In a final push, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn campaigned to be the city’s mayor at the Stonewall Inn on September 6.
At the Greenwich Village gay bar that sparked the modern LGBT movement in 1969, the rally gained over two hundred people with many chanting, “Win with Quinn! Win with Quinn!”
“We’re standing on hallowed ground on a place where people before us said we’re not going to get pushed around anymore,” said Quinn during the rally. “And you know what? In the course of this campaign we’ve taken a lot of hits. We’ve been attacked over and over by my opponents and by independent expenditures. And we’re right here tonight on ground where people fought back against things much harder than we have—much harder than the attacks I’ve taken in this campaign.”
According to the polls, city comptroller Bill Thompson and Quinn were tied in second place with twenty percent while New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was in the lead by sixteen points.
The LGBT community in New York’s well-known gay district, Chelsea, also applauded De Blasio earlier that day.
Critics disregard Quinn’s orientation as an indication of her declining numbers. Instead, political analysts connect her numbers with her association with unpopular, three-time New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“When you’re speaker you have a choice,” Hunter College political science professor Kenneth Sherrill said in an interview with the Washington Blade. “You either can oppose everything the mayor does or you can be a partner in governing and help shape policies and make them wiser and improve things. And doing things that make you an effective speaker are frequently things that don’t make you a popular candidate for mayor.”
Regardless, the Human Rights Campaign, Daily News, the New York Times and the New York Post and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed Quinn by labeling her a “skilled and seasoned politician capable of doing the best job of running New York City at this time.”
“We’re moving forward because nobody has ever handed our community anything,” Quinn concluded at the end of her speech. “We got there by organizing, by joining with our allies, by educating, and by pushing forward. And that’s what we’re going to do until Tuesday.”
According to the recent poll, female voters support de Blasio with a thirty-four to twenty-one percent margin, even though Quinn is the only woman in the race.