‘QUINNBERG’ STONEWALLED: LGBT Democrats in Her Own District (Chelsea & West Village) Lead Grassroots Uprising Against Her.

Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
Won’t sign away my life to
Someone whose got the flavor
But don’t have no follow through
Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
Wont sign no monkey papers
I don’t do funny business
Not interested in fakers
Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
-Lady Gaga

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 the official  LGBT Mayoral Forum for the 2013 Democratic Primary at Baruch College’s Mason Hall on East 23rd Street was sponsored by leading local  LGBT organizations. Sponsoring organizations included:  Gay City News, Stonewall Democrats of NY, Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, and Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens for the official LGBT Mayoral Forum for the 2013 Democratic Primary. and their membership gathered at Baruch College’s Mason Hall for the LGBT Mayoral Forum for the 2013 Democratic Primary.

Quinn, an out lesbian and master of identity politics, who represents Chelsea and the West Village and considered by many to be the front runner, in the company of what some might presume to be her base, did not walk away with the debate, perhaps for many of the reasons eloquently outlined by Alec Baldwin earlier this week in a piece entitled ‘The Mighty Quinnberg’ wherein he exposed Quinn as a political charlatan.   That in an of itself is a newsworthy development.  As reported on NY1, Quinn took hits inside the forum for some of her unpopular positions on sick leave and the term extension  from the candidates challenging her, including especially Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson. Likewise the growing grassroots opposition to Quinn had a powerful presence outside the debate.

The NY Daily News reported that: “Christine Quinn booed by LGBT groups during forum for Democratic mayoral candidates”.  As noted by the publishers of the citizen activists on the Defeat Christine Quinn Facebook page:

“Even though Quinn has distributed 10X more discretionary funds to her own LGBT-heavy district than to the rest of the City (which is in greater need), the community booed her at a Mayoral forum hosted by the City’s gay democratic clubs.”

Back in the day, when Christine Quinn was more an urban Norma Rae building her street cred as a progressive activist for the working middle class on issues of affordable housing  and LGBT rights, few would have thought that the candidate who has since morphed into Larry the Cable Guy just trying to git r done for her developer sponsors, would face an uprising of this nature from within her base. To many it was inconceivable. Welcome to 2013 where Quinn is at risk of losing the endorsements of both Democratic Clubs in her own district of Chelsea. (See: Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club / Chelsea Reform Democratic Club)

The question becomes, how much erosion of support can Quinn withstand within the LGBT Community and still have a viable campaign or at least remain the front runner? Or will the power of Quinn’s identity politics and the culture of distraction preclude the wider citizen body and voter population from absorbing the full nature, depth and extent of the earnest intellectual basis for the revolt against Quinn within the engaged elements in her community and the democratic party in general? Only time will tell what the future holds in store for the Speaker of the City Council but at this juncture, she might be content to run out the clock on her opponents to preclude any one candidate from gaining material traction and the anti-Quinn vote from coalescing around one anti-Quinn candidate rather than being splintered among her challengers.


  1. Perley J. Thibodeau Mar 22

    Pleased to see that everyone else has caught on to her, too.
    She’s so blatant in all of her gang buster dealings.

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