New York City Council Speaker and Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn has weighed in on the reemerging controversy surrounding rival Anthony Weiner. Quinn is in the running to become New York City’s first woman mayor as well as the city’s first openly LGBT mayor.
Weiner recently got into trouble again when photos of his schnitzengruben along with explicit texts and conversations he engaged in last year surfaced. This was a full year after he was forced from Congress over the sexting scandal and well after people had thought he had engaged in this behavior.
Quinn did not call for Weiner to leave the race, but still derided him for bringing the circus into the campaign. She said “Being the Mayor of New York is serious business and it demands a serious leader. Instead we have seen a pattern of reckless behavior, consistently poor judgment, and difficulty with the truth. New Yorkers deserve something completely different: they deserve a mayor who has the judgment, maturity, record, and vision to lead this City. That’s what I offer as mayor.”
Meanwhile, the New York Post and the New York Times both called for Weiner to drop from the race. The Post made a sex-based pun telling him to ‘beat it’. The Post wrote “Weiner’s dishonest, impulse-driven psyche is once more stripped as naked as the images of his texted private parts.” The Times wrote “the serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”
Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain tweeted “Does anyone else think @anthonyweiner is a predator?”
In full, Quinn stated:
“New York City is the largest and most complex city in the country. It has a budget the size of most states. It’s home to 8.4 million New Yorkers who day in and day out work hard to pay their bills, raise their families, and create better lives for their children. This city deserves a mayor with the maturity and judgment to lead, a real record of delivering results for the people of New York, and a fundamental understanding that the job is not about self aggrandizement —it’s about making the lives of New Yorkers better today than they were yesterday.
The circus that Mr. Weiner has brought to the mayor’s race these last two months has been a disservice to New Yorkers who are looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this City and a record of actually delivering real results for them.
Being the Mayor of New York is serious business and it demands a serious leader. Instead we have seen a pattern of reckless behavior, consistently poor judgment, and difficulty with the truth. New Yorkers deserve something completely different: they deserve a mayor who has the judgment, maturity, record, and vision to lead this City. That’s what I offer as mayor.
We are less than 7 weeks until Primary Day and I intend to vigorously make the case to New Yorkers, that if you want a mayor who has the judgment, maturity, record, and vision for leading this City, I am your candidate.
If you want a mayor who has real ideas for making this city more affordable –backed up by real results, I am your candidate.
And if you want a mayor who understands just how serious running this City actually is, I am your candidate.
So, I am going to get back to work, ignore the sideshow, and continue making the case that there is only one candidate who has the record, vision, and know-how to lead this great city and do so with the seriousness it deserves.”