In a front page editorial, The New York Daily News strongly endorsed Christine Quinn for Mayor of New York City. In the process, the Big Apple would have its first woman and lesbian mayor in history.
Here is an excerpt:
Against this backdrop, the Daily News measured the backgrounds and promises of each contender by the standards of pragmatism, realism and effectiveness: Council Speaker Christine Quinn is the Democratic primary candidate best qualified to lead New York as mayor over the next four years.
The News endorses Quinn because she combines the clearest understanding of the difficulties facing the city with the most extensive record of getting things done. Her proposals for the working and middle classes could actually come to fruition, as opposed to the many pie-in-the-sky pronouncements of her competitors.
Measured by delivered results, Quinn outdistances the field. She devoted her seven years as Council speaker to transforming the post from a nitpicking pulpit into a platform that channeled a fractious legislative body into productive governance.
Tough calls the likes of which her rivals have never made helped propel the many successes that carried the Bloomberg era up from the disastrous post-9/11 trough to a New York that’s suffering growing pains produced by rising population and global attraction.
Quinn is the single candidate who cut a smart labor deal, one that saved the jobs of 4,100 teachers in return for contract concessions, an accomplishment that bodes well for the tasks of next year.
In the face of heated criticism, she has also stood firm against demands to abandon charter schools, end the closure of failing schools and cancel plans to build a waste transfer station on the upper East Side. That’s more spine than shown collectively by her rivals.
She worked out compromises on living-wage, prevailing-wage and mandatory sick leave legislation that better balanced the needs of workers and struggling small businesses than other candidates would have.
Although she is no slouch as a Democratic liberal, Quinn nonetheless has distinguished herself in comparison largely because she has converted her beliefs into reality-based actions and plans that are the unexciting innards of governing.
On these grounds, The News urges Democratic voters to rally behind Quinn as the party standard-bearer to meet and be sized up against the Republican candidate in November.