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  •  Check the NYTimes piece on Quinn today. (8+ / 0-)

    They make her sound like a nasty piece of work:

    controlling, temperamental and surprisingly volatile, with a habit of hair-trigger eruptions of unchecked, face-to-face wrath
    When a Queens councilwoman neglected to credit Ms. Quinn in a news release, the speaker retaliated by cutting money for programs in her district.
    Ms. Crowley was called into a room at City Hall, where a livid Ms. Quinn began to shout at her, demanding to know who had authorized what she considered to be a premature and poorly worded release ...

    Days later, she learned that Ms. Quinn had cut the Council contributions to senior centers and youth sports programs in her district. The two now rarely speak.

    And a lot more. Quinn sounds like a real nightmare.

    GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

    by gzodik on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:22:24 PM PDT

    •  Not the best publicity that's for sure n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

      by Jeff Singer on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:27:15 PM PDT

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    •  I really liked Jimmy Oddo's response. (4+ / 0-)
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      Keep in mind he is a friend and supporter.  Courtesy of Colin Campbell who always digs up good things.

      Not anyone is taken aback by Ms. Quinn’s temperament, however. Minority Leader Jimmy Oddo–an ally of Ms. Quinn’s with a famous yelling incident himself–tweeted “Waaaaaa, the Speaker yelled at me (sniffle, sniffle)….waaaaaa…and she said a bad word too….waaaaaa.”

      The article more than anything showed one sad fact of New York City politics since the Supreme Court knocked down the Board of Estimates and the position of City Council Speaker was born.   The price for becoming New York City Council Speaker is your soul.

      The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

      by Taget on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:39:25 PM PDT

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      •  That's a memorable reaction! (2+ / 0-)
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        I can't imagine it's easy to be speaker of such a diverse body without a lot of bare knuckles.

        Interestingly, Quinn seems quite friendly in public based on press reports.

        23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

        by Jeff Singer on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 10:07:36 PM PDT

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    •  Quinn is a total sell-out (5+ / 0-)
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      She started out as such a good leftie.  She was a truly honest and open voice for the gay community (of which she is still supportive) and for most average NYers.  Until she got power.  She is nothing more than a Bloomberg acolyte who has sold her soul for political expediency.

      In the last mayoral election, which she arranged by strong-arming a one time overturning of term limits (just as cravenly as the Bush v. Gore court), she withheld her support of the Democratic candidate until the last minute and was very tepid in her support.  The highest ranking Democrat in the city barely endorsed and did not campaign for her party's candidate because she was in the pocket of Bloomberg.  She is a dirty political hack at this point.  And there is no redemption for her.  She has sold out the working people of NYC and would continue to do so if she were elected mayor.  Amen that we have some good Democrats running against her who are not afraid to expose her hypocrisies.

      •  I'm a New Yorker for Thompson (3+ / 0-)
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        While Quinn was letting Bloomberg act like Robert Mugabe by strong-arming that third term for Bloomy and herself, Tho,mpson spoke forcefully against this power grab and on election night nearly beat .  At one point, with 63% counted, only one thousand votes separated the two. Then Bloomy took off.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:55:45 PM PDT

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    •  just what... (4+ / 0-)
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      new york needs, another asshole after giuliani and bloomberg. i will never vote for her given her decisions that have affected the city.
      tung sol

      There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

      by tung sol on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 05:53:27 AM PDT

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    •  While I'm not a Quinn fan (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd be careful about what the NY Times has to say about her. They have their own interests at stake, and they usually support whomever it is who will make the plutocrats more comfortable.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:47:39 AM PDT

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