City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called on her rivals in the mayor's race Tuesday to condemn campaign spending by outside groups after an attack ad against her aired on NY1 and another cable company. NY1's Grace Rauh has the story.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called on her rivals in the mayor's race to join her against outside spending in New York City's campaigns.
"I look forward to all of those running for mayor standing with me and saying this is not what New York's system is all about," Quinn said.
Quinn's remarks come in response to a recently aired attack ad against her.
Quinn's lawyer sent a threatening letter to NY1 and Cablevision asking that they pull the spot because they say it is inaccurate.
But now the speaker is trying to take the high road. While she is not withdrawing the request, she wrote her competitors to ask them to join her in pledging to condemn and reject all outside spending in the race.
"Honestly I never anticipated that this would be a part of this year's elections in New York City," Quinn said.
But Quinn can't have been too surprised to see an attack ad by the group that paid for hers. It bankrolled similar spots targeting Mayor Bloomberg four years ago.
Some of Quinn's fiercest competitors appear uninterested in creating a unified front. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio called her request a stunt that rings hollow.
"I would join any effort for bigger reform," mayoral candidate de Blasio said. "But I am not going to say that people don't have a legal right to do what they obviously did."
Other rivals had harsh words for Quinn and her effort to get the ad off the air.
"I think it is an attempt to intimidate the press, an attempt to intimidate the stations, and I think it's wrong," mayoral candidate William Thompson said.
"If you are running for office or your serving in office don't mess with people who buy ink in bulk quantities," City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu said. "Or don't mess with people who have really big antennas or big broadband."
As for Quinn, any pledge to condemn spending by outside groups will only go so far. As long as the groups do not coordinate with candidates, their spending is perfectly legal.