Quinn, meeting term-limits criticism (from a Bloomberg supporter) head-on
"I'm waiting, Ms. Quinn."
That was Herbert Goldman, the man who confronted Christine Quinn because of her extension of term limits, during her visit to Forest Hills, part of her five-borough walk-and-talk tour yesterday.
She made her way over to him, surrounded by a scrum of reporters, very deliberately demonstrating a willingness to engage in the sorts of unscripted, come-what-may encounters with the public that Michael Bloomberg largely shielded himself from during his campaigns and time in office.
"You understand we voted twice for term limits," Goldman said to Quinn, echoing criticisms made by Quinn's Democratic opponents. "You don't give a damn about our election votes."
"That's not true," Quinn said.
As his voice rose, Quinn stood her ground. Before she left, she insisted on shaking his hand. No hard feelings, see?
"Yeah, she came over," Goldman told reporters afterward, but that didn't win him over. "Absolutely not. I'm not voting for her."
Who is he supporting?
"I don't know who's running quite yet," Goldman said.
Goldman told me that despite his anger over the term-limits extension, he was actually a Bloomberg supporter: "I like Bloomberg. I'm glad he's the mayor. He's done a great job. But we voted twice for term limits."
"I'm really unhappy he ran for a third term," Goldman said, in response to another question. "OK? I'm really unhappy, although I think he's done a great job."