NEW YORK — While former Congressman Anthony Weiner made his first mayoral debate with his fellow Democrats last night, the sometimes forgotten Republican candidates held a forum of their own in a Midtown Manhattan law firm.
In the flurry of likely voter polls and mayoral debates conducted over the last few months, the candidates for the Republican nomination have been lying low. However, all three came out for a forum hosted by the Republican National Lawyers Association at the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm offices.
Doe Fund founder George McDonald explained why one of the three Republican candidates needs to win in November by attacking the City Council for passing bills in recent months that have been criticized by the business community. He mentioned legislation that would prevent employers from discriminating against unemployed job applicants, block employers from running credit checks on applicants and allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.
"That's now," McDonald said. "Imagine when Mayor Bloomberg isn't there and it's one of these Democrats like Christine Quinn, who's leading the pack for these kinds of things. We're in a very dangerous situation going forward, because they literally override the mayor's vetoes on all of this stuff. So if they have a mayor that's encouraging all of this stuff … Oh, Lord."
The audience, a mix of 70 or so lawyers and rows of people dressed in suits and jackets, laughed at McDonald's cry for a higher power to intervene.