Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Council speaker and out lesbian, launched a run for mayor this morning.
In a YouTube video, Quinn went into detail about her background and political career. The video stands out because sexuality is at best in the background. She mentions leadership of the Anti-Violence Project, an organization that offers support to LGBT hate crime victims, but that’s about it. There’s no mention of wife Kim M. Catullo.
The speaker and Catullo were married in 2012 May. The wedding was attended by major political players of New York, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York’s two senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Raymond Kelly, the city’s police commissioner.
While her home life was not foreground in this official introduction, Quinn already has the support of the Human Rights Campaign. The largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US made its endorsement last month.
‘New York needs Christine Quinn because she approaches every issue she cares about with passion and drive,’ Chad Griffin, the organization’s president, said in a 1 February statement. ‘Whether it’s equality for all New Yorkers, great public schools or twenty-first century infrastructure, Chris is ready to fight for the city New Yorkers deserve.’
If elected Quinn will be the first woman, and out gay politician, to be in charge of the Big Apple. Late last month a Quinnipiac University poll showed she had a comfortable lead over primary challengers. The speaker was at 37% while her nearest competitor came in with 14%.
Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure ends in 2013 December.
Below is a copy of Quinn’s video.