Headline of the Day: “Weiner gets in some ‘wheel’ trouble.”
Runner-Up: “Why is it hard for so many New Yorkers to make up their minds about the next mayor?”
Council Speaker Christine Quinn completed the newspaper endorsement trifecta this morning, grabbing The New York Post in addition to The New York Times and Daily News. But the Post gave the most reluctant endorsement of the bunch, complaining about her “recent disappointments” and, in a comment her rivals will relish, hoping that “Mayor Quinn, free from election-year pressure, would revert back to her more moderate and sensible judgments.”
Basically, the Post just doesn’t like the other people running for the job. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson is accused of being a teachers’ union “puppet” and “is now the candidate who is directly beholden to the union,” while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio “is so far out of the mainstream that even the thought of him as mayor should frighten every New Yorker.”
In a front-page Times story, Mr. de Blasio’s role in managing Hillary Clinton‘s U.S. Senate campaign in 2000 was scrutinized today. The report argues that Mr. de Blasio’s inclinations were “frequently indecisive” and “could be agonizingly inefficient in a high-pressure, ever-shifting situation.” But a Clinton spokesman quipped, “She loves all her candidates the same.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Quinn keeps having young women pass out at her events. The latest: “Thankfully she’s good, and our brothers and sisters from EMS are here just to triple-check Dr. Quinn’s unauthorized conclusions and I feel better now that it all seems good.” In unrelated news, Ms. Quinn joked about making her laugh a ringtone in a recent NBC 4 New York interview.
“I think the biggest misconception about me is that people, because I don’t smile a lot, think I’m angry. I’m the least angry person in the world,” Republican Joe Lhota, who, like Ms. Quinn, received The Times‘s and the Post‘s endorsements, said in his own NBC 4 interview. “Have you noticed that? Have you noticed that I don’t smile? … I have to learn.”
And former Councilman Sal Albanese has a new Web video: