Former Metropolis Council Speaker Christine Quinn denies she meant her barb at Cynthia Nixon on Tuesday as an assault on the brand new gubernatorial candidate’s sexual id. However then, why did she deliver it up?
“Nixon was against having a certified lesbian grow to be mayor of New York Metropolis. Now she desires an unqualified lesbian to be the governor,” quipped Quinn to The Put up, plainly nonetheless smarting from her personal failed 2013 mayoral bid.
Behind the scenes, Quinn was clearly doing the hit on behalf of her ally, Gov. Cuomo — who absolutely wished the “unqualified” level hit exhausting, with the “lesbian” bit left unstated.
He’d already ordered up endorsements from as a lot of New York’s homosexual institution as he may beg, borrow or purchase, out of over-the-top fears of winding up on the unsuitable facet of this main identity-politics divide.
However Quinn-Cuomo bungled it, coming off as bullies. Nor did the ex-speaker’s walkbacks (like a tweet that Nixon’s “id has no bearing on her candidacy, and it was not my intention to recommend it did”) erase the divisive goonishness.
A goonishness that’s been an Andrew Cuomo trademark going all the way in which again to his rumored function in deploying the “vote for Cuomo, not the homo” line when his father was operating in opposition to Ed Koch.
Now, Nixon’s lack of political expertise is honest sport (although she has been lively in lefty causes: homosexual rights, Deliberate Parenthood, and so on.) Certainly, since Cuomo doesn’t dare go after her as too left-wing (certainly, he’s absolutely going to maneuver additional left himself to beat her again), it’s virtually the one cost his camp could make.
Nixon, for her half, could be smart to go much less ideological, and slam the gov over his neglect of the subways and, above all else, his gaping vulnerability on the subject of corruption.
That was the difficulty that unknown regulation professor Zephyr Teachout labored to tug 33 p.c of the vote (the very best on file in a main in opposition to a sitting gov) in 2014, and it’s much more related now.
It additionally leaves Cuomo and his institution allies with nothing to say.