Legendary New York mayor Ed Koch has announced he is endorsing openly lesbian City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as the next Mayor of New York. The election will be in 2013.
The Koch backing could prove extremely important for the Jewish vote for Quinn, the granddaughter of an Irish Titanic survivor, who is the first gay and lesbian speaker in the city’s history. He said he believed Ms. Quinn would do the best job protecting the city’s middle class.
Quinn has been a champion and at the forefront of marriage equality in New York State and would receive the backing of the LGBT community in New York.
“I believe that she is center-left, which is what I am,” he said, adding, “Of all the candidates, Christine is the best able to follow in the steps of Mayor Bloomberg and myself.” Asked why he made his endorsement two years before the race , Koch, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, stated, “I’m 87 today — I’m not looking to roll up i.o.u.’s.”
Christine Callaghan Quinn (born July 25, 1966) is a Democratic politician and the current Speaker of the New York City Council. The third person to hold this office, Quinn is the first female and first openly gay speaker. In 2007, the New York Post named Quinn the third-most powerful woman in New York, after Hillary Rodham Clinton and Diane Sawyer. She was rated one of the “Forty Under Forty” by Gotham Magazine. Quinn is featured in GAY U.S.A. the Movie’s trailer which can be viewed at the HOME PAGE gayusathemovie.com
Christine Quinn can be seen in the clip below, shot by Kristina Lapinski of GAY U.S.A the Movie, supporting same-sex couples on the first day of marriage equality in New york City, 2011
By Melanie Nathan
Video and Photo by Kristina Lapinski©