Quinn announces female support, gets pelted with questions about Weiner
Twelve hours after an NBC New York-Marist poll showed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with a smaller-than-before lead over her Democratic mayoral rivals, she stood before a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt on Riverside Drive and announced the support of 1,000 women.
Surrounded by some of those supporters, Quinn, the only woman in the mayor's race, also announced the backing of handful of high-profile women in particular: Liz Abzug, the daughter of Bella Abzug, a firebrand congresswoman who ran for mayor in 1977 and wound up losing to Ed Koch; former City Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge, who said if Eleanor Roosevelt were alive today she would support Quinn "partially" because Quinn is a woman; and former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, who won the Democratic mayoral nomination in 1997—becoming the first woman to do so—but got trounced Rudy Giuliani in the general.
Most of the questions from reporters, though, were about Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who resigned in 2011 in embarrassing circumstances.
Should women not vote for him because of the sext scandal? What did you make of his second-place finish in the poll? Should he even be running for mayor?
What were New Yorkers telling her, during her walk-and-talks with voters, about Weiner's return?
Quinn tried to keep her answers focused on her campaign.
"Typically, when I walk and talk, we talk about me," she said, in response to the question from the Times' Michael Grynbaum. "And we talk about the New Yorker and whatever their issue is."
One reporter tried getting Quinn's attention by noting she had a "non-Weiner" question to ask. It was about a staffer for Bill de Blasio getting fired for making anti-Semitic remarks.
Quinn has a clear lead among female Democratic voters.