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Gotham Votes 2013

Elections Roundup: Quinn’s Lead Erodes; Lhota’s New Fundraising Tactic

Political observers and rival campaigns tell The Wall Street Journal that Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s bid for City Hall may be in trouble.

Recent polls have shown that her lead eroded after former Congressman Anthony Weiner got into the race. The latest, by Quinnipiac University, shows a three-way tie among Quinn, Weiner and former comptroller Bill Thompson.

"There’s been a steady erosion in the level of support for her candidacy as other candidates, or the possibility of other candidacies, have emerged," Costas Panagopoulos, director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy at Fordham University, told the WSJ. "And, so, it seems to me that New York City voters are looking for an alternative to Christine Quinn."

On the plus side for Quinn, Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in the case that led the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, has endorsed the speaker for mayor. If elected, Quinn would be the first openly gay mayor.

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota is using the surging popularity of Weiner to raise money. The Daily News reports that the Lhota campaign fired off a fundraising appeal yesterday referencing the disgraced congressman with the line: “It’s up to us to stop him.” The letter continues:

“Like me, I’m sure that you had hoped to have seen the last of Anthony Weiner when he resigned from Congress following an illicit sexual Twitter scandal and botched coverup, but he’s back and desperate for political redemption."

District Council 37, the largest public employee union, has endorsed candidates throughout the city for the upcoming elections.

The union has endorsed Councilwoman Letitia James for Public Advocate. This endorsement comes immediately after she was named the frontrunner in the race in a new poll.

For borough president, DC37 endorsed incumbent Ruban Diaz Jr. in the Bronx; Councilwoman Gale Brewer in Manhattan; and Councilman Leroy Comrie in Queens.

"The DC 37 Delegates endorsed this list of very qualified candidates because of their proven record in support of fight against privatization and in support of public education, housing, health care and other issues important to the men and women we represent,” DC37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts said in a statement yesterday.

They have also endorsed various candidates for City Council races throughout the city. The primary is set for September 10.


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