In Roar for Change, Voters Pick De Blasio, Rebuke Quinn

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


With three quarters of Democratic voters saying they wanted change, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio just edged over the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary.  But former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who came in second with 26 percent, vowed to plow on. The vote was a sharp rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to City Council Christine Quinn, who ran as a nicer, gentler Bloomberg. Quinn came in a distant third. 

The Board of Elections still needs to certify the vote count to officially determine whether there will be a run-off. That process begins on Friday.

But the night was a broad victory for Bill de Blasio, who trailed in the polls and was seen as an also-ran most of the election. "You have made this campaign a cause," de Blasio told supporters at the Bell House in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, an artsy neighborhood that barely existed 12 years ago. "We are bigger, we are stronger, we are better as a city when we make sure that everyone has a shot."

De Blasio ran well across the board, winning more than 80 percent of black-majority precincts and doing particularly well in Brownstone Brooklyn. His victory party spilled over onto 7th street, where revelers basked in the warm night air and ate from food trucks selling pizza, weiner schnitzel, and lobster rolls. 

Exit polls showed Democratic voters overwhelmingly wanted change, opposed Mayor Bloomberg's third term, and were unsettled by stop-and-frisk, a combination that buoyed de Blasio and sealed the fate of Christine Quinn. 

As the results ticked in with de Blasio teetering just above the 40 percent mark, a defiant Bill Thompson took the stage at the Eventi Hotel near Penn Station, leading his supporters in a chant of "three more weeks! Three more weeks!" He added "This is far from over! Far from over!"  

Thompson was endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers whose political action committee spent over one million dollars on the election. Union President Michael Mulgrew was vowing late Tuesday that the UFT could still "make a winner."

But Thompson, who lost to de Blasio among blacks, latinos, and whites, faces daunting hurdles.  Fewer voters will go to the polls in a run-off, and union support for Thompson could waver if it becomes clearer they might have to negotiate a contract with a Mayor de Blasio.

One of the most emotional moments of the night came as Council Speaker Christine Quinn spoke to supporters at the Dream hotel near Union Square. Quinn had led the polls for months, and if she had won, could have been the first woman and first openly gay mayor of New York. But she barely cracked 15 percent.  "This was a hard fought race," she said.  "We took a lot of knocks. We were up against a lot of odds. But I am proud of the race we all ran." 

But when the night ended, some Quinn supporters, like Assembly member Deborah Glick, were angry. "lt doesn't matter how hard a woman works, how qualified she is. Governing is hard, you develop a record, and campaigning is easy, and talk is cheap."

Quinn quickly left with her wife, Kim Catullo, leaving a room of supporters hugging and crying as they stepped over discarded blue-and-white placards that said "Christine Quinn, endorsed by The New York Times."

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Comments [18]

Nancy Cadet from Fort Greene

Richard Kim in the Nation has a great analysis of Quinn 's political choices and how they affected gay New Yorkers , supporting or blocking or watering down legislation .
It's a lot more serious than NYTimes reporter Jodie Kantor's superficial "gender analysis."

Sep. 13 2013 09:49 PM
post-democracy from NYC

The headline here: A ROAR for change is very far from the truth. deBlasio has the most wimpy endorsement of the smallest percent of this city's population.

How about: Election marks the beginning of post-democracy America as top runner gathers no more than than 3% of support of citizens.

Sep. 11 2013 05:49 PM
AliRalph from New York

If Blasio also were into the real estate developer's pockets. Who then is the better fit? Thompson?

Sep. 11 2013 03:08 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Even in its floundering state, the Voice, at the very least, identified why ABQ, New York is Not For Sale and NYCLASS worked. Take note, WNYC political analysists!

Sep. 11 2013 02:38 PM
jj from West Village

Sorry, "While I don't deny (-that)..."

Sep. 11 2013 02:11 PM
JJ from West Village

THANK YOU, SKV. Quinn was not representative of MY LGBTQ community, not representative of MY district. When I accidentally sliced a digit open last November, it took me almost three quarters of an hour to make it to a hospital ER, let alone identify the nearest one. (Unforgivable as the loss of St Vincent's is, at the very minimum a responsible "representative" would have given priority identifying health-services options for the affected community.) Finally, shame on Quinn (and Glick) for exploiting her identity as a queer woman, and pinning her loss on a callous, male- and heterocentric polulace. I would rather support a straight white male whose priorities don't derive from the slag heap of political expediency than a candidate whose personal identity more closely approximates my own. (While I won't deny that the different standard for women and queers seeking public office, we'll be much closer to our first LGBTQ and/or woman mayor when a truly worthy one runs.) Unfortunately Glick's dishonesty on this issue reduces her in my estimation, and will likely do so in the eyes of other potential supporters: "We got it wrong" would have been a more honest assessment of why Quinn's numbers plummeted as the campaign progressed. Farewell, Christine. May your view atop the ruins of St. Vincent's be among the most spectacular.

Sep. 11 2013 02:06 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

SKV - Couldn't have said it better. Glick is part of the cabal that would have Quinn, Stringer, and Johnson continue the Bloombergian nonsense. This cluster came up with the weak identity politics strategy. The only way "history" was made was that a small group of determined citizens directed more sunshine to the truth: we're sick of the machine. That we have to live with Stringer (nice, but limp at best when it comes to the Comptroller job) and Johnson should only see us paying more attention to every move they make.

Brian continued to bang on about how ABQ was only about animal rights, burying the lede. This proves a good measure of being out of touch and how determined ABQ was able to galvanize support on an array of issues--sometimes one person at a time. It's not the sexiest way of going about coalition building, but it proved how willing New Yorkers are to reject slick marketing and sloganeering.

And sorry, WNYC--this so-called theme of "change" is just so much available nonsense. Christine Quinn was last elected by a pitiful volume of people. Her own district woke up and testified--no matter how much national money, so-called endorsements and gay-washing was employed. Bad strategy all around. Good riddance!

Sep. 11 2013 01:30 PM
Melissa From Queens from Queens, NY

Now that the primaries are over I hope there will be a healthy debate of the issues that includes the third-party, the Independent candidate, Adolfo Carrion, Jr.

The media has focused on the two party system. They have ignored the Independent Party, which continues to increase its registered voters. In order for people to make an informed decision, whatever that may be, all of the candidates should be recognized.

Sep. 11 2013 12:29 PM
Levy from Williamsburg

Deblasio's first party after the primary was scarily bifurcated, with lobster and another VIP lounge, tale of two cities indeed.

But it is not bloomberg it was the UNIONS themselves that did not FIGHT for a contract that did this to themselves during bloomberg.

ope he ends EDC subsidies like Liu promised.

Sep. 11 2013 11:50 AM

Bloomberg is leaving a time bomb for the next mayor. I am not a union member but, run-off or not, I hope the candidates will be pressed on how they intend to deal with expired union contracts. As for Thompson's probable emphasis on DeBlasio's disreputable supporters, well you know the saying about glass houses wherein dwells Mr. Thompson as well as his wife and her museum. They can play tit for tat but we still have to figure out which one of these imperfect candidates to vote for.

Sep. 11 2013 10:27 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I supported Thompson, but I'm glad at least that Quinn, Liu and Wiener are out of the race. Quinn has a BIG, uncouth mouth, so I don't know how the reporter could say she ran as a "as a nicer, gentler Bloomberg." Liu is a liar and Wiener needs to keep it in his pants for a long while before entering politics again.

We can now breathe a sigh of relief until November.

Sep. 11 2013 10:26 AM
Terry from from Brooklyn

Quinn's downfall was STOP and FRISK! She didn't care about black people or anyone who wasn't an LGBT community member. While I believe in the LGBT community, I couldn't and can't as a black mother of a young black son, like Dante de Blasio, get past her love of stop and frisk. She just didn't get it and so she's gone!

Sep. 11 2013 10:24 AM
sad panda from nyc

De Blasio was in support of the Atlantic Yards land giveaway.
He supported changing the term limits...I might go for Joe Lhota in the end ;)

BTW: NYC has always been a tale of more than 1 city...NYC is a poor melting pot.
It's a tale of many many cities, countries and people.

People are too easily fooled by feel-good slogans.

Sep. 11 2013 10:13 AM
jerrytarloy from ghana

i love this atmosphere of great business success,all the best

Sep. 11 2013 10:03 AM
Christine from Westchester

Let's not jump to conclusions about "change" being the focus. I'd say it's more a case of not wanting Quinn than seeking so much change. There are a number of things I'd say NYers are happy to keep. Crime rate down, streets are relatively clean and business is not bad in NY. Keep the good, continue to work on the not so good. I don't think Quinn wanted to do more than grab power.

I'm always wary of touting so much "change." Look what that got us in the presidential election.

Sep. 11 2013 09:52 AM
c from nyc

i know skv. ditto. i wanted to support quinn, but the more i learned about her tactics and record...i wanted to support a better human and politician. i was hopeing for thompson because i think he has experience and integrity, but i am grateful that bloomberg will exit soon.

Sep. 11 2013 09:22 AM
jim in elmhurst from Queens

Quinn never stood a chance. But please don't fool yourself, SKV: De Blasio has spent a lot of time in the pockets of real estate developers, too.

Sep. 11 2013 06:35 AM
SKV from nyc

Deborah Glick is wrong. I didn't support Quinn despite being a feminist and really wanting to be able to vote for a woman. But not THAT woman. Not a corrupt, vicious bully who's totally in the pocket of Big; real estate developers, corporate interests,etc. Not someone who yanks seniors' funding to spite a political slight. Not someone who opposes sick leave and decent pay. Not someone who helps tear down a neighborhood's hospital to build condos. Not someone who supports systematically violating the civil rights of young men of color and overrides the voted will of the people for term limits. Quinn is the wrong woman.

Sep. 11 2013 04:47 AM

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