After D’Amato calls Quinn’s story ‘bunk,’ Thompson calls it ‘inspiring’

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After his supporter Al D'Amato said the timing and substance of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's revelation about her struggles with alcoholism and bulimia were "bunk," former city comptroller Bill Thompson said her story was "touching" and "inspiring."

 

 

Thompson, who spoke to reporters after unveiling his education agenda at N.Y.U. this morning, "I would hope others would take a lesson from it and learn and it took courage for Chris to be able to say that publicly."

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D'Amato, a former Republican senator who now has an influential lobbying and consulting firm, said Quinn's story was released now in order to "soften" her public image. During an interview on NY1 last night, D'Amato mimicked a mock-crying voice to emphasize his point, and called her a "political hack."

At N.Y.U., I asked Thompson if he thought D'Amato should apologize.

"Please," Thompson said, dismissively. "Everyone has their own opinion. That's my opinion."