All of the candidates took jabs at her support in the City Council to extend term limits, giving Mayor Michael Bloomberg the chance to run for a third term, as well as her track record with member items int eh city budget.
Before a standing-room-only crowd nearly breaking the fire code, according to organizers, boos and shouts – including someone shouting “term limits” - were heard on several occasions as Quinn picked up the microphone.
Former comptroller and candidate Bill Thompson jumped right on the comment from the crowd. He said that in 2008 Quinn, “undermined the will of the people of the City of New York. It was not about our interest, it was about self interest.”
He went on to say “there is no reason or excuse” why Bloomberg should have been allowed to run for a third term.
“There are a lot of people in this room who disagree with what I did and I get that,” said Quinn. “But I made a decision a number of years ago, that based on the economic situation we were in I believed it was the right decision.”
Following her comment, she threw her opponent Public Advocate Bill de Blasio under the bus with her. She said that at a debate in 2008, de Blasio said he would extend term limits for Bloomberg in an attempt to boost the economy.
In response to the jab, de Blasio jokingly said, “Democracy got suspended in our town in 2008.”
Comptroller John Liu also jumped on the term-limit issue. He criticized Bloomberg for not being the answer to the city’s finical problems, and said that the economic crisis did not necessitate a third term.
While many pundits and polls have pegged Quinn as the frontrunner in the race, reactions from the crowd last week indicated something different.
Allen Bortnick, a Brooklyn resident since 1957, said that he doesn’t trust Quinn. He said that while he thinks Bloomberg was a great mayor and helped the city financially during the recession, he disagrees that he should have been allowed to run for a third term.
When asked who he was voting for, Bortnick said at the moment Liu impresses him.
“He is a money man,” he said.