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Quinn Attacks Rivals As Her Poll Support Shrinks

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With her lead in the polls shrinking, mayoral candidate Christine Quinn is shifting strategies in the Democratic field, attacking her rivals for what she calls politically calculated decisions and billing herself as the only candidate willing to make tough choices. NY1's Josh Robin followed the following report.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn used to avoid attacking rivals. Now, however, with support dipping, Quinn is calling them a bunch of empty suits.

"When you look at their records, there's a great big hole where their results should be," said Quinn, using the thorny debate over a trash transfer station on the Upper East Side as her main example.

Speaking at an asthma center in East Harlem on Monday, Quinn repeated that it's only fair to share the city's burden.

She didn't mention names, but there were clear jabs at fellow candidate Bill Thompson and his cozy relationship with Al D'Amato, the Republican senator turned lobbyist.

"Some of my opponents in this race continue to pander to the residents of the Upper East Side or side with their lobbyist donors," said Quinn.

Quinn also seemed to make a remark about Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

"Other opponents, some of whom voted for the plan in the first place, have stuck their finger in the wind and eventually flip-flopped their way to the right position," Quinn said.

Then, perhaps most importantly, there's Anthony Weiner. A poll finds that the since entering the race last month, the former congressman has taken second place and is nipping at Quinn's lead.

"I offer something else," Quinn seems to say about Weiner. "The toughness to lead, comprehensive solutions to complicated problems, not four-year-old position papers dusted off for a comeback run."

At a Monday event spotlighting problems with the 911 emergency system, Thompson said Quinn is just name-calling.

"We're standing here talking about life and death situations in the city of New York," Thompson said. "That's what this campaign is about."

In a statement, de Blasio says Quinn does get things done, but noted they include securing a third term for Mayor Michael Bloomberg by overturning the term limits law.

Weiner's statement would only say he is going to continue on his record fighting for the middle class.

Quinn denies that diminishing leads in the polls are behind her attacks. An aide insists it is more about setting up the race at a time when people are only starting to take notice.

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