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It may add up to this week’s mayoral show about nothing, but the pre-debate slugfest for Wednesday focuses on comments — initially misquoted by the Times’ Maureen Dowd — that Bill de Blasio’s wife made about why Christine Quinn seemed to be foundering as a mayoral candidate.
Once the early version was corrected, Quinn was sticking to her denunciations of the statements from Chirlane McCray as low and personal and hateful. Here are the corrected statements, you be the judge:
Ms Dowd: “What do you think the problem is with women voters, I mean why hasn’t she been able to get that Hillary kind of thing going where whatever flaws are involved they’re excited to break that barrier?”
Ms. McCray: “Well I’m a woman, and she’s not speaking to the issues that I care about and I think a lot of women feel the same way. You know, I don’t, I don’t see her speaking to the concerns of women who have to take care of, you know, children at a young age or send them to school and after school.”
Mr. de Blasio: “Paid sick days.”
Ms. McCray: “Paid sick days, I mean issues in the workplace. She is not speaking to any of those issues.”
De Blasio aide: “Do you know the whole fight over paid sick days?”
Ms. McCray: “What can I say? And she’s not, she is not accessible. She’s not the kind of person that, you know, I feel that you can go up and talk to and have a conversation with about those things, and I suspect that other women feel the same thing that I’m feeling.”
De Blasio has been bashing Quinn from the get-go, which may be why the Quinn camp sees value in pressing the matter. Personal? Sure. But significant or indicative of anything? Maybe not.