City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is ready to back Mayor Bloomberg's call to extend term limits, putting her own mayoral dreams on hold to help keep him in power for another four years.
"She will cite the economy as her reason," an insider told the Daily News, referring to the announcement she plans to make Sunday in City Hall.
Quinn's assent was widely anticipated as her staff has worked with the mayor's team behind the scenes to win Council support for the change.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to back Bloomberg's term limit bill
"This is straight out of the Bloomberg administration playbook," said Councilman John Liu (D-Queens), one of many Council members and other opponents who believe any change to term limits should be made by New York voters, not by the Council.
"Why say it is going to be an open process and we will hold public hearings, and then announce before the hearings that you'll go along with it?" Liu asked. "It's been carefully choreographed from the get-go."
Quinn vowed to city voters last year that she would respect the term limits law approved in 1993 and 1996 citywide referendums.
"The voters have made their will very, very clear," she said in December.
Then there's this editorial from the Daily News:
The argument advanced by many of those opposed to letting Mayor Bloomberg run for a third term boils down to the following absurdity: He would likely win, so it would be travesty of democracy to let him run.
No, Suckerman, the argument is that voters chose term limits twice and this dictator is making an end run around the will of the people. Get it?
And please keep this in mind when you hear both of them talk about how this financial crisis is the reason we must keep Bloomie:
Paterson has said he may call another special session of the legislature to make further cuts to the budget, and earlier today he compared this crisis to the 1930s. By contrast, at a press conference yesterday, Bloomberg said, “The world is not coming to an end here.”
Supposedly, Bloomberg's constant cutting has left the City in excellent shape to deal future deficits that he predicted. So why do we still need him?