After much speculation, Quinn backs Thompson
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose aggressive role in helping overturn the city’s term-limits law put her at odds with mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, endorsed her fellow Democrat Monday.
For months, Quinn had steadfastly refused to say whom she was supporting, and her close relationship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg fueled speculation she would sit out the race.
But on Monday, in response to a question after an event to promote healthy eating in schools, Quinn offered her backing.
“I believe Bill Thompson’s been a good comptroller,” Quinn told reporters. “I think he would be a good mayor and I think it’s very important that the Democrats are united.”
Thompson has made anger about the extension of term limits – which Quinn helped shepherd through the council - a cornerstone of his campaign.
He said he is happy to have the speaker’s backing.
“Democrats from across New York City, New York State and the country are lining up behind the campaign,” he said.