Christine Quinn's wife is known as a private person, but she is making her debut to the mayoral campaign. NY1's Courtney Gross sat down with her in an exclusive TV interview and filed the following report.
You may not recognize Kim Catullo, but you might have seen photos of her wedding.
Catullo is Christine Quinn's wife.
In her first television interview, Catullo gave NY1 a glimpse into her marriage with the leading mayoral candidate.
She brought along the couple's dogs: Justin and Sadie.
"It's really not the media. It's really just, I am a private person," Catullo said.
The interview comes after other candidates, most noticeably Bill de Blasio, have made their families fixtures on the campaign trail, with perhaps one exception. Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, has graced the trail only a handful of times.
Catullo said she is more comfortable behind the scenes. That is, until now.
"You can't love your spouse and stay on the sidelines when they're going through something like this," she said.
Not surprisingly, the high-powered attorney said her wife would make the best mayor.
"I know it sounds so cliche, but I know her heart, I know her soul, and I always say to her, 'If everyone New Yorker knew what I knew about you, you would win by a landslide,'" she said.
Catullo offered up Quinn's personal side.
"She watches reality TV to unplug at night," she said.
Of course, she has a front row seat to the political side, including Quinn's decision to support the extension of term limits.
"At the end of the day, I am proud of her, because she knew, and we talked about the fact that what she was going to decide could have real political implications for her, and she, at the end of the day, did what she thought was right, which was really, to give the voters the opportunity to maintain status quo when they cast their ballot," Catullo said.
There are things Catullo is less definitive on. When asked about ideas of moving into Gracie Mansion, she said, "We don't talk about that. It's just not something we're going to talk about until November."
NY1 also asked Catullo whether or not this meant she would be hitting the campaign trail. With less than a month to go before the Democratic primary, Catullo said, without hesitation, yes.