo]
Jack Lew, a "kid from Queens" was officially nominated as Treasury Secretary. [Reid Pillifant]
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Councilman Oliver Koppel said his taxi-accessibility bill is being blocked because Quinn doesn't want a vote on it. [Dana Rubinstein]
Al Sharpton is hosting a mayoral debate but it's not clear who was invited. [Azi Paybarah]
Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald could be the Jon Huntsman of the race. [Azi Paybarah]
Brooklyn D.A. candidate Abe George is backed by David Boies and a leading member of the New Kings Democrats. [Azi Paybarah]
On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: Bruce Gyory and Roger Stone; and the Reporters Roundtable.
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Brooklyn Republican County Chairman Craig Eaton said it was "unclear" which candidate the five county chairmen would unite behind. [Tom Wrobleski]
More on the campaign kick-off of Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald. [Jill Colvin]
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Assemblyman Vito Lopez was absent from Albany yesterday but provided no reason. [Ken Lovett]
A critical editorial about State Senator John Sampson and former governor David Paterson and that racino deal. [New York Post]
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