Christine Quinn plays the grinning assassin
At last night's mayoral debate, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn came under attack from the four other Democratic candidates on the stage with her.
Her responses were consistent, to the point of being oddly robotic: she has been getting results and her rivals are attacking her because they don't have a record of their own to talk about.
Then she attacked them back. Smiling and speaking slowly, as if trying not to alarm the audience, the Council speaker said that Anthony Weiner had no moral standing, that Bill de Blasio (who had just earlier in the day been placed at the front of the primary field in a Quinnipiac poll) was a lightweight flip-flopper and that Bill Thompson was an incompetent comptroller.
After the debate, Quinn elaborated on this point. She agreed with reporter Dave Evans' assertion that there was a "target on my back because my opponents don't have a record they want to talk about. They don't have a record they want voters to remember. So, they're going to attack me."
And again, as she did onstage, she attacked.
"They're going to attack me in the hopes that voters will forget that when Bill Thompson was comptroller, the pension funds performed in the lowest-third compared to all of the other large pension funds in the country." She also said that he "wants people to forget that sexual assaults on students increased when he was head of the board of Education."
Thompson was president of the Board of Education from 1996 to 2001. He was New York City comptroller for two terms, beginning in 2002. On October 26, 2009, Quinn, grudgingly, endorsed Thompson for mayor. "I have spoken with Comptroller Thompson and told him I am supporting him," she said, according to a Times story. She added, "It's important to be united as Democrats."
"I kind of feel like I occupied Wall Street starting in about 1998." — Elot Spitzer
John Liu wants to legalize medical marijuana and allow adults to possess up to an ounce of pot for recreational use, and says it would bring $400 million into the city's economy. [Jonathan Lemire]
Eliot Spitzer is running a bully's campaign. [Blake Zeff]
Some state legislators cut their travel expenses. [Joseph Spector]
A look at the man appointed to monitor the NYPD, Peter Zimroth. [J. David Goodman]
A critical review of the Clinton Foundation, which is about to get busier. [Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick]
The mayoral candidates agree on the need for a municipal ID card for undocumented residents here. [Dana Rubinstein]
A reporter pressed Anthony Weiner about his comments about Hillary Clinton's 2016 plans. [Azi Paybarah]
In a new Quinnipiac poll, Bill de Blasio is in first place, thanks to gains among female and black Democratic voters. [Azi Paybarah]
Bill Thompson's strategist talks about "a compelling reintroduction." [Dana Rubinstein]
Anthony Weiner, unfiltered, on not catering to the News and Post. [Azi Paybarah]
Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Nydia Velazquez back Ken Thompson against Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes. [Reid Pillifant]
A very long week for AOL's Patchers. [Tom McGeveran and Joe Pompeo]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT"
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: recapping the Democratic mayoral debate with the debate's moderator, Bill Ritter of Eyewitness News. Later, Dan Balz of the Washington Post on presidential politics. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @BillRitter7 #NYC2013 @DanBalz
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: To be announced. [Talk1300]
10:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio makes an education announcement, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn. @DeBlasioNYC #EduElection #NYC2013
11 a.m. On Susan Arbetter's show: New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on the state's finances. And later, former governor David Paterson on stop-and-frisk. [WCNY] @sArbetter @TomDinapoli #StopAndFrisk
11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson tours the Senior League of Flatbush East Midwood Jewish Center, 1623 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn. @BillThompsonNYC
Noon. Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu calls for the legalization of medical marijuana and small amounts of pot for recreational use, on the steps of City Hall. @JohnLiu2013 #NYC2013
1 p.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer unveils his immigration agenda, alongside numerous allies and supporters, on the steps of City Hall. @Stringer2013 @EspaillatNY @NYSenatorRivera @SenatorSerrano @AlecBrookKrasny @RonKim40 @GabrielaRosaNYC @Nily @mmViverito @MakeTheRoadNY 4:20 p.m. De Blasio joins 1199 members and wife Chirlane McCray in protesting St. John's Episcopal Hospital, 327 Beach 19th Street, in Far Rockaway, Queens. @DeBlasioNYC @Chirlane @1199SEIU #SaveStJohns
2:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner discusses beach safety and infrastructure plans, at Beach 97th Street Boardwalk concession stand area (entrance at Beach 97th Street and Shore Front Parkway), Queens. @AnthonyWeiner
5 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese meets and greets commuters at the Bayside LIRR stop, 213th Street and 41st Avenue, Queens. @SalAlbanese2013
6 p.m. Albanese meets and greets concertgoers at a Queens JCC concert, Union Turnpike and 196th Street, Queens. @SalAlbanese2013
6:30 p.m. Candidates participate in the Mayoral Forum on Tolerance and Cultural Sensitivity, at the Museum of Tolerance, 226 East 42nd Street, Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC @JohnLiu2013 @BillThompsonNYCToleranceForum
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": Manhattan borough president candidates debate. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @JulieMenin @JessLappin @GaleaBrewer @Rjackson_NYC #Manhattan2013
8:30 p.m. Thompson attends the Black Pride Heritage Awards, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC
Quinn repeatedly came under attack during the debate. [David Chen]
"Quinn pounds away at Dem foes" [Sally Goldenberg and Yoav Gonen]
Quinn and Weiner repeatedly clashed at the debate. [Ross Barkan]
Albanese wants to offer retroactive raises to union members in exchange for reforming how the pension management system. [Antwaun Sargent]
Albanese talks about his exclusion from the televised debate (and a WOR710 host inaccurately said de Blasio wants to eliminate stop-and-frisk). [WOR710]
Albanese wants rivals to return donations from real estate companies that have been subpoenaed by the state's anti-corruption commission. [Andrew Hawkins]
Weiner was in fourth place in the polls but at the center of the debate last night. [Jonathan Lemire]
More on de Blasio's lead in yesterday's Quinnipiac poll. [Annie Karni]
De Blasio's jump in the polls was "another unpredictable twist" in the race. [Sally Goldenberg]
In Thompson's first television ad, "he is indirectly highlighting the fact that he is the only black candidate in the mayor’s race." [David Chen]
Quinn's second television ad is effective since it hits Quinn's key campaign themes without having her talk about herself. [Michael Grynbaum]
Eliot Spitzer feigned ignorance when asked if he voted for Soctt Stringer in a prior election. [Matt Taylor]
Public Advocate's Race
Dan Squadron campaign disproved an attack on them lobbed by Letitia James' spokesman. [Gideon Resnick]
Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes played defense during much of the televised debate last night against challenger Ken Thompson. [Jeanine Ramirez]
Hynes dismissed his opponent as someone without a credible record. Thompson characterized Hynes as being out of touch. [Vivian Yee]
"Clintons rent $200K Hamptons home — but still fear they could be spied on from nearby property" [Page Six]
Flashback: According to a source, Hillary Clinton's 2006 senate rival K.T. McFarland said, "Hillary Clinton is really worried about me, and is so worried, in fact, that she had helicopters flying over my house in Southampton today taking pictures." [Fred Dicker]
City Hall / City Council
Despite Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's push for increased use of technology, they opposed a federal judge's ruling that some cops wear body cameras in order to film exchanges with the public. [Marc Santora]
The real value of stop-and-frisk is that it acts as a deterrent. [John Podhoretz]
An editorial page cheers the Moreland Commission's work so far in following the money and hopes they can "shame" legislators into doing the right thing. [New York Times]