McCray attacks Quinn, and Quinn attacks 'two de Blasios'
Today's mayoral debate has already started.
Bill de Blasio has released a two-minute web ad focusing on Christine Quinn's support for Ray Kelly as police commissioner, despite her opposition to the stop-and-frisk he engineered and continues to defend.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Maureen Dowd, de Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray was quoted taking an unusually direct and personal shot at Quinn: "She’s not accessible. She’s not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave."
Quinn, too, has a relased a video attacking her opponent, describing de Blasio as a flip-flopper, noting he supported a legislative change to term limits back in late 2005, then opposed it in late 2008. (In 2005, de Blasio said he would consider extending term limits but only after a lengthy, public review, which did not happen in 2008.)
Quinn's video is called the "Tale of Two de Blasios," playing on de Blasio's "Tale of Two Cities" theme. It's a line she has used frequently (including at a mayoral forum in Queens last night which I moderated and which de Blasio and another leading candidate, Bill Thompson, did not attend).
However painfully restrained Quinn appeared to be during the televised debate last week, her criticism of de Blasio and what she presents as his light record of achievement came through very clearly. Expect less restraint in tonight's return engagement.
UPDATE: Dowd misquoted McCray. Controversy ensued anyway.
"She’s not accessible. She’s not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave." — Chirlane McCray
The NSA surveillance program "has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic". [Siobhan Gorman and Jennifer Valentino-Devries]
After NARAL Pro-Choice New York was, privately, granted an exemption from having to disclose their donors, other nonprofits sought a similar exemption. [Thomas Kaplan]
Christine Quinn is launching a video called "A Tale of Two De Blasios." [Jennifer Fermino]
"In its place is a smile that appears, from the outside, an attempt by Ms. Quinn and her team to soften the self-described 'pushy broad' as she tries to counter slipping poll numbers—and alarmingly high negatives—weeks before the primary." [Jill Colvin]
Details about how Bill Thompson would reduce the number of stop-and-frisks conducted by police. [J. David Goodman]
The judge who approved the 2011 sale of Long Island College Hospital to SUNY Downstate Medical Center now ruled that the sale was invalid. [Laura Kusisto]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in the New York City area."
Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT"
9 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the graduation ceremony for Administration for Children's Services new child protective specialists and juvenile counselors, at Hunter College, 423 East 25th Street (between First Ave. and the F.D.R. Drive) in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @Jcats2013 #NYC2013
10 a.m. on Fred Dicker's show: "To Be Announced". [Talk1300] @FUD31
11:30 a.m. 32BJ President Hector Figueroa and supporters kick off the "All in for Quinn" bus tour, with a press conference outside the union's headquarters, 25 West 18th Street, in Manhattan. @32BJ_SEIU
11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner greets seniors at Morris Senior Center, 80 East 181st Street (between Morris Ave. and Walton Ave.) in the Bronx. @AnthonyWeiner
11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu attends a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a medical facility, at 1789 Madison Avenue, in Manhattan. @JohnLiu2013
Noon. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and Council candidate John Quaglione visit seniors at St. Anslem's, 365 83rd Street, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. @JoeLhota4Mayor @JQuaglione
12:15 p.m. Liu attends the "80th Anniversary of Patsy's Pizza" at 2287 First Avenue, in Manhattan. @JohnLiu2013
12:30 a.m. Weiner discusses transportation and infrastructure on the "steps north of 536 Kappock Street" (between Netherland Ave. and Johnson Ave.) in the Bronx. @AnthonyWeiner
12:30 p.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer announces plans to launch "Claimstat" program to reduce claims against city, at the West Side of Centre Street between Chambers and Park Row, in Manhattan. @Stringer2013
12:30 p.m. 32BJ's "All in for Quinn" bus stops at 83rd Street and Roosevelt Ave., in Queens. @32BJ_SEIU
12:40 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese visits seniors at St. Frances Cabrini Senior Center, 1562 86th Street, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013
1:30 p.m. Figueroa and and Councilwoman Anabel Palma hold a press conference and rally as part of the "All in for Quinn" bus tour, across the street from Yankee Stadium, 161st Street and River Avenue, in the Bronx. @32BJ_SEIU
2:30 p.m. 32BJ's "All in for Quinn" bus tour stops at 173rd Street and Broadway, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. @32BJ_SEIU
2:30 p.m. Liu participates in a small business tour and rally in Sunset Park, walking along Eighth Avenue from 64th Street to 55th Street, in Brooklyn. @JohnLiu2013
4 p.m. Candidates in City Council district are invited to a forum hosted by the Lenox Hill House 331 East 70th Street (between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave.) in Manhattan.
4:30 p.m. Lhota appears on The Lisa Wexler Show, 1230AM. [WFAS]
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": Democratic mayoral candidates participate in a Town Hall forum, at 123 West 43rd Street. [NY1 and WNYC] @SalAlbanese2013 @AnthonyWeiner @DeBlasioNYC @JohnLiu2013 #NYC2013
7:30 p.m. Lhota attends a meeting of the Rockaway Republican Club, at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 533 Beach 126th Street, Queens. @JoeLhota4Mayor
8 p.m. City comptroller candidates participate in the North Shore Towers forum, at Towers on the Green in North Shore Towers Country Club, 272-40 Grand Central Parkway, in Floral Park, Queens. @Stringer2013 #QueensForum
9 p.m. Liu and others attend the Brooklyn Dominican Parade and Festival Gala, at Gioando on the Water, 400 Kent Avenue, in Brooklyn. @JohnLiu2013
Geoff Garin, Bill Thompson's pollster, said Christine Quinn was the only "non-pariah known entity" among Latinos. [Michael Howard Saul]
Bill de Blasio's Red Sox fandom becomes an issue. [Javier Hernandez]
In a new ad, Bill Thompson is trying to differentiate his education policies from Bloomberg's, as opposed to any of the Democratic primary candidates he's running against. [Javier Hernandez]
Thompson "is an idea man with his feet firmly on the ground." [Danielle Tcholakian]
"Joe Lhota Is Running To Be 'The Man' In NYC" [Jim O'Grady]
A former mayoral candidate compares Quinn to Bella Abzug, Anthony Weiner to Ed Koch, Bill de Blasio to Mario Cuomo and Bill Thompson to Percy Sutton. [Tom Allon]
Look for "The Cats Chronicle" in your mailboxes. [@JacobKornbluh]
A Post columnist encourages Stringer to keep attacking Spitzer for money laundering. [Bob McManus]
Public Advocate's Race
Letitia James was endorsed by outgoing Queens borough president Helen Marshall. [Ben Max]
Brooklyn district attorney candidate Ken Thompson's defended how he represented the woman who accused Dominique Strauss-Khan of sexual assault. [Vivian Yee]
City Hall / City Council
Bloomberg's aides appear to have a more positive view of a John Liu audit than the mayor's public comments would suggest. [Juan Gonzalez]
"Rogue taxi-painters". [Matt Flegenhemer]
An editorial in defense of British officials detaining Glenn Greenwald's boyfriend at Heathrow Airport and confiscating some of his possessions. [Wall Street Journal]
One editorial page criticized Huma Abedin for obtaining a special work classification that allowed her to make money in the private sector while still doing work for the government. [Observer]
WBAI laid off its entire news department. [Ben Sisario]