“I’m running for mayor ’cause I love this city,” says Christine Quinn in her announcement that she'll be running for Mayor of New York City. In the very same video, she also casually mentions:
-her involvement as a housing organizer fighting for the rights of tenants in the housing justice campaign
-her stint as an LGBT activist as the head of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
-that she did not grow up a zillionaire
-has balanced budgets that actually favor and prioritize fire houses, libraries and the jobs of 4,100 school teachers
-has passed living wage laws
-has passed pro-choice legislation
-has made kindergarten mandatory (kindergarten is really fucking important)
She basically checks all my boxes, pun absolutely intended. She just casually slips in there all the things I ever want in a candidate ever.
What's more, if she winds up winning, she'll not only be the first female mayor of New York City, but the first openly gay one as well. She married her wife after gay marriage passed in New York, and she was a vocal supporter of that. You guys, she walked down the aisle to Ave Maria... the Beyoncé version. Also Newark Mayor Cory Booker likes her:
Christine Quinn announces her bid for NYC mayor today: quinnfornewyork.com/announcement
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) March 10, 2013
Carmen first covered Christine Quinn's mayoral attempt in 2011, when she raised 1.32 million dollars to run in the 2013 election. She's now in the running with Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio.
Christine Quinn's campaign — that it's even possible — is a great reminder that shit has come a long way. Now let's hope she wins. Lesbians in power ftw!