Endorsements in the mayor's race are of disputed value, but what is known is that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is pulling in a number of them, especially from Queens. It comes after the Manhattanite spent years lobbying local officials, and despite others in the race having deeper local roots. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
A familiar laugh echoed down the Queens Boulevard sidewalk Friday. It was Christine Quinn at Queens Borough Hall, picking up local endorsements.
"She is tough. She is result-oriented. She is progressive," said Queens Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas.
"We are in awe of you, and we continue to be indebted and inspired by the work that you do," said Queens Assemblyman Francisco Moya.
The kudos piggyback off Quinn's blessing from the Queens Democratic operation. It picked the Manhattanite over Queens resident John Liu.
While county clubs don't have their old power, there are benefits.
"What you do get are a lot of volunteers, a lot of people who want to support the party-endorsed candidate in Democratic clubs all over the borough," said Evan Stavisky, a political consultant.
The stretch of Queens that Quinn was in Friday should be Anthony Weiner's turf. Before moving to Manhattan recently, he lived around the corner in Forest Hills, and he represented the district in Congress. He still may pick up support from those who have long voted for him, but not if Quinn can help it.
The speaker is drawing off an unflattering portrait of Weiner's 12-and-a-half years in Congress in the New York Times. It found that Weiner had "little patience for making laws and a single-minded focus on generating attention so he could run for mayor of New York."
"It matters what your record is if you're running for mayor," Quinn said. "'Cause if you don't have a record, if you can't work with other people, if you haven't been able to get things done, then all you have is talk. And talk is cheap."
Weiner responded Thursday.
"That New York Times story was right about one thing. I'm an impatient person," Weiner said. "I don't want to wait. I am not going to wait four years to do a contract. I'm not going to wait 24 hours to change the policies in this city, in a lot of ways. I am like a lot of New Yorkers are. They don't slow down at yellow lights, if you know what I'm saying."
Weiner does get credit for helping constituents, but to some, that's not enough.
"The fact remains that this job is bigger than that, and when you're looking for somebody who's actually produced results and has a record of accomplishment, Speaker Quinn is unrivaled in this race," said Queens Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi.