Christine Quinn formally announces run for NYC mayoralty

Christine Quinn formally announces run for NYC mayoralty

New York City took a step closer to having its first female and openly gay mayor on Sunday with the formal announcement that strongly tipped Democrat Christine Quinn will run for the post.

The city council speaker and veteran of New York politics confirmed her intention via a tweet and released a video in which she vowed to fight for middle- and working-class New Yorkers.

An early favourite to get the Democratic nomination for the mayoralty, she is also expected to get the backing of Republican-turned-independent mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Her closeness to the incumbent has been criticised by those on the left of her party who claim that she has betrayed her principles on occasion to advance politically.

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