(PIX11) – Like in every campaign, personal jabs also take the spotlight in the politcal boxing ring.
One day after Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray was quoted in the New York Times saying Christine Quinn was someone who she felt “can’t talk about issues like taking care of children,” the mayoral hopeful, who doesn’t have children, retaliated through a press release Wednesday.
“There are women all across the City who don’t have children for any number of reasons, whether they simply can’t, choose not to, or circumstances don’t afford them the possibility,” Quinn said. “As young teenage girls, both my wife and I lost our mothers and the decision to have children is a deep and personal one that we should be afforded the opportunity to make, without aspersion.”
While Quinn and her wife took “personal offense” to the McCray’s comment, she said, “I have a large loving family of Catullo’s and Quinn’s, with 10 nieces and nephews who I absolutely adore, like they’re my own.”
According to a statement by Bill Hyers, de Blasio’s campaign manager, Chirlane McCray was “misquoted” and “her actual comments were about Speaker Quinn’s unwillingness to listen to the people on education, and paid sick leave, and any suggestion otherwise is disingenuous and absurd.”
Quinn, however, stands by her initial statement saying de Blasio’s campaign “made it clear” Quinn is not a person who can talk about “taking care of children at a young age.”
Levia Prieto, the mother of Manny Lanza who’s death led to Manny’s Law, took “great offense” McCray’s remark and issued a statement in Quinn’s defense.
“When I lost my son, the first person who called me out of concern for what she could do to make sure that what my family went through never happened to anyone else was Christine Quinn,” she said.
Assembly woman Deborah J. Glick also defended Quinn saying McCray’s comments were “homophobic” and saying “she should know better” because she was once “lesbian.”