(Co-authored with Gara LaMarche.)
A beneficial side-effect of the Anthony Weiner sideshow has been to refocus New York voters on the critical question in the Mayoral race: who is best suited to lead this country's largest, most dynamic, complex, diverse, and global city. After 20 years of Giuliani and Bloomberg, to have a truly democratic race, which offers a field of good progressive candidates is exciting. The Mayoral field of Democratic candidates is strong. We respect candidates like Bill Thompson and Bill DeBlasio, and we value the many critical voices and challenges raised in this race so far by diverse analysts and activists. But we believe the evidence is clear -- that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is the strongest and best candidate for Mayor of New York -- from any party.
Quinn's ability to lead all the boroughs of the city, her record of getting things done, commitment to human rights and social justice and pragmatic intellect demonstrate that she has the skill, ideas, guts and spirit to lead New York through these tough economic, cultural and political times. We say this as long-time social justice advocates who were unhappy with Quinn's support for Bloomberg's third term. But Quinn and the City Council's vote to suspend term-limits is not what elected Bloomberg - the first or second time - the people of New York City did. Reasonable people will differ with our conclusion, including some of our closest friends and allies; contention lies at the heart of politics, and we gladly join our own views to the fray.
There are three reasons Quinn is the best candidate for Mayor and will make a great one. First, she has a track record of making good on her commitment to get the city working again for low income and middle-class people; second, she has formidable skill as a political leader, and can deliver results; third, Quinn has the personal qualities of guts, progressive values, independence and chutzpah that we New Yorkers love in our Mayors.
Read our reasons and the rest of this entry at Huffington Post New York.