Screamer piece good for Quinn’s name-recognition, if not for her reputation

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Blogger John Kenny argues that on the whole, yesterday's big-deal Times story about Christine Quinn's temperament is a win for her.

"Every day that we spend talking about Christine Quinn is a bad day for Bill de Blasio, John Liu Bill Thompson and Sal Albanese," he writes.

As I wrote in February, back when people were laughing at her for inadvertently posing as Dracula for the cover of New York magazine, Quinn does have a solid advantage in terms of name recognition which media interest in her, relative to the level of interest in her opponents, only causes to be more pronounced. 

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Relative interest in her since then appears, if anything, to be intensifying.

Here's a chart generated using Google Trends, showing the number of times the mayoral candidates names have been searched in the last 90 days in New York. 

This doesn't necessarily mean the Times story is a net positive for Quinn. 

Yes, as we continue to talk about that story for a second day (Quinn went on national TV this morning to discuss it), it deprives her opponents of the public attention they're going to need a lot more of, at some point.

Kenny also argues, correctly I think, that the "pushy" part of the story could help dispel the idea that she's weak and subservient to the current mayor.

On the other hand. Quinn is relying on the support of a business establishment (to say nothing of Bloomberg himself) that has tentatively settled on her as the best of the available options for mayor, and as the candidate most likely to provide continuity from the current administration. 

There was a lot in that Times story that did not suggest steadiness: not just the wild-eyed tantrums and the office-soundproofing but the documented instances of Quinn going into nuclear mode over perceived offenses that were, in truth, pretty low-stakes matters.

Quinn's campaign portrays her in a way that bears little resemblence to the Quinn described by the peers and associates who talked to the Times. There's a reason for that.