City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a Democrat, declined to rule out supporting Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is running on the Republican and Independence Party lines, against Democratic nominee Bill Thompson, the city comptroller.
At a press conference before the first City Council meeting since Tuesday’s election, Quinn was asked by Daily News reporter Frank Lombardi why she couldn’t endorse “the Democratic nominee for mayor. There’s only one."
“I haven’t made a decision about what I’m doing in either of the run-offs or in the mayor’s race,” she said.
When asked about running for Speaker again, Quinn said, “I’m running for reelection and I’m confident I’ll be reelected.”
And from the Daily News:
Quinn (D-Manhattan) won reelection with barely 52% of the vote in her district, while some candidates she backed lost - and the former chief of staff of a political enemy, Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez, won.
And Lopez nearly knocked off Quinn loyalist Diana Reyna. He intends to contest Reyna's 223-vote lead over his candidate, Maritza Davila.
Defeated incumbents on Quinn's team were lower Manhattan's Alan Gerson; Helen Sears in Jackson Heights, Queens; Kendall Stewart in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and Kenneth Mitchell in North Shore, Staten Island.
All but Mitchell, who wasn't around, voted to extend term limits last October.
Quinn might need to find new friends as she moves to renew her speakership by the New Year.
If the newbies on the City Council are smart, they will 86 this chick. Time to pull a "Gang of Four" move.