Morning Read: ‘Addiction Runs Deep’

Christine Quinn, executive director of the New York Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, awards $10,000 to man who helped solve the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997. (Photo: Getty)

Christine Quinn, executive director of the Anti-Violence Project, awards $10,000 to a man who helped solve the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Christine Quinn acknowledges she has opponents, in a speech attacking them.”

Brooklyn Council candidate Igor Oberman has another labor endorsement to add onto his growing pile: the Hotel Trades Council, a relatively small union touted for its effective organizing abilities. In announcing his support for Mr. Oberman today, HTC’s political director Josh Gold said, “Igor has shown that he has a plan to grow the economy in his community, ensuring that our members thrive in his district and throughout New York. That’s why we are excited to not only endorse Igor, but work hard on his campaign this summer.”

The New York Times has another front-page story on Council Speaker Christine Quinn, but this one, broadly speaking, highlights the heart of her mayoral campaign’s messaging. Investigating the early parts of her carer, the Times found her to be an organizer who could be criticized for compromise but nevertheless achieved specific accomplishments.

The Wall Street Journal took a deeper look at how legislative leaders like Ms. Quinn often fail to achieve higher office. “They poll well early because their name recognition is high, but … they have the compromises they forged and other people running have more freedom of movement,” Columbia University professor Steven Cohen argued.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson is reportedly set to get a major boost for his campaign with the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers tomorrow. The influential teachers’ union would give the even-tempered Mr. Thompson several things, including motivated boots on the ground and a potential independent expenditure ad campaign on his behalf.

While Talking Points Memo looked at the various Democratic mayoral candidates’ staffing situations. Many of the leading candidates, including Ms. Quinn, Mr. Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, have attracted top-tier talent with experience on presidential campaigns. Other Democrats in the race have cobbled together more inexperienced operations.

Anthony Weiner has consistently denied having a sex addition, but BuzzFeed is skeptical of the claim and interviewed a number of sex therapy experts who believe him to be uncured. “Addiction runs deep. It takes a lot of time and work,” said one. “I get the impression that he sees this as an anomaly, that he’s fine and fixed now. It doesn’t read to me that he is dealing with the issue and problem — he’s just presenting it as a mistake.”

Morning Read: ‘Addiction Runs Deep’