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.”
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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