Hers to Lose
Christine Quinn was really reaffirming her belief that she's going to win. She thought it's going to be a winning race; it's going to be something that's going to lift women and lift the LGBT community up. A very long campaign has come to an end, and her political career has come to an end. She had so much to look forward to. When she announced her candidacy, she was riding high and it was at that point hers to lose, but so much has happened in the interim.
Christine Quinn is the person who had put in her time: staff to the city council, a member of the city council, speaker of the city council. People thought that she had earned this opportunity and that she'd be the favorite. She has literally changed the rules and made them fair and better for all New Yorkers.
She, in the strongest of all possible ways, urged the members of the state senate to vote for marriage equality. She had a record to run on, she had concrete achievements, and she was endorsed by the three major papers. She had good union support, and she had a terrific team.
There are two major historic components to her candidacy. She would be the first woman candidate and she'd be the first gay mayor of New York. Whoever is Mayor of the City of New York is a national leader because it is the second-most important job in the country.
Everyone thought that she certainly would be a main contender. Some of her opponents have no record. They have done nothing. Michael Bloomberg is an asset in general election but a liability in a democratic primary. Somewhere along the way Christine had to define herself. Was she a challenger or a continuation of Bloomberg?
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