NYC's Quinn Launches Bid to Become 1st Openly Gay Mayor
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn launches campaign with a walk-and-talk
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn laughs during a news conference at city hall in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially launched her bid to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor today, in a quest that, if successful, would see her installed as the Big Apple's first openly gay mayor. Quinn's campaign launched with what the New York Times calls a "glossy autobiographical video" that seeks to capitalize on her "outsize, off-the-cuff personality." Quinn is embarking on a walking tour of all five boroughs today, telling New Yorkers to "put those sensible shoes on." "It's a great way to hear directly from New Yorkers," she says in the video, "so I can make sure when I’m mayor, my focus is their focus.”

Speaking of her mother's death from breast cancer, Quinn says, that the experience "left me with the belief that our obligation is to use every moment we have on this Earth to make it a better place, to make sure nobody is left behind because they might need a little more help." Quinn is considered a leading contender among Democrats eying the job, and she's a close ally of Bloomberg. She married longtime partner Kim Catullo last year.

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Mar 11, 2013 11:19 AM CDT
Openly gay what does that exactly mean? Carpet munching parties at the governors mansion? What exactly does that mean openly gay making out with her girlfriend at a news conference. Enough with this gay stuff who cares the Democrats are obcessed with sexuality and race again who gives a rats ass?
Mar 11, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
Has to be better than the idiot in charge now...The only thing more insane than Gloom and doomberg, is the populace that elected him and tolerate his antics in the first place
Mar 11, 2013 7:28 AM CDT
Who care if she is gay? Can she do the job. Bloomberg can't.