Christine Quinn released the first television ad in the Democratic mayoral race, in which she touts her bona fides as a champion of the middle class. The New York Times fact-checks and determines:
The advertisement will test the potency of Ms. Quinn’s central message: love her or hate her, she gets stuff done. But — surprise! — it oversimplifies the messy work of government.
Speaking of Quinn, a new poll also shows her at the top in the field of mayoral candidates. A New York Times/Siena poll shows her getting 27 percent support; Anthony Weiner is second with 18 percent.
Meanwhile, Quinn’s rival in the Democratic mayoral race, Bill Thompson, continues to gather endorsements — this time from key Bronx Democrats. Chris Bragg of Crain’s New York reports that Bronx Councilman James Vacca, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and Assemblyman Michael Benedett are set to endorse Thompson later today. Although not surprising, Bragg writes that the endorsements “add to the multi-ethnic coalition the former city comptroller is counting on to propel him to victory in the Democratic mayoral primary." As our demographics columnist, Andy Beveridge, has written, that could be the key to winning this year.