‘You can’t make everybody happy’: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney endorses Quinn for mayor

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who made history this January when he was sworn in as New York's first openly gay member of Congress, is endorsing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.

"She is the best person to lead the city over the next four years," Maloney said in a telephone interview this morning. "She's got the most experience and she's got a great record of getting things done."

He also said: "Bottom line, Chris Quinn is tough enough for New York. She can make tough decisions and she knows what it takes to get stuff done. That's the bottom line. You can't make everybody happy as mayor of New York. And if you try, you're not going to be a very good mayor."

Maloney, who served as White House staff secretary under Bill Clinton and was a top aide to governors Spitzer and Paterson, said he was not chiefly motivated to support Quinn simply because she would be New York City's first female and first openly gay mayor.

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"It's way down the list for me," said Maloney. "The reasons one, two and three are she's tough, she's experienced, she's effective. The fact that she'll make history is icing on the cake."

Maloney is the first congressman to make an endorsement in this year's mayor's race.

One of Quinn's leading rivals in the Democratic primary, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, has been prominently featuring his own high-profile supporter, actress Cynthia Nixon from "Sex and the City," who, like Quinn, is openly gay. Nixon told me earlier that progressive issues like passing the Paid Sick Day bill is more important than making history by electing New York City's first female or openly gay mayor.

In his previous capacity as a gubernatorial aide, Maloney worked with Quinn on a number of issues and said he always found her helpful and effective.

During his successful 2012 bid for Congress, Bill Clinton appeared at a fund-raiser for Maloney  at the home of Diana Taylor, the girlfriend of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been supportive of Quinn.

In addition to de Blasio, Quinn's rivals for the Democratic nomination are former city comptroller Bill Thompson, current city comptroller John Liu and former councilman Sal Albanese.