From: crainsnewyork.com

Gay group backs Quinn rival

By Chris Bragg
June 21, 2013

2013 Gay Awards Ceremony
William Thompson has picked up an endorsement from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club in his race for mayor.
Photo: Buck Ennis


Some of Council Speaker Christine Quinn's most vocal opponents have found their candidate for mayor.

The Jim Owles Democrats, one of the city's two citywide LGBT clubs, on Thursday endorsed former Comptroller Bill Thompson, touting him as the most viable alternative to Ms. Quinn, its president confirmed.

Though Ms. Quinn would be the city's first openly gay mayor, the club has long clashed with the speaker on everything from allowing Mayor Michael Bloomberg a third term to watering down living-wage and paid-sick-leave legislation. A number of the club's members, including animal advocate Donny Moss, are among a contingent that often protest Ms. Quinn at events.

The club's president, Allen Roskoff, another outspoken critic of Ms. Quinn, confirmed the endorsement. According to Mr. Roskoff, the club voted overwhelmingly to back Mr. Thompson.

"We believe Mr. Thompson will provide progressive leadership and return the city to face the needs of the middle class and working poor," Mr. Roskoff said in a statement. "Thompson's record of commitment to the LGBT community is strong and bold. We also believe he is the best candidate to stand up and secure the defeat of Christine Quinn and thus put a final end to the Bloomberg-Quinn administration, an administration that delivers for the wealthy and privileged."

The other citywide club, the Stonewall Democrats, backed Ms. Quinn.

Mr. Thompson has had a big week already, landing the backing of the United Federation of Teachers and the Teamsters Local 237. However, Ms. Quinn could get a bigger boost next week: Some sources say she will receive the endorsement of the building workers union 32BJ Tuesday, as first reported on Friday morning by the Politicker. But other labor sources said that while a Quinn endorsement by 32BJ was likely, its leaders still had not made a formal decision between Ms. Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Ms. Quinn put herself in position to land the union's backing by allowing paid sick leave legislation and a prevailing wage bill to come to the City Council floor for a vote, albeit after she limited the scope of the bills.

No final determination has been made about a mayoral endorsement, according to a 32BJ spokesman, who added that the union's executive board will vote Tuesday.

 

Officers

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

  1. Hon. Eric Adams
  2. George Arzt
  3. Lance Bass
  4. Charles Bayor
  5. John Blair
  6. Mark Benoit
  7. Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte
  8. Hon. Jonathan Bing
  9. Matthew Bond
  10. Erik Bottcher
  11. Hon. Gale Brewer
  12. Danny Burstein
  13. Robin Byrd
  14. Tiffany Cabán
  15. Christian Campbell
  16. Gus Christensen
  17. Hon. Martin Connor
  18. Tom Connor
  19. Hon. Jon Cooper
  20. Wilson Cruz
  21. Hon. Laurie Cumbo
  22. Alan Cumming
  23. Michael Czaczkes
  24. Hon. Bill de Blasio
  25. Aries Dela Cruz
  26. Jon Del Giorno
  27. Kyan Douglas
  28. James Duff
  29. Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
  30. Hon. Rafael Espinal
  31. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  32. Marc Fliedner
  33. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  34. William Gerlich
  35. Dan Gettleman
  36. Jason Goldman
  37. Emily Jane Goodman
  38. Hon. Mark Green
  39. Tony Hoffmann
  40. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  41. Binn Jakupi
  42. Hon. Letitia James
  43. Hon. Corey Johnson
  44. Camille Joseph
  45. Phillip Keane
  46. Suzanne Kessler
  47. Yetta Kurland
  48. Dodge Landesman
  49. Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito
  50. Phillip McCarthy
  51. Matt McMorrow
  52. Michael Mallon
  53. Mike C. Manning
  54. David Mansur
  55. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  56. Troy Masters
  57. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  58. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  59. John Cameron Mitchell
  60. Donny Moss
  61. Barry Mullineaux
  62. Denis O'Hare
  63. America Olivo Campbell
  64. Noah Pfefferbilt
  65. Josue Pierre
  66. Bob Pontarelli
  67. Billy Porter
  68. Hon. Keith Powers
  69. Randy Rainbow
  70. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  71. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
  72. Maer Roshan
  73. Sheila Rule
  74. Toby Russo
  75. Bill Samuels
  76. James Sansum
  77. Scott Sartiano
  78. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  79. Lynn Schulman
  80. Cecile Scott
  81. Frank Selvaggi
  82. Rev. Al Sharpton
  83. David Siffert
  84. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  85. Kathy Slawinski
  86. Tom Smith
  87. Anne Strahle
  88. Hon. Scott Stringer
  89. Wayne Sunday
  90. Hon. Bill Thompson
  91. JD Thompson
  92. Bjorn Thorstad
  93. Hon. Matt Titone
  94. Jessica Walter
  95. Barry Weinberg
  96. Seth Weissman
  97. Hon. Jumaane Williams
  98. Emma Wolfe
  99. Hon. Keith Wright
  100. Zephyr Teachout