On Sunday, MSNBC host Chris Hayes is hosting a roundtable featuring many of the main Democratic mayoral candidates on his eponymous show, Up With Chris Hayes. However, the panel won’t feature the woman who’s currently enjoying a large lead in the polls–Council Speaker Chris Quinn. Though Mr. Hayes has been highly critical of Ms. Quinn of late, both her aides and MSNBC spokespeople attributed her absence from his roundtable to scheduling.
“Speaker Quinn has been able to make 14 candidate forums thus far–two yesterday alone– and she has another 12 committed over the next six weeks. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t make this one work,” Mike Morey, a spokesman for the Quinn campaign, told Politicker.
Mr. Hayes has repeatedly slammed Ms. Quinn on air for her opposition to the Paid Sick Days legislation. He brought up the issue on his show multiple times last month including in an episode in which he referenced a report that claimed norovirus, which causes a variety of unpleasant digestive symptoms, was chiefly spread by food workers.
“Nearly 80 percent of food workers don’t have paid sick days. … Most food workers who already make very little money must choose between coming to work sick or forfeiting a day’s wages and, when they make the decision to work even though ill, well you may end up ill as well,” Mr. Hayes said. “Here in New York several members of the City Council have proposed a bill that will require employers to give workers just five sick days a year, but Council President and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn opposes this commonsense measure and has not brought it to the floor for a vote. If you’re a New Yorker who has had the misfortune of contracting norovirus, maybe you should send Christine Quinn a note of gratitude.”
On Twitter this afternoon, Mr. Hayes promised to discuss the Paid Sick Leave issue in his mayoral roundtable. The show will air Sunday at 8 a.m. on MSNBC and will feature all of the other major Democratic candidates: Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu and Bill Thompson.