Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quinn carries on Manton legacy

From the Daily News:

There's a remedy for political insurgency - incumbency.

There's nothing like winning office to turn insurgents into the best pals of the powers-that-be. "You're one of us now," the late Queens-Democratic boss Tom Manton was known to tell candidates who bucked him and won.

Christine Quinn must have learned that lesson well from Manton, who helped make her City Council speaker in 2006. In her carrot-and-stick reorganization last week of the Council's swarm of committee chairmanships, Quinn doled out committee or subcommittee chairs to 11 of the 13 newcomers to the Council, including eight who were elected with the help of the insurgent-friendly Working Families Party .

There was much talk after the November election that the new members, especially the WFP bunch, would form the nucleus of a more independent Council.

Quinn did one of her smiling burns when asked if giving chairs and lulus to so many newbies could be seen as trying to co-opt them. She said the newcomers "might bring skill sets to make a committee work well and help the Council do a good job."

In other words: "You're one of us now."

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

yes, you are one of us now,all tax and spenders.

stinky said...

Christine Quinn must have learned that lesson well from Manton, who helped make her City Council speaker in 2006. I thought Manton was already deceased by then whom turn over his seat by appointing Joe Crowley to it (Helps us Queens - did anyone see Joe since the last election?).

Well Quinn certainly is savy, wicked character straight out of Tammney Hall, just like Manton and Crowley. The very model of whom should never be elected to office.

Anonymous said...

scumbag.

diversity as long as the Irish are in control.

when WAS the last time anyone saw Crowley?

Anonymous said...

Quinn, please die soon

Anonymous said...

when WAS the last time anyone saw Crowley?

on TV last night trying to obtain an autograph from Pres. Obama. Once again, Joe is pre-occupied with his own personal needs.

Anonymous said...

Quinn- progressive lifestyle at home, traditional boss at work.