From the NY Times:
A few weeks before Election Day, Christine C. Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, met with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a diner in Manhattan.
Ms. Quinn had not yet taken sides in the mayor’s race, snubbing the Democratic nominee, William C. Thompson Jr., infuriating some of her colleagues who viewed her as too cozy with the mayor.
Over coffee, Mr. Bloomberg assured Ms. Quinn that it would be all right with him if she endorsed his rival. “Do what you have to do,” the mayor told her, according to two aides who summarized the conversation.
Soon after, she did, halfheartedly endorsing Mr. Thompson, in a move that quieted critics and paved the way for her re-election as speaker, which occurred as Council meeting on Wednesday.
Ms. Quinn declined to discuss the conversation. But the story encapsulates her complicated relationship with Mr. Bloomberg: even as she was publicly declaring her preference for his rival, she first received the mayor’s blessing.