Two City Council members said Quinn retaliated against them. [Azi Paybarah]
Screamer piece good for Quinn's name-recognition if not for her reputation. [Azi Paybarah]
Someone at NBC called Anderson Cooper. [Tom McGeveran and Joe Pompeo]
Jerry Nadler, a leading DOMA opponent in the House, is happy right now. [Reid Pillfant]
How the Old Town Bar (and 49 countries) came to embrace Bloomberg's smoking ban. [Dana Rubinstein]
"I will likely be retaliated against. I've come to the understanding," she said.
Yesterday, the Times reported, on its front page, that City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn can be loud, pushy and vindictive.(1)
The Times has a lengthy, fun story about Christine Quinn, her temperament, and her tendency to launch into wide-eyed, high-decibel, close-range tirades at people she loses patience with.
Though the New York Times imprematur can be crucial in competitive local Democratic primaries, it doesn't appear to have played a meaningful role in any of yesterday's congressional races, in which three of the paper's five chosen candidates won.
Reuters summed up the race for the newly drawn congressional seat in Queens as a Get Out the Vote fight between three major Democratic candidates with largely similar stances on major issues: Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Retiring congressman Gary Ackerman: "I think the people have gotten dumber." [Josh Tyrangiel]
"The speaker's pattern of maintaining dialogue with both senior administration officials and their most prominent critics is a shift from her earlier days o the Council, when she was far more often on the outs, first with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and then Michael Bloomberg." [Paul Schindler](2)
Michael Bloomberg was overhead saying he thinks Mitt Romney would run the country better than Barack Obama, but that he can't endorse him because their difference on social issues are too great. [Michael Barbaro]
Liz Crowley hit Rory Lancman for saying he backed independent redistricting but also saying he drew his own Assembly lines. [Colin Campbell](1)
The three main Democratic candidates for an open congressional seat in Queens are arguing about how to fund Social Security in a way that ensures 100 percent of current benefits for seniors and future retirees over the long term.
I'll be sitting on a panel moderating a debate among the Democratic congressional candidates in NY-6 at the Juniper Park Civic Association this Thursday. And on June 21, I'll be moderating another forum with the candidates, in Forest Hills.(1)
It's not common that a union leader tells a politician what to say in front of a live microphone and television cameras.
But look here, toward the end of this clip from NY1 from a press conference yesterday at which Councilwoman and Democratic congressional candidate Elizabeth Crowley was asked if she supported the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.(1)