Gillibrand is a ‘big fan’ of Quinn, but won’t make a primary endorsement

Gillibrand with Thompson. (Azi Paybarah)
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand likes the woman running for mayor of New York, but won't endorse her, or anyone else, until after the primary.

"I will not endorse in the New York City mayor's race, until we have a Democratic nominee," Gillibrand told WNYC's Brian Lehrer this morning.

Gillibrand has pushed women to get "off the sidelines" and has built a national profile based in part on her support for women candidates, but said she won't be backing Quinn, at least officially.

"I think Christine Quinn is an excellent candidate," Gillibrand said, adding, "I'm not only her friend, but a big fan."

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None of the other statewide Democrats, as of now, has given any indication of plans to get involved overtly in the mayor's race at this stage.

Chuck Schumer generally prefers to avoid getting involved in primaries, and Andrew Cuomo is also unlikely to endorse in this one, notwithstanding his longtime relationship with Bill de Blasio.

House members, in some cases, are a different story.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney offered an early endorsement to Quinn in March, as did Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the only gay member of the state's congresstional delegation.

Earlier this month, Rep. Jose Serrano provided Bill Thompson a useful demonstration of Latino support.