Quinn's term-limits problem, continued
Stories in both The New York Times and the Daily News describe the damage done to Christine Quinn's campaign in 2013 by her decision back in 2008 to extend term limits and pave the way for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's third term.
The Quinn campaign has recently been trying to draw attention to Bill de Blasio's own past inconsistencies on that issue. But Quinn played a uniquely important role in that chapter in city history, and now seems to be paying an accordingly heavy political price among likely Democratic primary voters.
The term-limits issue is the highest-profile example of Quinn's working partnership with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration, a relationship which has positioned her since the beginning of the race as the continuity candidate in the Democratic field.
Quinn has periodically taken steps during the campaign to put some distance between herself and the mayor on individual issues, and has recently intensified those efforts, as on the issue of stop-and-frisk.
During NY1's Reporters Roundtable segment on Friday evening, Politico's Gregg Birnbaum said Quinn needed a dramatic break from Bloomberg and the current NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly. Yesterday, Quinn held a press conference in the Red Room of City Hall, announcing she would file paperwork in support of a federal judge's decision (which was deplored by Bloomberg) to have a monitor oversee the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program. As Thomas Kaplan wrote, Quinn was "[e]mphasizing her split with the mayor."
Quinn, who is stuck with an earlier pledge to try to retain Kelly as police commissioner if she becomes mayor, said the timing of the filing in support of the stop-and-frisk decision "has nothing to do with the election."
"The President does not need Congress to authorize a strike on Syria." — Peter King
Fantastic charts show how much candidates and outside groups are spending on each race. Note the spending for Eliot Spitzer, Margaret Chin, Ritchie Torres, Vanessa Gibson, Paul Vallone, Manuel Caughman, I. Daneek Miller, Ricardo Brown, Antonio Reynoso, Laurei Cumbo, Kirsten Foy, Rafael Espinal Jr., Sara Gonzalez, Carlos Menchaca, Alan Maisel, Mark Treyger, Ari Kagan and Steven Matteo. [NYCCFB]
For Christine Quinn, extending term limits "was an act more of self-preservation than of favor-trading" and "is her biggest political liability" in 2013. [Michael Barbaro and David Halbfinger]
"[N]o issue seems more responsible for hurting her candidacy than her decision to help Bloomberg win a third term. It comes up nearly every day." [Annie Karni]
"Even Supporters Whisper That Quinn May Not Make Runoff." [Michael Howard Saul]
Bill de Blasio's pre-K plan is "flimsy" and unrealistic. [Daily News]
The retired Port Authority cop starring in John Catsimatidis ad has a Facebook page "filled with anti-Muslim rants." "Reached by The Post, Kassimatis insisted he’s no racist, he just never met a good Muslim. ...Asked if he thinks any Muslims are good people, he said, 'I’ve been looking for a good one. If you know of any, please let me know. I’d love to meet them.'" [Beth DeFalco]
Bill de Blasio, development pragmatist. [Dana Rubinstein]
Sunday shows: Kerry cites sarin gas as the administration scrambles to make its case for airstrikes in Syria. [Reid Pillifant]
Joe Lhota raised $164,000, with help from the Koch brothers, Emma Bloomberg and Anna Murdoch-Mann, the ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch. [Reid Pillifant]
"Governor Cuomo is in the New York City area."
Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT."
9 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu and others attend the West Indian Day pre-parade breakfast, at Lincoln Terrace Park, at East New York Avenue and Buffalo Avenue, in Brooklyn. @JohnLiu2013
9:30 a.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer and others attend the West Indian Day pre-parade breakfast, at Lincoln Terrace Park, at East New York Avenue and Buffalo Avenue, in Brooklyn. @Stringer2013
10:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio attends the West Indian Day pre-parade breakfast, at Lincoln Terrace Park, at East New York Avenue and Buffalo Avenue, in Brooklyn. @DeBlasioNYC
11 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, Democratic comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer, Liu, De Blasio, Stringer and others march in the West Indian Day Parade, at Lincoln Terrace Park, at East New York Avenue and Buffalo Avenue, in Brooklyn. @BillThompsonNYC @JohnLiu2013 @DeBlasioNYC @Stringer2013 @Spitzer2013
11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner discusses his plan to hire ex-cops to work parades, at Lincoln Terrace Park, at East New York Avenue and Buffalo Avenue, in Brooklyn. @AnthonyWeiner #NYC2013
12:30 p.m. Weiner and others march in the West Indian Day Parade, at Lincoln Terrace Park, at East New York Avenue and Buffalo Avenue, in Brooklyn. @AnthonyWeiner
1 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese participates in the Broad Channel Labor Day Parade, at Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, Queens. @DeBlasioNYC
2 p.m. Liu takes a tour of small businesses, starting at 125th Street from Madison Ave. to Lenox Ave., in Upper Manhattan. @JohnLiu2013
3 p.m. Stringer and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny campaign at Sea Gate Beach Club, 3700 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn. @Stringer2013 @AlecBrookKrasny
3:30 p.m. Albanese greets fairgoers at the Richmond County Fair, Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island. @SalAlbanese2013
4:30 p.m. Weiner greets voters at a street festival, at 30th Avenue and 29th Street, in Astoria, Queens. @AnthonyWeiner
5 p.m. Stringer campaigns, starting at Avenue J and Coney Island Avenue, in Brooklyn. @Stringer2013
5 p.m. Liu greets voters at the Central Pavilion, at Orchard Beach, in the Bronx. @JohnLiu2013
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": A debate with the Council District 19 candidates: Austin Shafran, Paul Vallone, Chrissy Voskerchian, Paul Graziano and John Duane. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @Austin4Council @PaulVallone @PaulGraziano19 @JohnFDuane #CD19
A one-year-old was shot by a stray bullet as his parents stood by his stroller, and a reporter wrote: "Reality Check: Shouldn't stopping shootings like this be Job #1 for NYC mayoral candidates?" [@JoshRobin]
A three-year-old in the Bronx this weekend became the "15th child under age 16 wounded since May 18." [Erik Badia, Denis Slattery and Larry McShane]
Politico's Gregg Birnbaum: Quinn needs to dramatically distance herself from Bloomberg and Ray Kelly. [NY1]
In announcing she will file court papers to support a monitor for the police department, Quinn was "[e]mphasizing her split with the mayor." [Thomas Kaplan]
Quinn, Bill Thompson, Anthony Weiner and John Liu wrote a letter complaining NBC will air the first 60 minutes of the 90 mayoral debate. [Sally Goldenberg]
Thompson's latest attack on Bill de Blasio looks like Quinn's attack on de Blasio. [Sally Goldenberg and Yoav Gonen]
Asked about his quote in a Times story warning about an "overreaction" to stop-and-frisk, Thompson said "that perhaps is a little bit of a misquote." [Steve Kornacki]
Thompson was endorsed by Rev. Calvin Butts , who said Bloomberb is "one of the best mayors the city of New York ever had." [Kameila Kilawan]
Someone sent a robocall (mostly to journalists?) attacking de Blasio. [@Azi]
John Catsimatidis campaign sent a mailer hitting Joe Lhota for supporting the legalization of marijuana. [@Azi]
A New York magazine writer said the Times story "does add a scuff or two to Thompson's image as a completely responsible money manager." [Caroline Bankoff]
In CD34 in Brooklyn, Vito Lopez used the Monopoly man in a mailer to attack his opponent. [Colin Campbell]
"[Mayor Michael Bloomberg's] attacks on Republicans don’t stick, but he could get enough liberals to vote against moderate Dems to flip their races — and the Senate itself in 2014." [Emily Miller]
Independent Democratic state senator Diane Savino and Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are suing a group of Jesuits to prevent them from selling property to a real estate developer. [Kathianne Boniello]
A pro-Cuomo committee that spent millions on advertising and lobbying for his agenda, is formally disbanding. [Erica Orden]
The first round of Excelsior Service Fellows has arrived. [AP]
The administration is aggressively lobbying members of Congress to support a punitive strike on Syria. [Michael Gorden and Jackie Calmes]
"As weak as the Bush administration was on safety and health rules, the Obama administration was worse — until Richard Trumka and aides goaded it last week into reviving a long process of approving new silica standards." [Daly News]
"The Times' But Grafs" [Fleisher.Tumblr.com]