NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - For some time now, it was unquestioned that New York City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would have the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But that’s not a sure thing, according to a report.
The New York Times says billionaire media mogul Mort Zuckerman, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell are on Bloomberg’s wish list of successors.
It would be unwelcome news for Quinn, who has been one of the mayor’s closest allies.
But on Tuesday, Quinn brushed off the report.
“This is all silliness and it’s a just a silly season at the beginning of 2013 and political gossip and chit chat, and I’m not really going to comment on it because what I’m focused on is what we can do to make New Yorkers’ lives better and easier,” Quinn told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond. “I’m not gonna comment on silly political parlor games. This is just silly.”
The mayor has yet to publicly endorse a candidate. But the reported wish list of boldfaced names suggests he lacks confidence in the current crop of candidates.
But Quinn said she stands by her record.
“When the mayor’s race starts, what New Yorkers are going to be focused on is who has the best record, who has the best vision to make their lives easier and better, and, trust me, I’m happy to put my record up just against anybody” she added.
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