pulling out the pink
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.
This morning, on the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Judith Hope emailed an open letter to Harold Ford Jr., attacking the would-be senator for his record on abortion rights.
“Being pro-choice means you stand up and fight for a woman’s right to her own medical Read More
Al Sharpton had just stepped out of a meeting with Barack Obama.
It was January 2007, and he was down in the Obama Senate office during a trip to Washington to meet with a number of Democratic presidential contenders. Mr. Obama had been almost uncannily pitch-perfect, Mr. Sharpton thought, hitting every talking Read More
A shot of Ruth Messinger’s arrest in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington earlier today. Read More
If all goes according to plan, Ruth Messinger will be cuffed and booked in a matter of minutes in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington for protesting genocide in Darfur. Unlike Roger Toussaint’s anticlimactic march to the pen, it’s hard to find fault today with Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, co-founder Read More
Political Consultant Joe Mercurio emailed around a bit of research on past blowouts in Mayoral elections. Turns out John Purroy Mitchell is the man to beat, if you forgive him for running before women got the vote.
For Mayor Mike Bloomberg to set the record for biggest modern Republican win in Read More
Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the primary, and is expected, we’d thought, to stay neutral.
So we couldn’t help noticing her name on the list of supporters for the “Women Choose Ferrer” breakfast fundraiser at Tavern on the Green June 29.
Also on the list are Gerry Ferraro and Read More
If the City University of New York can’t teach, it does serve as a source of amusement from time to time. The other day a certain Renate Bridenthal, described in the papers as a professor of history, was arrested for disorderly conduct. The professor, in the company of a number of adolescent protesters, was trying Read More
One of New York’s most charming legends is that this is a city sympathetic to underdogs. But the hard truth is that in politics, at least, New Yorkers like a sure and easy winner, no matter how unprepossessing-in short, an overdog.
Rudolph Giuliani, who enjoys a large lead in every poll and a more-or-less fawning Read More