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A Day On The Campaign Trail With Christine Quinn

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This week, NY1's Josh Robin followed Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn as she spent a day on the campaign trail. He filed the following report.

Dog poo may be pleasant compared to what Christine Quinn deals with on the campaign trail.

Polls have her lagging Bill de Blasio and roughly tied with Bill Thompson.

Council Speaker Quinn lives in Chelsea with her wife, lawyer Kim Catullo, and their pound dogs, Justin and Sadie.

The dogs stay, while Catullo and Quinn stump, piling into Quinn's city-issued car to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Quinn wants industrial zones similar to the Navy Yard in Sunset Park.

"There's tons of unused space there that could be used for manufacturing, and maybe even for tech," Quinn said.

Then, it's back in the car to Quinn's campaign headquarters in Lower Manhattan, where Catullo's family is enlisted to make calls.

"We're here trying to contact Democratic voters to get out and vote for Chris," said Quinn's brother-in-law John Wisinger.

Quinn needs all she can to make it into the likely runoff.

She repeatedly goes after Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and turns her lost lead into a metaphor.

"I'm going to fight over the next 10 days and get into the runoff, because New Yorkers deserve a fighter as mayor," Quinn said.

She finds no argument, as she stumps at a Queens co-op complex, making sure voters show up primary day.

Lawrence Quinn, Quinn's 87-year old father, joined and gave a curious answer when asked if he's bubbling with pride.

"It's kind of evolutionary, you know, you worked down there at City Hall a while, and I imagine, isn't that a system where they...," Quinn's father said.

"Your enthusiasm is overwhelming," Quinn replied.

Enthusiasm is pretty high, although a problem may lie in why it is.

Those NY1 talked with say that they plan to vote for Quinn, because they generally like the way the city is going.

But this may actually work to Quinn's disadvantage, however, because those that are unimpressed with the Bloomberg years may be more motivated to vote against someone like Quinn.

The team worked another pool deck before an interview.

Catullo says she's well prepared for up-and-down polls.

"And I also, you know, I know when I'm out with her, and I see people just wanting pictures and just wanting to talk about the excitement of her campaign," Catullo said.

A moment later, they're off in the car again.


 
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