Council Speaker Christine Quinn rolled out more endorsements for her mayoral campaign today in order to launch “Women for Chris”– highlighting the historic nature of her bid to become the first female mayor of New York City. Among those to announce their support for Ms. Quinn were former Comptroller Liz Holtzman, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, comedian Whoopi Goldberg and others.
“I am proud to be supporting the candidate I feel most represents the heartbeat of this great city—Christine Quinn,” Ms. Goldberg said in a statement.
“My mother once said ‘The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be thearrangement of your chromosomes,’” Liz Abzug, daughter of former congresswoman and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Bella Abzug, added. “Well, today I am proud to support Christine Quinn for Mayor, not because she is a woman, but because she has been, and will be, an effective advocate for all New Yorkers.”
Today’s press conference, held in front of the Eleanor Roosevelt Statue on the Upper West Side, comes one month after one of Ms. Quinn’s rivals, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, launched his own “Women for de Blasio” event. The press today, however, was mostly interested in getting Ms. Quinn to talk about another potential rival, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Ms. Quinn declined to elaborate on either Mr. Weiner or the sexting scandal that drove him from office two years ago.
“Typically, when I walk and talk, we talk about me,” Ms. Quinn replied at one point, according to Capital New York. “And we talk about the New Yorker and whatever their issue is.”