Scoopy’s, Week of Sept. 12, 2013
In with Quinn, but she didn’t win: Things didn’t quite turn out the way Christine Quinn wanted on election night, but there was a great turnout for her at her election night party. Her dad, Larry Quinn, 87, and her sister, Ellen, shown flanking a loyal Quinn volunteer, kept their spirits up even as the exit polls were showing it was unlikely Christine would make a runoff after the primary. We were also told repeatedly NOT to violate the “Larry Quinn Rule,” i.e. that he’s not allowed to talk to reporters. At one point, Mr. Quinn was on the verge of saying something positive to us about Bill de Blasio when Ellen and the volunteer immediately tag-teamed him to zip it! We got the feeling Mr. Quinn badly WANTS to speak to someone. Maybe now that the primary pressure is over he can shoot the breeze once more. Free Larry Quinn! Just kidding. Meanwhile, Gil Horowitz, the Washington Square / Lower Fifth Ave. activist, who successfully converted to Catholicism a year ago, told us of his deep faith in Quinn. “I prayed for her last night,” he confessed to us. Bless you, my son. Hey, who’s to say if it didn’t get her a few percentage points? But it wasn’t enough to push her past Bill Thompson for second place. Also showing the love for Quinn were Joe and James Clementi, father and brother of Tyler Clementi, the tragic Rutgers student who was spied on with a webcam while having sex with a man in his dorm room, and then mocked about it by his roommate, causing a distraught Tyler ultimately to leap to his death off the G.W.B. three years ago. James now heads up a foundation in his brother’s name that works to prevent suicide in youths, especially L.G.B.T. youth, and provide them with safe places. Elsewhere, Councilmember Gale Brewer, who went on to win the B.P. primary, stood tall outside P.S. 3 on Hudson St. on Tuesday night — well, at least this life-size poster of her did.
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