Massive boost as N.Y. Times backs Irish American Christine Quinn for mayor
Slams Chief Ray Kelly’s stop and frisk policy and Muslim surveillance
Christine Quinn’s bid to become Mayor of New York has been backed by the powerful New York Times editorial board.
The Times endorsed the Irish American lesbian City Council Speaker as the Democratic choice to lead the city.
The ringing endorsement from The New York Times will be seen as a major boost by the Quinn camp.
The paper describes Quinn as the ‘candidate who is ready to carry on at least as well as he (Bloomberg) did’.
The article isn’t all glowing however. The Times launches a full frontal attack on her support for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his policies on stop and frisk and surveillance on Muslim groups.
Though the city is the safest it has been for decades the Times takes issue with Kelly who Quinn says she may try to keep as police commissioner.
It states: “Some positions Ms. Quinn has supported are unwise or objectionable. She has been too strong in supporting Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the architect and stoutest defender of stop-and-frisk.
“She has supported, too blindly, Mr. Kelly’s practice of spying on Muslims at prayer, a similar false choice of public safety over the Constitution.
The New York Times editorial board tells readers: “She is one of seven Democrats who have been toiling for months in the primary race, standing before voters day and night in a marathon of civic engagement.
“A common complaint is that this year’s candidates look small, like dots on the slopes of Mount Bloomberg. But that isn’t fair; all but a few are solid public servants running substantive campaigns.
“Though the race was crashed, and distracted for a few irritating weeks, by the unqualified Anthony Weiner, it has since sobered up, and voters are paying attention.
“It is clear by now - and last Wednesday’s debate made it even clearer - that the best in the group is Christine Quinn.
“Ms. Quinn, the City Council speaker, offers the judgment and record of achievement anyone should want in a mayor. Two opponents - Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, and William Thompson Jr., former comptroller - offer powerful arguments on their own behalf.
“But Ms. Quinn inspires the most confidence that she would be the right mayor for the inevitable times when hope and idealism collide with the challenge of getting something done.”
The leader writers believe Quinn’s political past entitles her to have real aspirations to win the election.
The paper adds: “Ms. Quinn has been an impressive leader since her days as a neighborhood advocate and her early years on the City Council.
“We endorsed her for the Council in 1999 as someone ‘who can both work within the system and criticize it when necessary’ - a judgment she has validated many times since.
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