I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what my thoughts are on Tuesday night’s primary results in the New York City Mayor’s Race. It’s no secret that my support was with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. GaySocialites.com even endorsed her in the Democratic Primary. So, needless to say, I was disappointed to see Quinn finish in third place.
Although disappointed that Chris won’t be elected Mayor this November, I am proud of the campaign she ran. At one point, she was the front-runner and poised to become New York City’s first openly gay and first female Mayor. We won’t get to see either of those qualities in the next Mayor, but I have to commend the Quinn campaign for all they added to the race. I hope her success paves the path for other openly gay candidates and for other women to seek the city’s highest office in future races. I didn’t support Chris just because she is gay. Her platform and achievements aligned more closely with my ideas and vision for the city than any of the others did. I also admire her track record. She may have gotten a bad wrap for being to tied to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but I saw a different relationship. I saw one that worked well by not always taking their problems to the media instead allowing the courts to solve major disputes. I hope the next Mayor and the next Speaker of the City Council will uphold that same type of integrity. Having said that, now I’m on the search for the candidate with the best vision for the city as I see it.