Christine Quinn Concedes In NYC Mayor’s Race, de Blasio Captured More LGBT Votes

It’s still unclear whether Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson will be in a run-off to be the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, but one thing is certain: Christine Quinn won’t be.

The openly lesbian City Council President conceded Tuesday night, bringing to a close a campaign where she went from being considered the shoo-in to watching her support crumble. Quinn was pulling about 15% of the vote, compared to about 40% for de Blasio and 26% for Thompson. If de Blasio holds on at 40%, he wins the nomination outright and there will be no run-off. He will also be the favorite in the November election against Republican John Lhota.

Quinn appeared before her followers to thank them for their support, giving a special shout-out to her wife, Kim Catullo, who was standing beside her, as  “one of the most compelling champions this campaign had.”

“Let’s keep working,” Quinn said, “for a better, greater, more united, more equal New York for everyone. For every little girl, for every union member, for every family, for every LGBT person out there. That is what we can bring, and that’s what we did bring.”

Ironically, exit polling showed that de Blasio captured more of the LGBT vote than Quinn did. In the spring, de Blasio was running a distant fourth in the polls, but he was able to capitalize on voter dissatisfaction with current mayor Michael Bloomberg, particularly around the city’s stop-and-frisk policies. That included dissatisfaction in the LGBT community.

Quinn, on the other hand, was widely seen as Bloomberg’s stand-in, particularly since she was instrumental in waiving term limits so that Bloomberg could seek a third term in 2009. Despite having the largest campaign chest and an early lead, Quinn found herself unexpectedly contending first with former Congressman and sexting magnate Anthony Weiner and, after his implosion, both de Blasio and Thompson.

New York City loses its chance to have its first lesbian mayor, but will still be some LGBT connection in the mayor’s mansion. De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, wrote a groundbreaking essay for Essence magazine in 1979 titled “I Am a Lesbian.” She says now when she meet de Blasio in 1991, she was attracted to him.  As to how she went from being a lesbian to being in love with a man, McCray told Essence, “by putting aside the assumptions I had about the form and package my love would come in. By letting myself be as free as I felt when I went natural.”

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  • Snapper59

    I’m watching the morning MSNBC show and of course they are all New Yorkers and lean left and the “er….uhm….uhm….deBlasio?” coming from people like David Gregory and Andrea Mitchell and Jon Meacum is amusing because I guess it’s gonna hit those poor (rich Manhattanite) babies in the wallet and leave the rest of the nation alone.
    Oh, I’m weeping.

  • Publius

    FFS, it’s JOE Lhota. Not John.

  • LowerEastSider

    Quinn is the Speaker of the City Council, not the President.

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  • ncman

    @Snapper59: How could you possibly describe David Gregory as “leaning left”?

  • Hermes

    @Snapper59: You do realize that there are upper middle and upper class people that BELIEVE in paying their taxes, right? It isn’t just Warren Buffett. there are lots of us in the 100K to 150K range that believe in the same thing. It is not fair nor right EVER that the people making 50K and less shoulder the burden. I have no problem with Mr. deBlasio on that issue, although I supported Thompson because deBlasio is looking to close of the Brooklyn Hospitals that carries a considerable load.

  • balehead

    Watch her blame men (gay or straight) for this…..

  • Kieran

    Before DeBlasio’s ex-gay wife moves into the mayor’s mansion, doesn’t her husband have to win the election first?

  • Teleny

    Christine I would have voted for you!

  • etseq

    Oh great, so we get an “ex-lesbian” as the first lady of NYC. Great that makes me feel so much better. The right wing will have a field day with this – hey gay kid you can be straight too some day if you try hard enough just like the nice lady on stage. Plus he and his “ex-lesbian” wife ran a homophobic smear campaign against Quinn insinuating that Quinn couldn’t relate to “regular” families and kids because, you know, she hates men unlike the “ex-lesbian” BTW, the wife refuses any suggestion she is bisexual – she insists that all she needed was the “right man” to turn her straight.

    Leave it to Queerty to always be the gay contrarian slate.

  • etseq

    John Gallagher just needs the right woman to turn him straight…that’s why he is trying to spin this “ex-lesbian” as a positive roll model. Jeez self-loathing alert…

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