A Christine Quinn documentary, made by the ‘Times’

Quinn. (screen grab via nytimes.com)
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Last night, The New York Times posted a one-minute trailer for a new documentary about Christine Quinn's mayoral campaign.

Titled "Hers to Lose," the trailer teases it as "a New York Times production about a failed bid for New York City mayor."

It includes footage from the campaign trail, a behind-the-scenes moment (that appears to be an argument) at Quinn's apartment, and some candid interviews.

"I think short of me, or somebody on my team, making a big mistake, we'll get into the run-off," Quinn tells the camera.

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The Council speaker, and presumed front-runner, failed to make it that far, falling well behind Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson in the final tally, after beginning the race ahead in the polls.

Quinn's candidacy presented a potentially compelling story: if elected, she would have been New York City's first woman, and first openly gay, mayor. But, for a variety of reasons, her candidacy failed to catch on.

It's a story that includes the Times too.

The paper covered Quinn extensively during the campaign: there was the lengthy story about her pre-kindergarten proposal, complete with a photo of Quinn from the 1970s, a visit to the weekend home in New Jersey she shares with her wife, Kim Catullo, and the interview where she revealed her struggles with bulimia and alcoholism.

There were also less flattering stories, like the one about her "fury," which became a point of attack for her opponents, and a column right before the primary titled "Why Quinn Angers Voters."

The Times' coveted endorsement was supposed to give her candidacy a late boost, but even that couldn't overcome de Blasio's anti-Bloomberg message, which seemed to strike a chord with Democratic primary voters.

In the end, Quinn's "big mistake" might have been thinking the race was hers to lose.

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