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NY1 ItCH Alert: Quinn Goes Nuclear On Her Democratic Opponents

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In an exclusive interview with NY1, mayoral candidate Christine Quinn tonight rips into two of her Democratic rivals, saying Bill de Blasio is "desperate" while Bill Thompson was "asleep at the switch" when he served as city comptroller.

Speaking with NY1 political anchor Errol Louis, Quinn fired back at de Blasio, the city's public advocate who has been hammering Quinn for weeks for her record as City Council speaker.

"Bill de Blasio is desperate. He is stuck in the bottom of the polls and he's desperately, and quite frankly, sadly attacking an institution I'm incredibly proud of — an institution he was a member of and in the leadership of for eight years," Quinn said.

De Blasio has accused Quinn of working too closely with Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a charge Quinn threw back at her opponent's face in the interview.

"I'll put my record of working towards consensus and — when I couldn't — standing up independently against anybody's. You attack other people's records, Errol, when you don't have your own," Quinn said.

The speaker was also was highly critical of Thompson's role in a scandal involving the city's automated payroll system known as CityTime, seizing on a Daily News report that Thompson didn't red-flag a suspect contract.

"His most basic responsibility is to audit. He didn't do that. He was asleep at the switch and first started taking responsibility and now is blaming other people when he let $700 million basically go right under his nose. That's a record he has to defend and stop blaming other people," Quinn said.

For the first time, Quinn also said that she was certain that there will be a Democratic runoff primary — but refused to speculate who she will face off against.

See the full interview on “The Road to City Hall” at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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