Quinn’s campaign gets more explicit about ‘history’

Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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The media has long described Christine Quinn's campaign in terms of her identity, and how she stands to become the first female and first openly gay or lesbian mayor of New York. Now, her campaign has become more explicit about discussing the history-making potential of her candidacy, too.

Quinn's wife, attorney Kim Catullo, is beginning to hit the campaign trail today, according to the Daily News, which also says "the famously shy" Catullo revealed that Quinn has received "threats about being gay," which the campaign confirmed but did not elaborate on.

Meanwhile, Times columnist Frank Bruni spoke to Quinn's campaign consultant, Josh Isay, about the fact that Isay's father was gay, and writes, "And Josh can’t pretend that the precedent of Quinn’s possible election isn’t always in his head."

The stories help remind voters about the barrier-breaking nature of her candidacy, which has gotten lost at times in this season, in no small part because the Quinn campaign hasn't sought to emphasize it, choosing instead to create a competence gap between her and the other candidates by running on her record as speaker. That strategy survived the rise and fall of Carlos Danger, but appears to be giving way a bit to accommodate the strength of the two Bills, who now threaten to block the only woman in the field from even making a runoff.

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At the gay pride march at the end of June, an announcer on Quinn's campaign float told the crowd "We're going to make history, New York, and we're going to elect the first gay mayor in New York City history."

Now, Quinn doesn't want you to forget it.

Quote

"I’m not going to answer the question of why they should choose Scott over Eliot." — David Paterson

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Christine Quinn's wife, Kim Catullo, is now campaigning and revealed Quinn has received death threats for being gay. [Heidi Evans]

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Asked about the New Yorker report he financed polls by his longtime pollster to help convince NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly could win the mayor's race, the mayor said 'What New Yorker report?' [Dana Rubinstein]

Bloomberg and Kelly cite stop-and-frisk in helping them net the biggest gun bust in the city's history. [Dana Rubinstein]

State Senator Brad Hoylman and a Quinn volunteer were slapped in the face by an elderly man unhappy with Christine Quinn's role in the closing of St. Vincent's hospital. [Reid Pillifant]

Video: The slap. [Reid Pillifant]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in the New York City area."

Christine Quinn's campaign events are "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT"

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Azi Paybarah discusses TV ads, fliers, mailings and robocalls being sent by campaigns. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @Azi

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: A lawyer discusses his lawsuit "challenging Gov. Cuomo's gambling deal with the Oneida Indians." [Talk1300] @FUD31

10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Spaceworks LIC, 32-02 Skillman Avenue (at 43rd Avenue) in Queens. @MikeBloomberg

10 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson discusses "specific plan to fix stop and frisk" outside One Police Plaza (behind 1 Centre Street at Cardinal Hayes Place) in Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC #StopAndFrisk #NYC2013

10 a.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer has "breakfast with Staten Island Leaders and Forest Avenue Business Walk" at King's Arms Diner, 500 Forest Avenue, Staten island. @Stringer2013

11 a.m. The wife of Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, Elyse Buxbaum, and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas visit Archbishop Iakovos Senior Center, 32-06 21st Street, Astoria, Queens. @Stringer2013

11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner greets senior citizens at the Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement Queensbridge North Senior Center, 10-25 41st Avenue (between 10th Street and 12th Street) in Queens. @AnthonyWeiner.

Noon. Thompson "attends Orthodox Union Lunch" in Suite 1301 of 11 Broadway, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC

12:45 p.m. Weiner discusses cleaning up Newtown Creek, at the Dead End of Manhattan Avenue (between Ash Street and Commercial Street) in Brooklyn. @AnthonyWeiner #NewtownCreek

1 p.m. Strnger releases a report on internet speeds at public schools, at P.S. 36, "front entrance on 122nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue," in Manhattan. @ScottmStringer

2 p.m. Independence Party mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion Jr., participates in a LiveChat. [Daily News]

2 p.m. The wife of Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, Elsie McCabe Thompson, and State Senator Diane Savino, attend the Tappan Park Back to School event, at 106 Water Street, on Staten Island. @BillThompson2013 @DianeSavino

2:30 p.m. Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis discusses the mayor's race with former governor George Pataki, on the East Side of City Hall (adjacent to the intersection of Park Row and the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path) in Manhattan. @Jcats2013 #NYC2013

4:20 p.m. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will meet with NY Tech Meetup, ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Avenue, in Manhattan. "***This event is closed to press" @JoeLhota4Mayor

6 p.m. Stringer appears on former governor David Paterson's radio show. [am970] @Stringe2013

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7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": A debate between City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo and challenger Julio Pabon. And education expert Diane Ravitch. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall

7 p.m. Weiner, Lhota, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and others participates in the Queens County Bar Association and the President's Co-Op and Condo Council Mayoral Forum, at the Towers on the Green — North Shore Towers, 272-48 Grand Central Parkway (between Commonwealth Blvd. and Little Neck Parkway) in Queens. @AnthonyWeiner @JoeLhota4Mayor @McDonaldNYC #QueensForum

7:15 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese (the only lawyer in the race) participates in the Queens County Bar Association and the President's Co-Op and Condo Council Mayoral Forum, at the Towers on the Green — North Shore Towers, 272-48 Grand Central Parkway (between Commonwealth Blvd. and Little Neck Parkway) in Queens. @SalAlbanese2013 #QueensForum

7:30 p.m. Carrion participates in the Queens County Bar Association and the President's Co-Op and Condo Council Mayoral Forum, at the Towers on the Green — North Shore Towers, 272-48 Grand Central Parkway (between Commonwealth Blvd. and Little Neck Parkway) in Queens. @AdolfoCarrion #QueensForum

8 p.m. Stringer attends Political Power through Organizing's comptroller forum, at D'Savannah Lounge 1460 Flatbush Avenue (between Farragut Road and Glenwood Road) in Brooklyn. @Stringer2013 #PowerForum

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Mayor's Race

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Subway stops at 96th Street and 72nd Streets are like town hall meetings for candidates and voters. [Andrew Grossman]

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"Maybe 'money laundering' isn’t the right legal term for how Eliot Spitzer tried to hide his wire transfers to his escort agency." [New York Post]

The headline of a Times story that disputed the "money laundering" claim says the allegation "starts a legal debate." [Kate Taylor]

Stringer is releasing a report today showing internet speeds at some schools are very slow. [Jennifer Fermino]

Former governor David Paterson endorsed Stringer without saying he would be better than Eliot Spitzer. [Erin Durkin]

"With Stringer, Not Against Spitzer" [Michael Howard Saul]

David Paterson: "I’m not going to answer the question of why they should choose Scott over Eliot. ... That’s your question. I didn’t ask that question, and I’m not answering it.” [Kate Taylor]

"I'm Paterson approved!" [Beth DeFalco]

Stringer's biggest obstacle is name recognition. [Danielle Tcholakian]

City Hall / City Council

Former councilman Eric Gioia's car was torched. [Irving DeJohn]

Washington

Bill Clinton's foundation spent $50 million on travel expenses, according to a review of its tax forms. [Geoff Earle]

Obama is stepping into the middle of New York's hydrofracking debate. [Jon Campbell]

2016

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Chris Christie signed a law that outlaws so-called conversion therapy, which attempts to "cure" gay children. [Kate Zernike]

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