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Quinn Emphasizes Historic Nature Of Her Mayoral Campaign

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is trying to remind voters about the historic nature of her campaign for mayor, and the fact that she is running in a year dominated by scandal-scarred politicians may help her make the case. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is hoping to make history. A win in November would make her the first woman mayor, and the first openly gay one, the city's ever seen.

Quinn is relying on high-profile supporters like Gloria Steinem to emphasize her gender at a time when some New Yorkers seem tired of the sex scandals dogging male politicians running for office. The underlying message seems to be that a woman, like Quinn, would not get into trouble like that.

Anthony Weiner, meanwhile, is still facing embarrassing questions about his online sex life. When asked in a Univision interview why he "picked the psudeonym Carlos Danger to hold these conversations of sexual content online," Weiner responded, "It was a joke."

City Comptroller John Liu headed to Harlem to meet New Yorkers, and dance with them. He tried to downplay the politics of his visit.

"Today, I'm at Sylvia's. I'm not courting voters," Liu said. "I'm having smothered chicken with grits. It's delicious."

Hispanic voters are a prize that many candidates for mayor are fighting for. To get their attention, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a web ad in Spanish.

Quinn, meanwhile, announced a plan to create a work-study program for bilingual students at CUNY. Students who qualify would get paid to work as city translators.

"This is an opportunity for us to do more and to involve CUNY students in a work-study opportunity where they get to work in city government, learn about city government, help New Yorkers," Quinn said.

The day, though, was not without big endorsements. Jimmy McMillan, of the Rent is Too Damn High party, announced that he is backing Weiner.

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