Election Day: 2013apalooza
Anthony Weiner dipped his toe back into the mayor’s race this morning, reflecting on Bill Thompson’s decision to stick it out for a possible runoff election
“Lots of Deja Vu from ’05 watching @BillThompsonNYC figure out runoff call,” tweeted Mr. Weiner. “Even same players. Freddy, Cassidy.”
Through the Liu-king Glass
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made her final pitch to voters this afternoon as the former front-runner faces the once unfathomable prospect of not even making it into the runoff election.
Traveling through the Bronx and across the Upper West Side, Mr. Quinn urged supporters to get to the polls, oddwews “yay!”s and hugs to Read More
Despite trailing his four major rivals in the mayor’s race, at least according to the public polls, Comptroller John Liu continued to express confidence that he’ll emerge victorious as he rolled out still more endorsements for his underdog campaign this afternoon.
“I want to be the mayor of all people. I am proud to be the mayor of change. We are going to win this election, and we are going to change this city,” Mr. Liu declared during a press conference on the steps of City Hall.
Although some might question the probability of Mr. Liu’s electoral prediction, few would question his hustle.
Quinn in Queens
The final debate between the Democratic rivals for mayor turned especially catty tonight–especially when the show moved from broadcast television to an online feed–as the candidates made their final pitches to voters one week before the primary.
Once again, front-runner Bill de Blasio had a giant target on his back, but this time the constant digs seemed to take their toll, with the public advocate constantly on defense over his policy plans as well as his record.
“He will say anything depending on whose votes he’s trying to get,” said Christine Quinn, who once led the public polls and ignored Mr. de Blasio, but now finds herself in third place as she hits him on a whole range of issues.
pulling out the pink
According to recent polls, former mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn is in trouble. Some now have her in third place–trailing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio by as many as 15-points–and even ardent supporters seem genuinely concerned that she might not make the expected runoff following next Tuesday’s primary.
But Ms. Quinn on Monday seemed as confident as ever as she campaigned in Astoria, Queens, following the West Indian Day Parade. Dressed in bright pink pants, a t-shirt and sandals, Ms. Quinn greeted excited voters in the immigrant-heavy neighborhood who repeatedly assured the candidate she’d do just fine.
Standing alongside her rivals at the first broadcast debate of the mayor’s race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the contest’s former front-runner, seemed like a candy-coated version of herself.
Suited up to stand out in a bright pink dress and powder-pink jacket, the famously brash Ms. Quinn spoke slowly and softly, her head cocked slightly to the side, seemingly coached to dig into her opponents and deliver repeated talking points with a frozen smile.
“Quinn trapped in consultant Saran Wrap,” remarked one noted columnist of the wooden performance. One stunned Democratic operative described “a Stepford wife version of Chris Quinn.” A writer, pegging Ms. Quinn “the grinning assassin,” suggested she was “smiling and speaking slowly, as if trying not to alarm the audience.”
In an interview with Politicker after the forum, Ms. Quinn ascribed the observations to nerves ahead of the biggest primary debate yet.
Having won a (temporary) victory in our now-endless budget battle, President Obama is now free to pursue the agenda that he’s laid out for his second term. As gleaned from various statements and media interviews, this includes: securing our withdrawal from Afghanistan, passing immigration reform, doing something about global climate change, doing something about gun Read More
Democrats in the State Assembly want to raise New York’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50. At 17 percent, it would be the biggest one-time increase in the minimum wage in state history.
It would also be the wrong move at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons.
Are you surprised that New Yorker publications love liberal TV? Not really? That’s okay, it’s still interesting to read up on the Experian-Simmons survey that measured consumer’s TV preferences against their political ideology and then spat out a bunch of shows that determine how liberal or conservative you are. Surprisingly (not surprisingly), most New York media favor the programs only watched by people who voted for Obama and support green initiatives.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner made their pitches to the American public on Monday night. Both men made valid points. Both men engaged in political posturing.
It’s time for them to stop talking to us and to engage each other in the spirit of cooperation that the President cited in his presentation. Read More