Dismissing his ‘ridiculous’ would-be successors, Bloomberg gives another quasi-endorsement to Quinn

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Bloomberg and Quinn in 2011. (nnwo via Flickr)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg today dismissed the field of Democrats vying to replace him this year as "ridiculous," though he did make an exception for his longtime ally, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"Number one, they have no idea what they're talking about," said Bloomberg, during his regular Friday morning radio show. "Number two, they have no suggestions on what to do, and number three they just sound ridiculous. I will say the one aspirant that we know of on the Democratic side that really hasn't engaged in any of this—most of this—foolishness is Quinn. She's much more rational and understands there's no simple solution to complex problems."

Last night, Quinn and her fellow mayoral contenders took part in a mayoral forum, and according to the mayor's co-host, John Gambling, the candidates said they would reverse some of the mayor's education policies, like the regular closures of poorly rated schools.

Quinn is the only major Democratic candidate to oppose insituting a freeze on school closures.

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Over the years, Quinn has proven herself the mayor's reliable ally, helping him overturn term limits and shepherding many of his priorities through the City Council.

In recent months, she has created some distance between herself and the mayor on certain issues, leading up to this year's Democratic primary.

The mayor, meanwhile, has been semi-privately (and apparently semi-seriously) casting about for an alternative to Quinn.