Quinn Plans Secret Strategy Session With Prominent Backers

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tie the Knot)

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign is quietly planning a strategy session tomorrow with some of the city’s most prominent leaders, according to an email invitation obtained by Politicker.

“I want to invite you to a special campaign briefing and strategy session this coming Wednesday July 17th,” begins the invitation, which was sent to a host of high-profile names, including Kathryn Wylde, a pro-business leader, and Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and the online organizing coordinator for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

According to the invite, the event will provide an opportunity to hear “the latest updates in the New York City mayor’s race” as well as provide a chance to offer “input and feedback into our campaign plans.”

And the invite urges the recipients’ discretion.

“This briefing will be among a small group of supporters, and the information that will be discussed is confidential. We ask that you please do not forward this email or bring anyone not directly invited,” it reads.

The event comes as Ms. Quinn has seen her front-runner status shattered in the wake of Anthony Weiner’s jump into the race and ramped-up attacks from her other foes.

The invitation was sent to a host of high-profile backers–including a number of non-profit directors and lobbyists who hold millions of dollars in contracts with the city. The invitees include Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty CEO William RapfogelChris Coffey, who worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign as well as the city, Eddie Bautista, the executive director at New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, and a former aide to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Andrea Batista Schlesinger.

But just because they’re on the list, doesn’t necessarily mean that invitees are attending.

“I was surprised to get it, frankly,” said Ms. Wylde, who is president of a group, Partnership for New York City, that intends to stay neutral in the mayor’s race and turned down the invitation for fear of appearing to be taking sides.

“I told them I wouldn’t attend an event for supporters,” she said.

Ms. Quinn’s spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Here’s a copy of the invite:

Friends –

I want to invite you to a special campaign briefing and strategy session this coming Wednesday July 17th at 8:30am at Campaign Headquarters, 30 Vesey Street, 1st Floor.

We will be going over the latest updates in the New York City mayor’s race, and asking for your input and feedback into our campaign plans.

This briefing will be among a small group of supporters, and the information that will be discussed is confidential. We ask that you please do not forward this email or bring anyone not directly invited.

me at this email or by cell at (XXX) XXX-XXXX.

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday,

Michael

Michael DeLoach

Senior Advisor, Quinn for New York

www.quinnfornewyork.com

Quinn Plans Secret Strategy Session With Prominent Backers