Christine Quinn gets attacked from the left

A new ad, put out by a coalition of labor unions and liberal activists, hits at Quinn's ties to the 1 percent

By Jillian Rayfield

Published April 8, 2013 4:07PM (EDT)

A coalition of left-leaning groups has launched a new ad campaign against New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, attacking her ties to the 1 percent and her "political ambition."

The 30-second ad is part of a $250,000 buy by labor groups and one animal rights group, and will run for three weeks. From the New York Times:

The coalition opposing Ms. Quinn is called NYC Is Not for Sale 2013 and appears to be a successor to a group that actively opposed Mr. Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election bid. It also includes an animal-rights group, NYClass, that has long fought with Ms. Quinn over horse-drawn carriages and other issues. But the coalition also includes Democrats who had previously been major donors to Ms. Quinn.

The ad, which shows a picture of Quinn surrounded by smoke, says that “Virtually all of Christine Quinn’s decisions were made in rooms just like this, with her friends in the 1%. She wants you to think that she’s a progressive, but on the issues New Yorkers care most about, she is always on the wrong side."

"All that’s clear as the smoke lifts is her political ambition," the ad says.

In response to the ad, Quinn released a statement decrying NYC Is Not for Sale as "a SuperPAC made up of special interests," conducting "an all-out effort to undermine New York City’s public campaign finance system." Quinn's spokesman Mike Morey also said that the group has “strong connections to Bill de Blasio," who is also running for mayor. De Blasio spokesman Dan Levitan denied any connection to the ad, the New York Times reports.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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