At a press conference this morning at City Hall, Christine Quinn said the failure of the same-sex marriage bill can be solely blamed on the people “who voted no”–in other words the legislators, not the activists. She defended Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other supporters of the bill from criticism that they simply didn’t do enough. Quinn said Bloomberg was caling Republicans and Democrats urging them to approve the legislation, and was prepared to travel to Albany in person.
“We were constantly reassessing that,” Quinn said of whether Bloomberg should go.
“The people to blame are the people who voted no. People worked incredibly hard for a really long time, and nobody is to blame here except the people who voted no. And if today’s Monday-morning quarterbacking is: ‘I didn’t make enough calls,’ or, ‘the mayor didn’t make enough calls,’ or, ‘this one didn’t make enough calls’–the people who voted no are the ones to blame here. Now I will say something here for people who want to say this is about somebody doing something wrong. Aside from the people who didn’t have the courage to vote yes, aside from the people who think I am less then them, the mayor did a tremendous amount. I was on the phone all Tuesday, all Wednesday with the mayor’s staff. The mayor’s staff repeatedly offered, and the mayor himself, offered to do everything anybody wanted him to. We had him calling Republicans. We had him calling Democrats. He was ready to go up to Albany on a moment’s notice Tuesday and Wednesday if we thought that made sense. It’s complicated. Some people in Albany love the mayor, some people in Albany don’t love the mayor. So having him there may have been helpful, it may not have been helpful. We were constantly reassessing that. But I just want to be clear, I’m sure there will be lots of stories written about ‘this one didn’t do enough,’ ‘that one didn’t do enough.’ You know what, at the end of the day, there’s 60-plus people in that room. They’re the ones who had a job to do. And they’re the ones who failed by not voting yes. Not anybody else. We worked very very hard on this.”