After City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tore into two of her rivals in the mayor's race on NY1, the targets of her attacks fired back Wednesday. Meanwhile, former Rep. Anthony Weiner picked up an unusual endorsement. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller William Thompson are hitting back after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn ripped into them during an exclusive interview on NY1 Tuesday.
De Blasio referred to her performance as a "meltdown."
"I think Speaker Quinn has a lot to hide in terms of her incessant support for special interests, her unyielding support for Michael Bloomberg, and she that knows people don't like it," de Blasio said.
"It's angry and kind of in attack mode at this point," Thompson said. "I don't know whether it's increasingly desperate as she continues to point fingers and lash out."
Quinn is showing a new willingness to aggressively target her opponents and go after them by name.
The shift comes as her poll numbers have taken a significant hit. Her front-runner status is slipping.
In a radio interview on WWRL, Quinn tried to downplay her combative campaign tactics.
"I don't know combative, non-combative," she said. "We're heading into the home-stretch of the race here."
A spokesman for Quinn's campaign said de Blasio is running one of the angriest campaigns for mayor in memory, and he said Thompson has spent the better part of the last year attacking Quinn.
The fireworks came as many of the candidates for mayor continue their fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's defense of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. He caused an uproar by saying that police do not stop enough minorities.
As for former Rep. Anthony Weiner, he is calling for more independence from Albany. He said the city more control over its taxes, rent regulations, public schools, the World Trade Center site and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Weiner also had some fun with an apparent endorsement from Joey Chestnut, the reigning champion of Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition.
"Joey Chestnut obviously has an affinity for Weiners," Weiner said. "You don't get to be where he is unless you do."
Some might say it is Weiner's first big endorsement.