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Quinn, Christine b. 1966  
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Annie Karni of the New York Daily News stated that their apparently good relationship "allowed [Quinn] to work hand-in-glove with the mayor and become 'a particularly influential speaker,' . . . [who] worked well with the administration and had a bigger role, and got more done."

Ironically, however, Quinn's ability to collaborate with Bloomberg counted against her. Despite Bloomberg's failure to endorse her, Quinn's opponents portrayed her as his creature, who had made it possible for him to hang on to power and who would continue in the same mold rather than bringing positive change to the city. They specifically cited her stance in favor of revising rather than eliminating stop-and-frisk laws, as well as her statement that she did not intend to replace Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

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Quinn's campaign also blundered by not reaching out more aggressively and explicitly to women and glbtq voters--both natural constituencies for her.

In the late stages of the campaign Quinn brought on board Anita Dunn, who had been a debate coach for President Obama, but, stated Holly Baily of Yahoo! News, "it was a decision that backfired as Quinn came across as awkward and unprepared on stage--a 360-degree turn from a candidate known for being loose and at ease on the trail."

Although Quinn was out as a lesbian--and one who, thanks for New York's legalization of marriage equality, had been able to marry her life-partner--she avoided referring to her own situation. Only in the last weekend of the campaign did she specifically seek the glbtq vote, holding a rally at the site of the Stonewall Inn.

It was, however, too little and too late. The eventual winner of the Democratic primary, William de Blasio, had made active attempts to garner the glbtq vote and repeatedly cited his endorsement by out actress Cynthia Nixon.

Quinn finished in third place, well out of the running.

Term-limited herself, Quinn will leave the New York City Council in January 2014. She has not announced specific plans for her future in politics.

Linda Rapp

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social sciences >> Murray, Edward B. ("Ed") 

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literature >> Tobias, Andrew

Financial writer Andrew Tobias, the author of the classic coming out memoir The Best Little Boy in the World (1973), was elected Treasurer of the Democratic Party in 1999.


Baily, Holly. "Is New York Unwilling to Elect a Gay Woman Mayor? In Quinn's Loss, No Clear Answer." Yahoo! News (September 13, 2013):

Barbaro, Michael. "Council Speaker Has a Voice; She Calls Him Dad." New York Times (August 19, 2008): A1.

Fan, Maureen. "Building Ties That Bind, New Councilwoman Quinn Looks to Common Good." Daily News (New York) (February 20, 1999): New York Weekend, 19.

Gordon, Meryl. "Boss Quinn." New York Magazine (June 5, 2006):

Iannucci, Lisa. "City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: From Housing to Home Rule." The Cooperator 27.6 (June 2007):

Karni, Annie. "Quinn's Bloomy Problem." Daily News (New York) (September 2, 2013): 10.

Lombardi, Frank. "Slush Fund Buck Stops Here, Quinn Says." Daily News (New York) (April 9, 2008): 10.


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    Entry Title: Quinn, Christine  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
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