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Quinn picks up endorsements from <em>Times</em>, <em>Post</em>.

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Aug. 26, 2013, 7:38 a.m.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: Clean Sweep

The New York Times en­dorsed City Coun­cil Speak­er Christine Quinn (D) on Sunday, writ­ing: “Quinn…of­fers the judg­ment and re­cord of achieve­ment any­one should want in a may­or. Two op­pon­ents — Bill de Bla­sio, the pub­lic ad­voc­ate, and Wil­li­am Thompson Jr., former comp­troller — of­fer power­ful ar­gu­ments on their own be­half. But Ms. Quinn in­spires the most con­fid­ence that she would be the right may­or for the in­ev­it­able times when hope and ideal­ism col­lide with the chal­lenge of get­ting something done.”

The Times‘ en­dorse­ment pushed back against cri­ti­cism of the Demo­crat­ic field: “A com­mon com­plaint is that this year’s can­did­ates look small, like dots on the slopes of Mount Bloomberg. But that isn’t fair; all but a few are sol­id pub­lic ser­vants run­ning sub­stant­ive cam­paigns. Though the race was crashed, and dis­trac­ted for a few ir­rit­at­ing weeks, by the un­qual­i­fied An­thony Wein­er, it has since sobered up, and voters are pay­ing at­ten­tion. It is clear by now — and last Wed­nes­day’s de­bate made it even clear­er — that the best in the group is Christine Quinn.”

Quinn also picked up a half-hearted en­dorse­ment from the New York Post: “For the Demo­crats, we be­lieve Christine Quinn is the only can­did­ate who has shown the ba­sic com­mon sense any may­or needs. … If we were see­ing today the Chris Quinn that we saw a few years ago, this would be a more en­thu­si­ast­ic en­dorse­ment. As speak­er, Quinn of­ten showed cour­age and re­spons­ib­il­ity by sid­ing with May­or Bloomberg, as well as by op­pos­ing the dan­ger­ous pro­pos­als of her far more rad­ic­al coun­cil mem­bers. Ever since her may­or­al cam­paign kicked in, however, she has lurched hard to the left, em­bra­cing the kind of ri­dicu­lous nos­trums for which she had pre­vi­ously shown con­sid­er­able and right­ful con­tempt.”

Along with the back­ing she re­ceived last week from the New York Daily News, these en­dorse­ments provid­ing a shot in the arm to a cam­paign that needed a boost, as polls show her fa­cing long odds of emer­ging from a likely run­off for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion.

LHOTA TOO: Former MTA chair­man Joe Lhota (R) also scored the en­dorse­ments of the Times and the Post. The Times writes: “Lhota is more than the sum of his years as Mr. Gi­uliani’s top deputy, and he is the best qual­i­fied of the three men seek­ing the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion for may­or.”

The Post gushes: “Lhota stands head and shoulders above the field. He has valu­able know-how and ex­per­i­ence, in both the pub­lic and private sec­tors. By any meas­ure, Joe Lhota is the lead­er best equipped to take on a bloated city gov­ern­ment and make it work for the people who pay for it.”

RUDY COMES TO LHOTA’S DE­FENSE: Gi­uliani stars in Lhota’s latest TV ad, de­fend­ing his former deputy and pro­claim­ing him “by far our best choice for may­or.” (New York Daily News)

The spot comes in re­sponse re­sponse to two new TV ads launched late last week by bil­lion­aire John Cat­sima­tid­is (R). The ads at­tack Lhota over MTA fare hikes, as well as a com­ment he made com­par­ing Port Au­thor­ity of­ficers “mall cops.” (Politick­er)

THOMPSON MAKES AN AD ABOUT AN AD: Thompson un­veiled a new TV ad dis­put­ing de Bla­sio’s latest spot, char­ging that “Bill de Bla­sio’s ad lies about my po­s­i­tion on stop-and-frisk.” (New York Times)

THE DREAM: Rep. Ha­keem Jef­fries (D) en­dorsed Thompson. The back­ing from Jef­fries, who is viewed as a “rising star” in Brook­lyn, gives Thompson “an­oth­er val­id­at­or in the bor­ough’s black com­munity, par­tic­u­larly on the is­sue of stop and frisk.” (Cap­it­al New York)

EL­BOWED OUT: A story in Monday’s New York Times looks at de Bla­sio’s per­form­ance as cam­paign man­ager for Hil­lary Clin­ton’s 2000 Sen­ate run, con­clud­ing: “An ex­am­in­a­tion of Mr. de Bla­sio’s man­age­ment of Mrs. Clin­ton’s first run for of­fice, however, re­veals that his in­clin­a­tions — in­clus­ive and easy­going but fre­quently in­de­cis­ive — could be ag­on­iz­ingly in­ef­fi­cient in a high-pres­sure, ever-shift­ing situ­ation. He was so de­lib­er­at­ive, in fact, that he was even­tu­ally el­bowed out dur­ing the fi­nal stretch of the cam­paign.”
Kev­in Bren­nan

NEW YORK CITY MAY­OR: Clean Sweep

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