Thompson and Avella Try to Remind Gay Democrats There’s a Race On

Whether they coordinated their timing or not, Comptroller Bill Thompson and Councilman Tony Avella arrived in convenient succession last night at a New York University auditorium, getting a politically influential audience of gay and lesbian Democrats to themselves for an hour each.
They didn’t have to deal with erstwhile Democratic mayoral contender Anthony Weiner. The congressman had committed to the mayoral forum, which was sponsored by gay and lesbian Democratic clubs, but he pulled out this week. (He also canceled an appearance for the same evening at the Village Independent Democrats.)
On the same day that David Paterson announced that he was introducing