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Mayoral Race Hits Bitter Note As Candidates Ratchet Up Attacks

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It was another nasty day on the mayoral campaign trail, as Democratic candidates targeted Christine Quinn after she landed the endorsements of the city's major newspapers and Republican candidate John Catsimatidis slammed rival Joe Lhota for negative comments about Port Authority cops. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Though billed as a five borough tour for women's equality, the Christine Quinn campaign may have been doing a victory lap on Monday.

For part of it, tennis champion Billie Jean King was by Quinn's side.

"She is the right person at the right time, right now," King said.

Quinn has the endorsements of three of the city's major newspapers in her pocket.

"It's quite a hat trick," Quinn said.

Some of her Democratic rivals were not as impressed.

"Now all of the major newspapers that supported flip-flopping on term limits have awarded the candidate that led that charge," said Anthony Weiner.

"If the Times wants a fourth Bloomberg term, and they think Christine Quinn is going to be the fourth Bloomberg term, that's their choice, but I don't think that's what the people want," said Bill de Blasio.

"Every candidate wants to be endorsed by the New York Times, let's be clear, so this is a case of sour grapes," Quinn said.

The endorsements potentially providing a bit of momentum, Quinn took the opportunity to slam her closest rival Bill de Blasio, as he is neck and neck with Quinn in the polls.

"All of the editorials have said about the Public Advocate is that his plans are pie-in-the-sky and unrealistic," Quinn said.

While touting his own record on education, Bill Thompson made a similar criticism.

"I want New York to be the education city," Thompson said.

Thompson's campaign slammed de Blasio for needing Albany approval to implement his pre-K proposal.

Democrats weren't the only ones on the attack on Monday.

Republican candidate John Catsimatidis was also slamming his rival Joe Lhota.

"He offends every police officer. Mr. Lhota, I am no mall cop, got it?" said a police officer in an advertisement paid for by Catsimatidis.

The ad responds to remarks made by Lhota back in May.

"I don't think the Port Authority does a good enough job in anything that they do quite honestly, but clearly in the area of security, it's not what they should do," Lhota said. "Those cops get paid more than NYPD cops, and quite honestly, and I know I'm going to get in trouble for saying this, they are nothing more than mall cops."

Lhota has since apologized for the comments.

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