Etiquette Expert: Mayoral Hopeful's Disrespectful Habit Needs To Stop ASAP

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a sticky situation for the woman who wants to be New York City’s next mayor.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn has been seen in public and on camera failing to mind her manners.

CBS 2’s Tony Aiello chewed this over with an etiquette expert.

Standing behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday, she chewed and chewed and chewed some more during an affordable housing announcement on the West Side.

She tucked her gum into her cheek while speaking and then went back to chewing as Congressman Jerry Nadler stepped to the podium.

“In polite, civil society, people don’t chew gum in public!” etiquette expert Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick told Aiello.

Fitzpatrick said Quinn’s gum chewing was a real social faux pas —  disrespectful to the mayor and other dignitaries.

“It’s distracting to the listeners. It shows a lack of polish; it shows a lack of judgment,” Fitzpatrick said.

You’d expect an etiquette expert to say that, but when Aiello showed the video to people in Midtown everyone had the same reaction – laughter.

“Not good, not good manners. We know better than that,” one man said.

“That don’t look good, that’s not good!” another person said.

“I wouldn’t chew gum standing behind any person speaking. It’s disrespectful,” another said.

“Well, at least she didn’t blow a bubble, ha!” another said.

A spokesman for the speaker told Aiello, “Yesterday, Chris Quinn announced the creation of 682 affordable apartments and 2,900 construction jobs — now that’s something to chew on.”

The project Quinn announced will also include a new public school, where chewing gum will likely be prohibited.

The etiquette expert said there are two rules when it comes to gum: Don’t chew it in public, and dispose of it in the trash, not on the sidewalk.

Do you think this is a big deal? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments (18)
  1. ric says:

    bloomberg cant chew because he has no teeth

  2. Tommy C says:

    I remember Mr Green Jeans from Cpt. Kangaroo…Now we have Mayor Brown-Teeth.

  3. Tommy C says:

    You would think with all his money Bloomy would have a good dentist ?

  4. Statue of liberty says:

    She looks like a gay cow

  5. Donny Moss says:

    The fact that she’s a crook is much worse than the fact that she’s a slob.

  6. Andrew D Perrone says:

    Then againe she no good mayer back staber

  7. Andrew D Perrone says:

    She better not do it agine.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Your command of English makes me hard.

  8. rick says:

    bloomberg needs dentures and ray kelly too

  9. joe says:

    no more bloomberg people needed vote for mayor booker of new jersey

  10. rugbyball says:

    She is a back stabbing politician, she dismissed all of NYC when we as a collective voice voted for term limits, not once but twice, and she swept the peoples will away to get her man Bloomberg in for a third term not to mention the others who where against the term limit. She will sell her mother to further her political career, we do not need career politicians, thats what got us in to trouble to begin with. If she gets in god only knows what big business or Washington politician she will bend too to get her self further in politics!

    1. rugbyball says:

      And how many cans of air spray did she use to get her hair like that?

  11. KPMc says:

    How is it possible this is ALL I’ve seen of Quinn in the past three months while thousands of people occupy her borough? We haven’t heard her stance at all yet she wants to be Mayor?

    Chew the cud somewhere else.

  12. Jeff Rosen retired NYPD sgt says:

    Big freaken deal!!!

  13. rob says:

    Nothing worse than seeing a cow chewing gum behind a brown-tooth nepoleon turd.

  14. Sue says:

    No class whatsoever!! Show’s how rude she is to do that to anyone. I don’t care who was speaking. You’re in public like that you don’t have gum in your mouth. Extremely unprofessional.

  15. John Rodriguez says:

    Quinn is an idiot! I have written to her about ill written parking signs in Manhattan and she responded by telling me she will investigate. This was more than 8 months ago and the vaguely written signs are still collecting parking tickets for the unsuspecting people who chose to park.
    She is a liar, rude, and a moron! Guess that qualifies her for public office.

    1. Christine Q. says:


      Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. Anyhoo, in light of your post here, I hereby tell you to shove it!

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