For Christine Quinn, it was a roller coaster day, as even as she celebrated the Supreme Court ruling, there were further indications her mayoral campaign is losing ground to Anthony Weiner, who is quickly learning that success can make you a target. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
It was an extraordinary public show of emotion. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in discussing Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, described how her gay brother-in-law, stricken with cancer, learned that the high court would hear the gay marriage case just before he died.
"As he died, he knew the highest court in this land was likely to say that him and his sister and his sister-in-law were just as equal as anyone else," Quinn said.
Quinn's joy, though, was tempered Wednesday by further signs her mayoral campaign is sputtering.
A month ago, a Quinnipiac poll showed Quinn with a 10-point lead. That lead has now evaporated. A new Quinnipiac poll shows Quinn with 19 percent, Anthony Weiner close behind at 17 percent and William Thompson surging to 16 percent, all separated by less than the poll's margin of error, 3.4 percentage points.
Rounding out the field was Bill de Blasio with 10 percent, John Liu with 7 percent and 28 percent who didn't know who they would vote for.
"Bill Thompson's moving up to make it a three-way race, an absolute, even-steven three-way race for mayor of New York," said Maurice Carroll of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
This poll came after a different poll Tuesday showed Weiner in the lead. Republican Joseph Lhota even referred to the poll in a fundraising pitch to supporters, saying Weiner lies to the public, the press and his family.
The reference prompted a response from Weiner.
"Mr. Lhota may be right. This may be shaping up to be a contest between the two of us," Weiner said. "And it's going to be a contest to someone who wants to have this city move forward, who wants to talk about the challenges facing the ideas of the middle class, and someone who wants to have another Giuliani administration."
Weiner and Quinn, though, echoed one another in downplaying the polls.
"Polls are going to go up. Polls are going to go down," Weiner said.
"Polls go up. Polls go down. Polls will be tied," Quinn said. "You see polls all over the place in the course of an election. The only one that matters is the last one, and that's the one I'm very confident about."