For the far-Left, New York press endorsing Christine Quinn for Democrat candidate to be mayor wasn't about her many scandals or her lying to the city's voters while steamrolling the democratic process to enable Mayor Michael Bloomberg's third term, it was about trying to make "history" and elect the "first lesbian mayor" of NYC. Too bad their farce blew up in their face:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who was once considered the heir to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s throne, ended her campaign for mayor on Tuesday night, coming in a distant third place in the polls.RELATED: De Blasio surge thanks to breakout ad with teenage son
“I want to congratulate my opponents Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio on a hard-earned victory” an emotional Ms. Quinn told enthusiastic supports gathered at the swanky Dream Hotel in Chelsea, where the only decoration was a single “Christine Quinn for New York” banner hung above a simple stage.
“This was a hard-fought race, we took a lot of knocks, we were up against a lot off odds, but I am proud of the race we all ran,” she said. “There’s a young girl out there who was inspired by the thought of New York’s first woman mayor and said to herself, ‘You know what? I can do that.’”
The mood in the room was somber throughout the night as exit polls made clear that Ms. Quinn had been eclipsed by Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, whose campaign had soared from behind in the final weeks, promising a break from the Bloomberg years.
The outcome was a stunning blow for Ms. Quinn, who spent the first months of the race as the undisputed front-runner, nearly approaching the crucial 40 percent that she would have needed to win without a runoff.
But Ms. Quinn’s team and surrogates acknowledged Tuesday that they had miscalculated the growing frustrations with the current administration and desire to move in a new direction–a sentiment Mr. de Blasio seized early on. As the primary electorate skewed left, Ms. Quinn dug in her heels on positions like supporting Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and seemed reluctant to tout the historic status of her candidacy as the potential first female and openly gay mayor.