Veteran New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams has written quite a bit on New York City politics over the years, and last night, NY1’s Inside City Hall invited her on to share her thoughts on next year’s mayoral race, which she did in her own inimitable way.
Ms. Adams was particularly displeased with Comptroller John Liu’s prospective candidacy. Mr. Liu, who majored in Mathematical Physics and went on to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, is usually criticized for the fundraising scandal surrounding his campaign, but Ms. Adams chose to insult his intelligence.
“He’s an imbiot (sic). Imbecile. He’s an idiot. So we have to forget him because even he forgets him,” she explained.
Ms. Adams next moved on to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the frontrunner to replace term-limited Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The columnist was entirely focused on Ms. Quinn’s sexuality and wedding this year to another woman, Kim Catullo.
“But I went to Christine Quinn’s wedding and I was standing there with Mayor Bloomberg, by the way, and we were trying to figure out what do you call Christine’s husband or wife, if she were to becomes mayor? Is this the First Person? The First Whatever? What do you call her?…You can’t call her the First Lady, I don’t know, it doesn’t seem right.”
Asked to elaborate further on the mayoral field, Ms. Adams addressed two non-candidates, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Mr. Stringer dropped out of the race to run for Mr. Liu’s comptroller position instead and Mr. Giuliani’s spokesperson shot down a rumor that he was interested in a comeback campaign, an idea first raised by one of Ms. Adams’ columns.
“The charter allows him to do it. He’s not going to do it. He’s not going to do it,” Ms. Adams said of the former mayor. “Everybody else is running; everybody but my housekeeper is running. They’ve all been to my house. The only one I feel really badly about is Scott Stringer, because he came over for tea to my house. We gave him everything and the best cookies that I had, I gave him. Now he’s not running and I’ve wasted the best cookies. What a total waste and he’s not even running! I wouldn’t give cookies to a comptroller!”