Entries from: Christine Quinn

Quinn comes up short in historic mayoral bid

Christine-Quinn New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is expected to finish third in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary tonight, falling short in her bid to become the city’s first woman and openly lesbian mayor.

With 95% of precincts reporting just before midnight Wednesday, Quinn had secured about 15% of the citywide vote. She finished behind public advocate Bill de Blasio, who led with 40% of the vote, and 2009 nominee William C. Thompson, who placed second with 26.4%.

If de Blasio’s margin holds, he will narrowly reach the 40% threshold needed to avoid an October 1 runoff with Thompson.

“There’s no sugar-coating what a tough loss this is for Christine, her supporters, and all of us here at Victory,” said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. “But she gave this campaign her all, and we were proud to stand with her.”

The Democratic nominee will face Republican nominee Joseph J. Lhota in the November general election.

Quinn nabs major labor endorsement in NYC mayor’s race

Christine-QuinnChristine Quinn has won the endorsement of another major labor union in her campaign for mayor of New York City.

Today, the 40,000 member strong New York State Chapter of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), which is comprised of 36 local unions and five district councils, announced their endorsement for Quinn, citing her leadership as Speaker of the City Council and her proven record of fighting for the middle class.

“As a leader since 1998, and Speaker for the last eight years, Chris Quinn perfected the skills needed to run a great city like New York. In a town where seemingly nothing happens easily, someone smart, strategic and tough, like Chris Quinn, is needed to keep New York New York in the right direction,” said LIUNA General President Terence M. O’Sullivan.

The news comes after endorsements by 32BJ – SEIU, with 120,000 members, and the Hotel Trades Council, which plans to spend up to $2 million to help elect her.

If she wins, Quinn would become the first woman and first openly gay mayor of New York City.  Learn more about the Victory Fund’s endorsement of Quinn here.

“LGBT for Quinn” launches at annual NYC Pride parade

quinnlgbtMore than 1,700 LGBT celebrities, politicos and community leaders stepped up this weekend to show their support for Christine Quinn’s campaign for mayor of New York City.

Quinn marched in the city’s annual LGBT Pride parade with a throng of supporters led by perhaps the community’s biggest celebrity at the moment, Edie Windsor, the plaintiff whose Supreme Court case gutted the Defense of Marriage Act.  ”I want to make sure everyone knows that I am endorsing Chris with my whole heart. I think we have to make her the next mayor,” Windsor said.

Other LGBT and allied boldface names throwing their support to Quinn included Bruce Cohen, Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, Tim Gunn, and Rob Reiner.

“As the LGBT community continues to break barriers and make history, there is no better person qualified – and no other person I want – to continue this push forward than Chris Quinn. I know Chris will make the position of mayor the bully pulpit it needs to be to fight for all new Yorkers,” said Gunn.

If Quinn wins the race, New York City would become the world’s largest municipality to elect an openly LGBT mayor.

Photo via Twitter user @brianellner.

Why won’t Anthony Weiner stand up to anti-gay voters?

weinerNew York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner likes to project a tough image, but the candidate goes soft when confronted with anti-gay views on the campaign trail, even telling one voter recently, “It’s okay. It’s not your fault,” after the woman called openly gay candidate Christine Quinn “the dyke.”

Recent reports in the Washington Post and Gay City News prompted Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund president and CEO Chuck Wolfe to question whether Weiner will ever confront anti-LGBT comments on the campaign trail.

“No, Anthony, it’s not okay,” Wolfe said. “If he can’t stand up to these repugnant views as a candidate, he certainly won’t do it as mayor. LGBT New Yorkers should demand that Weiner categorically reject these views no matter what audience he’s in front of, especially when people use slurs to refer to the only openly gay candidate in the race.”

From yesterday’s Post:

Yet no one in the race has the political capacity to relate to people like Weiner, who makes it a point to relate to everyone.
“You a registered Democrat?” he asked an elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart by him.
“I am,” she said. “And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.”
“Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,” said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, “and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” the woman said.
“It’s okay,” Weiner responded. “It’s not your fault.”

(N)o one in the race has the political capacity to relate to people like Weiner, who makes it a point to relate to everyone.

“You a registered Democrat?” he asked an elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart by him.

“I am,” she said. “And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.”

“Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,” said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, “and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” the woman said.

“It’s okay,” Weiner responded. “It’s not your fault.”

Weiner also refused to stand up to a fellow mayoral candidate who went on an anti-gay tirade at a recent mayoral forum.  The candidate is backed by the National Organization for Marriage, according to Gay City News:

Speaking at a forum sponsored by Orthodox Jewish groups, two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor made no comment after a minor contender in the race said the gay community was trying to ban circumcision.

“We have groups marching from San Francisco and California and they are even marching here every year in the New York gay pride parade, marching over here, trying to ban altogether bris milah,” said Erick Salgado, an Evangelical Christian from Staten Island, at the June 4 forum, which was sponsored by the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush. “This is unacceptable.”

Salgado has been endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an anti-same-sex marriage group. He was an organizer of a 2011 march and rally in the Bronx that opposed gay marriage. Salgado has also attacked the inclusion of monuments acknowledging non-Jewish victims of the Nazis, including gay victims, in Brooklyn’s Holocaust Memorial Park.

Bill Thompson, the former city comptroller, and Anthony Weiner, the former congressman, spoke immediately after Salgado and neither made any comment about Salgado’s views.

The Victory Fund has endorsed New York City Speaker Christine Quinn, who could become the city’s first woman and first openly gay person to serve as mayor.

UPDATE:  Two openly gay New York state lawmakers and the state’s largest LGBT organization have blasted Weiner for lacking the “moral courage” to stand up against anti-gay attacks.

“We are appalled by the account in the Washington Post of Anthony Weiner’s unacceptable response to a prospective voter’s homophobic, misogynistic slur in reference to Christine Quinn. Weiner’s response to this blatant display of homophobia is completely inappropriate and extremely alarming. There is nothing ‘okay’ about homophobia and it’s never ‘okay’ to condone bias-based slurs or hate speech of any kind,” wrote Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and state Senator Brad Hoylman, according to the New York Observer’s Politicker blog.

“No leader should ever send a message that homophobia is ‘okay,’” added Empire State Pride Agenda.  ”It’s unfortunate that we need to issue a public statement on this at all, but this is becoming a disturbing pattern.”

UPDATE #2:  Weiner responded to media inquiries today by releasing a statement apologizing if he left the impression that he believed it was “okay” to use a slur to refer to Christine Quinn. “If the impression is that I did, I apologize,” Weiner said, according to CapitalNewYork.com.

NYC’s Quinn to address Victory Fund National Brunch

speakerquinnNew York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, the current speaker of the city council, is set to address more than 1,000 attendees at the annual Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch this weekend in Washington, D.C. She’ll join Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims, comedian Loni Love and others as Victory supporters celebrate unprecedented electoral success for LGBT candidates in 2012, and look ahead to big races like Quinn’s in 2013.

“Washington, D.C., loves Chris Quinn because we rarely get to hear politicians tell us exactly what they’re thinking,” said Victory Fund president and CEO Chuck Wolfe, who also be a featured speaker at Sunday’s brunch.  ”This is going to be one of the most exciting races of the year. There are a lot of LGBT people in Washington who will be watching to see if New York makes history this year by electing its first woman and first openly LGBT mayor.”

Sims became the first openly LGBT candidate elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature last year, and Baldwin became the first openly LGBT U.S. senator in one of the most closely-watched federal races of 2012.

“This is a celebration of a landmark year in LGBT politics, but it’s also a look ahead to what we can accomplish this year, when we expect more than 100 candidates will be endorsed in local, state and federal races,” Wolfe said.

LGBT ally and “Chelsea Lately Show” regular comedian Loni Love is set to kick off the festivities at the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton.  To learn more or secure last-minute tickets, go here.