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Elections Roundup: Quinn on the Attack; ‘Slush Fund’ Redux; Breaking Down the Democratic Field


Surprising most onlookers, Christine Quinn rolled up her sleeves and knocked around some of her Democratic rivals last night on NY1’s “Road to City Hall" with Errol Louis. Politicker’s Colin Campbell reports:

The fireworks began when, during an interview on NY1′s Road to City Hall, Ms. Quinn was presented with rival Bill de Blasio’s argument today that the City Council “has been manipulated by the mayor, especially via Speaker Quinn,” and thus can’t be tasked with reforming the city’s embattled 911 system. 

"Bill de Blasio is desperate," Ms. Quinn shot back. “He is stuck in the bottom of the polls and he’s desperately, and quite frankly, sadly attacking an institution I’m incredibly proud of — an institution he was a member of and in the leadership of for eight years."

On the heels of Quinn’s slams against Thompson and de Blasio, the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Howard Saul explores if Quinn’s ‘slush fund’ scandal is coming back to bite her. 

The so-called “slush fund" scandal resulted in a federal investigation after allegations emerged in the spring of 2008 that the council for years had assigned millions of dollars to fictitious organizations, such as the curiously named “Coalition of Informed Individuals." In fact, the money that was allocated to these fake groups—known as member items or discretionary funds—was used as a reserve fund and distributed to legitimate organizations later in the fiscal year.

The morning after, NY1 Political Director Bob Hardtbroke down the Democratic mayoral candidates’ pros and cons — at least where they stand before the long holiday weekend and after Quinn’s “major bomb" last night.

Amazingly, this could really be the first time they win a mayoral election since 1989 — unless they form a circular firing squad and start shooting like crazy. Which is already sort of happening.



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