City Hall Dispatch: Speaker Quinn loses it ... for a second
Council Speaker Christine Quinn clowns around earlier this month, but wasn't her patient self Monday when asked about term limits. (AP)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn was quintessential Quinn through a news conference Monday announcing her new health care initiative. She made jokes and even chuckled when a Staten Island woman referenced as the lady.
But when the reporters questions turned away from the survey at hand and to the haunting topic of a third term for Mayor Bloomberg, Quinn was less patient and less, well, Quinn.
Nothing has changed, everything is still speculative, Quinn said. Theres nothing really more I have to say about term limits.New York Posts Sally Goldenberg bore the brunt of the speakers frustration after she asked where the council was approaching staff members individually for their term-limit views.
Youve asked my staff that question, and youve been answered repeated, Quinn said.
Goldenberg interjected: But Im asking you now.
Let me clear. When my staff speaks, they speak for me, Quinn continued in a rised voice. You dont trust what my staff says, then you can make a formal complaint. Youve been told by my staff that that didnt happen.
There was an awkward silence before Quinn took another question, jokingly warning the next reporter: Dont ask something youve asked already.
She was back to her cheerful self.