Saturday, April 20, 2013

At Mayoral Forum, Hostility Toward Quinn, Even Before Her Arrival

From The New York Times City Room blog :

Before Ms. Quinn arrived, Mr. de Blasio responded to a question about the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy: “I know Speaker Quinn has chosen not to be with us yet,” then criticized her support of the current police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly.

“Unlike Speaker Quinn, I think we need a new police commissioner,” said Mr. de Blasio, the public advocate.

Later, he said that “we have Speaker Quinn to thank” for Mr. Bloomberg’s third term and twice accused her of being the preferred candidate of the real estate industry – a damning aspersion in a crowd of public housing tenants.

In the closing statements, after Ms. Quinn had noted her past as a tenant organizer, Mr. de Blasio said: “I’ve got to have a moment of truth here. Maybe 20 years ago, Speaker Quinn, you were a tenant organizer. But here, in 2013, you are the real estate community’s best friend.”

Ms. Quinn has received about $1.3 million from real estate industry donors, significantly more than any other candidate.

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