From Chelsea Now:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s blink-and-you-missed-it endorsement of mayoral candidate William Thompson just eight days before the election should be enough for Council Democrats to deliver her back to the top spot, sources said.
“The speaker’s leadership in the City Council is secure; it was never in jeopardy,” acknowledged Brooklyn Councilmember Letitia James, a strident voice against the legislative overturning of term limits that Quinn helped engineer last year. “An endorsement is an endorsement, despite its tepidity. At least [Quinn] mentioned his name, and even went further and added two additional sentences,” she quipped of the unenthusiastic thumbs-up, which came during a question-and-answer session with reporters following a press conference on healthy eating in city schools. “So we’ll accept it, and we’ll run with it, and we look forward to the next four years with her as our leader.”
The back and forth between Quinn and Thompson helps explain why even her staff seemed confused as to the endorsement’s timing, with one Council employee intimating last week that the announcement would come before the weekend.
Still, the last-minute tip of the cap should be enough to boost Quinn, regardless of any lingering enmity between her, Thompson and Council Democrats. “I’ve spoken to a number of members, and I believe I speak for a majority of members here in this body,” James said. “Her leadership is secure.”