New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who along with Anthony Weiner has been one of the leading contenders in the city's mayoral election, gave her first public reaction to his latest sexting scandal by issuing a statement Wednesday morning.
Though Quinn stopped short of calling for Weiner to drop out of the mayor's race, as some of his other opponents have, she criticized his judgement and accused him of bringing a "circus" to the campaign. Her full statement is below:
"New York City is the largest and most complex city in the country. It has a budget the size of most states. It's home to 8.4 million New Yorkers who day in and day out work hard to pay their bills, raise their families, and create better lives for their children. This city deserves a mayor with the maturity and judgment to lead, a real record of delivering results for the people of New York, and a fundamental understanding that the job is not about self aggrandizement —it's about making the lives of New Yorkers better today than they were yesterday.
The circus that Mr. Weiner has brought to the mayor’s race these last two months has been a disservice to New Yorkers who are looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this City and a record of actually delivering real results for them.
Being the Mayor of New York is serious business and it demands a serious leader. Instead we have seen a pattern of reckless behavior, consistently poor judgment, and difficulty with the truth. New Yorkers deserve something completely different: they deserve a mayor who has the judgment, maturity, record, and vision to lead this City. That’s what I offer as mayor.
We are less than 7 weeks until Primary Day and I intend to vigorously make the case to New Yorkers, that if you want a mayor who has the judgment, maturity, record, and vision for leading this City, I am your candidate.
If you want a mayor who has real ideas for making this city more affordable –backed up by real results, I am your candidate.
And if you want a mayor who understands just how serious running this City actually is, I am your candidate.
So, I am going to get back to work, ignore the sideshow, and continue making the case that there is only one candidate who has the record, vision, and know-how to lead this great city and do so with the seriousness it deserves."