Former North Queens Assembly candidate Elio Forcina gives his insight into Christine Quinn’s run for New York City Mayor.
The Emperors New Clothes
Attention: the Editorial Board of Queens Politics
It’s a foggy night in North Queens and Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn is addressing the crowd. She tells a joke. Dead silence as no one laughs. An innocent nine-year old in the back yells out “That joke wasn’t funny!” The Emperors New Clothes fairy tale is very similar to what is being played out in Queens County over the Mayoral race. Many political insiders, lobbyists, and politicos who want access to City Hall are participating in a charade with Christine Quinn and are pretending that she is Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny all in one.
Christine Quinn’s rise to City Council speaker was orchestrated by political insiders and party bosses. And now, some of the many same ones, are trying to promote her for Mayor. The problem is once people on a city-wide level start seeing her ranting and raving and punishing her own constituents, she will turn people off and is going to have a tough road ahead against more kinder, less vicious individuals such as Bill Thompson and Bill Deblasio.
Just last week, Christine Quinn made an attempt to raise her profile and raise money, by fabricating Pro-Life violence and harassment. There is an old political strategy saying “If we don’t have a crime, and you need one so you can hit the political lottery, hey why not fabricate one.” Christine Quinn’s latest attempt to attack sidewalk counselors offering alternatives to abortion to women who have no place to go and to demonize innocent prayer vigils is more evidence of her unfitness for public office.
Last year, Christine Quinn passed a bill trying to shut down pregnancy centers by attacking their Free Speech. As speaker of the City Council, she attempted to have NYU destroy a business, Chick-fil-a, because management are religious and support traditional marriage. Anyone who believes that she is fit for mayor needs to have their head examined. Don’t think the attacks on Chick-fil-a is an isolated incident she can very well hunt down any business where management does not share her religious beliefs. Her attacks on Chick-fil-a is a dangerous precedent. She can start going after businesses here in Queens County. On a personal note, the Queens College Kosher Cafe Pizzeria was a special place where I would go to have lunch in my first semester of college. I remember the hardworking religious Jews who owned that pizzeria and the thought that Christine Quinn would use her position in government to try to destroy their business because they are religious Jews is disturbing. If she went after Chicker-fil-a she can go after every business where the owners are devoutly religious. Other Mayoral candidates such as Bill Thompson and Bill Deblasio, although are more progressive than most religious folks on social issues, based on the testimony of insiders, there is no evidence that they are out to hurt anyone who does not have the same religious beliefs as them. They seem like they are more understanding than Christine Quinn and realize that we have to share the city with many people, ideologies and religions and appear to be not out to hurt the other side.
Christine Quinn, as speaker, hurt the residents of Queens multiple times not only on social issues. She cut funding of groups to North Queens and South Queens because she was trying to punish and harass Councilman Tony Avella and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, with no thought of the constituencies that would suffer. Now she expects those constituencies to rally for her candidacy for Mayor, why? Because she’s so sweet? Christine Quinn has cut funding to districts where she is having petty and caddy outbursts towards some council members. She turned the City Council into a reality show version of the movie Mean Girls. To all the insiders who are playing in the charade that she is not a mean-spirited person unfit for public office will soon find out that she probably will not be the mayor. Once everyday ordinary New Yorkers start hearing and learning about her malicious attacks on religious free speech, religious business owners and her treatment of constituencies that are represented by council members that she wants to punish they will be inclined to be turned off by her.
For all the politicos who are hoping to land a job in economic development or commissioner of an agency, mark my words: She is not a shoe-in for Mayor and once the great residents of New York start seeing her for who she really is, expect her poll numbers to go down even lower. Just ask any nine-year old to watch her malicious rants and raves on Youtube and they will tell you “It’s not funny.”
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