Today is the day: The Democrats vying to be mayor of New York City in 2013 have until midnight to raise cash for the first six-month filing period of the year, and with former Rep. Anthony Weiner knocked out of the race, the remaining candidates hope their balance sheets will be a sign of their strength.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn will likely have the biggest haul, which her supporters hope will give her the best claim to be called heir apparent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
She professed no knowledge of what her final fundraising total will be when she attended a City Hall endorsement for Dan Quart’s Assembly race Friday.
“I don’t know,” Quinn shrugged. “I guess we’ll see next week.”But while Quinn tried to lowball expectations, her campaign says this was her best cycle yet, expecting to show $1 million raised. She’s riding high after a successful budget deal that protected teacher jobs without raising taxes, and she played a key role in legalizing same-sex marriage. Over the past weekend alone, she held three fundraisers.
Final figures will be publicly released Friday. As of the January filing, Quinn had about $5.4 million in her campaign coffers, while de Blasio had just $230,000, according to state campaign finance records. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer had slightly less than $1 million, Comptroller John Liu $483,000 and former comptroller Bill Thompson had $82,000.
Only Thompson has formally said he will run for mayor; the others are officially undeclared. But the rivals are friendly even as they jostle for an edge.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who is also a likely candidate, was also at the Quart endorsement and praised Quinn with a comparison: “Speaker Quinn and I came up through the grassroots. I have a special affection for people who do it that way. It’s the best way to come up, to really serve the community.”
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