From City Hall:
While much of the city’s Democratic establishment was on the dais at the midtown Hilton Tuesday night to celebrate Bill Thompson’s near-stunning upset of Mike Bloomberg, Christine Quinn spent her evening at a dive bar in Queens.
The Council speaker arrived at Woodhaven House, an Irish pub in Rego Park a half hour before most of the other people who came to celebrate Council Member Liz Crowley’s victory over Tom Ognibene. Quinn waited for Crowley—and her cousin, county leader Joe Crowley—to arrive, kibitzing with district leaders and campaign volunteers about the early returns.
As the too-close-to-call mayoral race unfolded on a nearby television, Quinn went to stand alongside Queens Democratic Party elected officials honoring Crowley’s win.
“Helping Liz keep this seat was incredibly important to me and the whole City Council,” Quinn said.
A bagpiper came on to serenade the crowd, while Queens Democrats commiserated over the losses of Kevin Kim, Yen Chou and Frank Gulluscio. Quinn stayed past 11:30.
Political consultant Hank Sheinkopf (who spent the evening at the Sheraton, celebrating with Bloomberg, his main client for this election season) said that Quinn’s presence in Queens demonstrated her need to retain the support of Queens Democrats as she seeks to retain her speakership.
You know, I was going to make a comment about Quinn. But what's with the "dive bar" comment? Woodhaven House is definitely not a dive bar.