'Quinn' pro quo
Mar 27, 2018 | 7413 views | 0 0 comments | 271 271 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Former City Council speaker and 2013 losing mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's apology and subsequent retraction of her insult to Cuomo challenger Cynthia Nixon that she is "an unqualified lesbian who doesn't have the experience to be governor" lacks real candor and sincerity.

Can you imagine the reaction if some reactionary Republican made the same comments?

Quinn, serving as a loyal Cuomo supporter, is a very intelligent person and knew exactly what she was saying and doing. In 2014, she assisted Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election effort by assisting in the creation of the "Women's Equity Party."

This party was designed to give Cuomo another line on the ballot and drive a wedge between his Republican opponent Rob Asterino and female voters. Her future political quid pro quo or "pay off" after Cuomo was re-elected took place in 2015.

He returned her favors and appointed Quinn to a plum position in his administration as a "special advisor" to the governor. She also become vice chair of the New York State Democratic Party.

Cuomo and his Democratic Party political bosses don’t care if you are liberal or conservative, gay or straight, man or woman — just play ball like Quinn and you’re welcome to the smoke-filled clubhouse back rooms.

As state Democratic Party vice chair, a real independent leader would be neutral in any primary contest. Why not give the 5,775,104 active registered Democrats a chance to weigh in on primary day? 


Larry Penner

Great Neck
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